Why Are My Koi Eating My Pond Plants|Rochester|New York|NY
It could be that they are hungry! The first item to note is how many fish you have. If the fish are competing for food, they will eat everything they can get a hold of... including your plants.
If you have the proper ratio of fish (one inch per square foot) and they are still eating your plants, try feeding them a little more fish food. Fish much prefer fish food and pellets to plants, and if given the opportunity, will eat the fish food instead.
And finally, keep in mind that koi are inquisitive fish and explore their surroundings with their mouths. If you catch them rooting around the base of your waterlilies, try using larger rocks around the base of the plant so the fish can’t move them and destroy the planting
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Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation|Rochester|New York|NY
Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation
If there are large trees located near your pond then you will want to consider netting your pond. In the Rochester & Western NY areas this should get done before leaves make their way down usually at the end of September or early October. Once the majority of leaves fall the net can be removed and put away for the winter.
Cut Back Pond Plants
Your pond plants will be at their best from all their summer growth. With lower temperatures coming soon, your beautiful plants will turn ugly and dieback. If left unattended in the fall, this foliage will turn brown and decompose into the pond creating a mess. Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls recommend pruning all pond plants close to the water's surface. Tropical plants including floating hyacinths and others should be removed prior to winter.
Adding A Pond Aerator
Part of fall pond preparations is adding an aerator. This will help oxygenate your pond and keep an opening in the ice for all the harmful (to fish & frogs) gases from decomposing leaves and plants in your pond to escape.
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Landscape Designer / Pond Contractor, Tom Warmerdam has been designing, installing & maintaining koi ponds, water features, patios, landscape lighting & creating outdoor living area paradises all around Rochester, New York (NY) for over 30 years. His company Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls was awarded by Aquascape Inc. as one of the top 100 in North America in 2014. He has been attending conferences at Aquascape headquarters every year since 2004 in Chicago, Ill to maintain his Certification(Certified Aquascape Contractor) status.