September 2022

Hi-Fin Banded Sharks:
I am begining to think we will never get Hi-fin sharks again. I get excuse after excuse but our order is in and we will keep trying. Believe me no one is more anxious to get our stock back up. We will put out an announcement as soon as we can get some in - Be the first to get notified by clicking here

New Product - Water Wheel:
Extra Extra Extra We are in development stage on a 30 inch diameter handcrafted redwood Working Water Wheel complete with water pump for your pond or garden. We anticipate going into production in Sept. If you are interested call or text us with your name so we can put you on the list to be among the first to get one - Click here for a video clip

Pond Tips:
The topic for September is one that  I have been hearing about from several friends in the Koi community. It is one that I have had personally with Sad, tragic results. This is something that happens in practically all ponds. I am talking about the Koi Spawn. Depending on water quality koi normally spawn twice a year, in early spring (normally around the middle of March) and again in late fall (middle of September). The biggest factor causing spawning is water temperature and water temperature change. But that is a topic for another time. What I want to cover today are the problems caused by spawning. The biggest most dangerous problem is the rise in ammonia levels. It is not uncommon to see an overnight rise from 0 ppm to 3 ppm. as a result of spawning. Immediate steps must be taken to reduce your ammonia level. The best way to reduce ammonia is by doing a drastic water change. on the level of 50% water change. This must be done ASAP. You can't leave it till tomorrow or even later that afternoon.  I once and only once put it off till the evening when it would be cooler only to come back out and find that over half of my koi had died.  Once you do the water change you have to continue to test the water morning and evening doing more water changes till the ammonia level is back to normal. API makes an Ammonia blocker which blocks the ammonia from becoming nitrite and this makes it safer for your fish. However if you do a test this blocked or safe ammonia will show up in your water which makes things very confusing because you don't really know if you or your fish are safe. Also remember that as long as there are eggs in your pond the ammonia level will continue to rise. This makes continued  water test critical     
 

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