thinking about making some changes
I am thinking of making some changes to my pond. This is a little unusual for me as I have had the koi pond bug for years. I am thinking of transforming it into a water garden with catfish and just a few koi.
Its a really big pond, (42'x25 ' 3-4' deep) which was initially created as an aquascapes pond and I added a veggie filter and transformed the waterfall into a veggie filter too. I also changed out the pump to a good sequence pump.
This summer has been more intense than the last 7 and I am unused to Kentucky humidity (I started my hobby in Washington State). I find myself with a total lack of desire to go out of doors when the mosquito clouds are as bad as they have been and I dislike deet intensely. As a result, there have been days in which I did not check on the pond and when I did, ran into minor issues including clogging filters, overflowing waterfalls, etc. It was really not a big deal but they have always been little "omgs" and have required sudden changes in plans and a lot of quick work. It happened again today. Both veggie filters had clogged and I lost a bit of water and I spent hours wading in mud correcting the issues.
I love the pond and have no desire to do anything drastic. What I am thinking of doing is reducing my koi population from maybe 30 to about 6 large ones, keeping the catfish, adding waterlilies, returning the waterfalls to just that with a lower water volume, and correcting or removing the veggie filter altogether (my preferred option). I know that koi eat waterlilies and I actually want to set mine free a bit because the waterlilies I have in my clay bottomed pond are huge and much happier than the potted ones in the koi pond. My thought is to create large wire cages like those big dog crates, and put the waterlilies into soil inside of them. As it is, I have 7 waterlily plants in the pond. I have an additional 12 in the small pond which can be transferred over.
So my thought is that with low fish stock, and higher plant life, I can get away with reducing my filtration. I might even choose to remove the large veggie filter altogether to be quite honest. That way, on those days in which the mosquitos are particularly blood thirsty and hanging in dark clouds everywhere, I can stay inside and not worry about what I will find in a few days.
Oh, and to top my crazy idea off further, I want to put the pump on a timer and turn it off at night. The pump is great and it is an energy saver but it still eats quite a lot of electricity.
If necessary, I am willing to replace the koi with pond comets..but I would rather not.
go easy on me :)