Return to the Koi Ponds Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
New to koi

Posted by james_vagabond none (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 7, 14 at 0:20

Hi folks, I just picked up an established koi pond off of CL. It is an 800 gallon stock tank with a waterfall, filters and a few fountains for increased d.o. It came with six healthy Koi and I intend to A) make it deeper by sealing plexiglass around it for a clear viewing window and more room, from there I am attaching a few clear flexible tubes to connect to satellite ponds so the fish have plenty of room. I want to install a gate for hatchlings so they don't get eaten by the big guys.

I plan on using this for aquaponics as well, for a dynamic use. As I am trying to have a self-sufficient set up, and have experience growing spirulina in a lab setting, I'd like to raise/grow their food supply, but haven't had the greatest luck finding info other than for very large ponds. Is it possible to raise krill, algae, plants etc in sufficient quantities to provide a full and diverse diet? I want to give them the best, and often find nothing beats homebrew. I can control what fillers/additives/garbage that manufacturers use to save money, while providing them a balanced whole diet.

If anyone has experience with this and can recommend a good blend of algae/crustaceans/plants I would appreciate it. I can raise the krill and etc separately and batch feed the koi so they don't eat them all in one shot.

Thanks I look forward to hearing your wisdom!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: New to koi

Hi, well that is an interesting concept. If you can raise freshwater krill to the size of a forth inch to half inch that would be great. I never heard of anyone doing that. I have seen people raising duckweed to feed tilapia. I'm taking that this pond is outside. Be careful when connecting satellite ponds that they will have proper filtration. I don't know what region you are in. Koi need an alternating diet as the weather becomes cold. Their systems slow down and they wont be able to handle the high protein from krill. You will have to use a wheat germ for colder temps.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Koi Ponds Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here