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Water Treatments

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Our biggest challenge as fish keepers is to create a ‘natural’ healthy environment in our ponds, where the correct balance of beneficial bacteria are allowed to develop and flourish.

The pond and filters in time, will mature to give a balanced eco-system. If this is not achieved, toxic waste that the fish produce will not be effectively removed and will cause stress to the fish and weaken their immune system.

This will lead to a reduction in their ability to fight off potential health problems. Growth and development are also adversely affected and in severe cases, fish losses will occur.

Our ponds are often overstocked, over fed and are treated with aggressive chemicals to kill parasites, fungal or bacterial infections. All of these have a detrimental effect on the balance of bacteria we are trying to maintain in our filters. Even a week on holiday with reduced feeding can cause the bacteria colony to die back.

To assist our own eco-system, we can introduce and supplement the correct beneficial bacteria into our system to accelerate and maintain this natural balancing process. This in turn will lead to clear, well-balanced water and healthier fish. At Pond Pets USA we are constantly asked for advice on which bacterial and supplement type products we use on our ponds.

We decided to research your needs and find products, that will set new standards for quality and performance. If you need any assistance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to help.

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Microbe-Lift PL

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Microbe-Lift PL creates a healthy environment in your pond or lagoon and promotes faster fish growth. It improves dissolved oxygen and reduces hydrogen sulfide odors.

Microbe-Lift PL provides sustained biological activity in water temperatures even under 55 degrees. It helps to reduce ammonia and nitrogen levels and reduces animal waste buildup.

Odor-Free and Safe

PL will seed and maintain biological filters and will improve dissolved oxygen levels. It digests organic sludge, reduces unpleasant odors and breaks down both dead algae and uneaten fish food. 100% safe for humans, plants and wildlife.

Microbe-Lift PL should be used in conjunction with other Microbe-Lift products in ponds with especially difficult water quality problems, or if an extremely high level of water clarity and cleanliness is required.

PL is effective even: if your pH is high or low with or without sunlight if alkalinity is high or low if oxygen level is high or low Microbe-Lift PL is an extremely useful, versatile product and is sometimes used as a stand-alone maintenance solution for general pond health and water clarity.

Microbe-Lift PL Basic Application Rates
Size of Pond (in gallons) 1st Application (purge) Next 4 Weeks (once per week)

Maintenance (once a month)

80-200

8 oz.

2 oz.

2 oz.
201-500

10 oz.

3 oz.

3 oz.
501-1,000

12 oz.

4 oz.

4 oz.
1,001-5,000

16 oz.

6 oz.

6 oz.

Microbe-Lift/PL Helps To Do The Following:

  • Helps reduce Ammonia and Nitrogen levels
  • Helps ponds to clear naturally
  • This bacteria is active even in water temperatures under 55° F
  • Breaks down organic sludge and slime
  • Seeds and maintains biological filters
  • Creates a healthy environment for your pond, promoting faster fish growth
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Koi Foods

Choose the right Koi food

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Choosing the right food for your Koi is one on the most important decisions you must make. Pond Pets USA is committed to offering a wide selection of medicated, colour enhancing, growth stimulating and sustaining foods.

The feeding pattern, and thus the growth rate, of Koi depends on many factors, such as water temperature, water quality, stocking density and genetic background Koi feed most actively at temperatures in excess of 15c(59F), thus sexually immature fish can grow rapidly during the summer months when the temperature is warmer.

Once Koi are mature, their growth rate slows considerably; in sexually mature fish, most of the food eaten is utilized in producing eggs or sperm in preparation for breeding. However, unlike many other vertebrates, fish continue to grow throughout their lives and it is easy for pampered Koi to reproduce and continue to grow because of their artificially high feeding rates.

The cycle of rapid growth in summer and retarded growth in winter produces rings on the fish’s scales (much like the growth rings of a tree) and a Koi’s age can be determined by counting these rings. Some Koi-keepers, however, who heat their pools in the winter, continue to feed their Koi throughout the year. If a Koi has continued to feed during winter its rings will not be clearly defined and it will therefore be difficult to age.

Water Temp
in °(C)
Feeding Quantity Food Type
less than 10 Do not feed Koi Temps. at 10° C of more than one month may require supplemental feedings of low protein high carbohydrate.
10-13 2-3 times a week
(if Koi are hungry)
High carbohydrate, low protein, laxative type foods.
Wheat germ, squash, lettuce & brown bread.
13-15 4-5 times per week
(if Koi are hungry)
Add low protein (25%) pellets along with vegetables.
Increase quantities gradually as temp. increases.
15 Once per day six days a week Low protein (25%) pellets along with high carbohydrate vegetables and fruit.
15-18 Once or twice per day everyday Gradually increase protein in pellets (35%) and quantity of pellets. Vary diet with vegetables and fruits.
18-22 Once or twice per day Bulk of diet should be 35% protein pellets.
Add fruits, vegetables and plankton for variety.
22-26 3-4 times a day High protein pellets (35% to 40%) with color enhancers. Add plankton, vegetables, fruits and shrimp.