If you’ve decided to finally take the plunge and start taking care of koi, then you will definitely have to go out and buy koi fish supplies. I’m not going to lie here – you will need quite a number of koi fish supplies initially. But don’t worry because as long as you buy high-quality equipment, you wouldn’t need to shell out loads of cash on replacement equipment in the future.
Before I give you some tips in buying koi fish supplies, let me first say that I personally prefer buying from physical stores to buying online. This is especially true when it comes to buying koi, as buying directly from a local koi breeder reduces the number of people handling the koi. Keep in mind that no matter how careful people are when it comes to handling koi, the mere fact that the fishes have to pass through several handlers increases the risks and stress to which the koi are exposed. In addition, buying koi from a local breeder will afford you better follow-up support and after-sales services.
Nevertheless, there are certain cases when buying koi fish supplies online has its merits, such as when buying equipment not available locally or if there are no fish supply store near you. Regardless of whether you purchase from a physical store or online, these tips will definitely help you:
- Consider high-quality equipment a good investment.If this is your first time to take care of koi, it is understandable if you have reservations when it comes to buying expensive equipment. But let me say this: it’s always a good idea to pay a premium for koi fish supplies. For one, well-made equipment will last you for years. With proper upkeep, there is a very slim chance of you having the equipment replaced or repaired, so it will definitely save you time and money in the long run. If you’re on a somewhat tight budget, make sure to at least invest on quality lime pumps, skimmers, and filters. If you live in a temperate region, invest in a de-icer, as well.
- Consult someone who specializes in koi fish supplies as to what equipment you will need.Aquariums and ponds need fairly similar equipment, but it’s still better to purchase equipment specifically made for koi ponds. Note that your koi pond will be located outdoors and will have bigger capacity than a typical indoor aquarium. That said, you will need something more durable. It is also highly advisable to ask your local dealer to help you install the equipment (a lot of local dealers will gladly do this for free), especially those that are powered with electricity. Alternatively, ask the seller to teach you how the equipment work and how to clean them.
- Stock on supplies which you will need for regular upkeep. You will need to maintain your pond regularly to keep your koi healthy. In addition to installing high-quality equipment, you will also need to regularly treat the pond water with medications, vitamins, conditioners, and other essential koi fish supplies. This will help create a healthy environment for your koi and prevent the spread of diseases. Consider purchasing thermometers, test kits, and clarifiers as well for when you notice sudden changes in the natural state of your koi pond.
Building your own koi pond can be a lot of work, but the final outcome is definitely worth the effort. Hopefully, these tips will at least help your venture be easier and hassle-free.