Pond Myth#1: Predators will eat all of your fish!
There is a constant fear in the water gardening community that predators will help themselves to your prize koi, shubunkin, or goldfish. While it is healthy to respect the vulnerability of your fish to Heron and other critters, forewarned is forearmed! Install proper fish caves, overhangs, and water plants to ensure your fish can get out of sight.
Pond Myth#2: UV lights are the best way to keep your water clear.
UV clarifiers are one of the ways to keep your pond water clear, but certainly not the only way, and arguably not the natural way. Install bog filters to help balance your pond ecosystem.
Pond Myth#3: The presence of rocks and gravel make it difficult to clean your pond.
You are susceptible to buying into this myth, if and only if, you’ve never experienced rocks and gravel in your pond. Rocks provide a natural surface for beneficial bacteria-an essential ingredient to a healthy pond.
Pond Myth#4: Koi can’t be kept in a pond that also contains plants.
In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. Plants help to keep the water quality balanced as well as provide hiding places for fish to escape from sight.
Pond Myth#5: Your pond must be at least three-feet deep in order to keep koi.
There are many two-foot deep ponds around the country, full of happy and healthy koi. The concern is that the pond be deep enough to allow the koi to escape predators. Install fish caves, rock overhangs, and plant material to allow your fish to get out of sight.
Pond Myth#6: Your pond water must be tested on a daily basis.
This myth comes from the aquarium industry and has a lot to do with the fact that an aquarium is a much smaller body of water. Bring Mother Nature into the picture and how easy it is.