If you’re planning to have a water garden or a fish shoal, you may wish to have a koi pond filter system, one of the most valuable part of your garden pond.   These types of garden apparatus comes in many configurations, often determined by its cost and intricacy.   It would be necessary for you to have a pump, koi pond filter and aerator in your lagoon.   You can install the garden devices in many positions, outside or within your garden pond, depending on the type you choose, but you would have to choose wisely because each has their own advantages and restrictions.  

 The simplest type of koi pond filter arrangement is a basket filter.   These may be stationed at the surface of the pond or underwater depending upon their design.   These pond filters work by forcing the water through a net which captures larger debris and then returning the water to the pond.   You need these filters for your pond.  There are various types of garden pond filters available which can remove debris of greater or smaller sizes.   The basket will need to be cleaned from time to time to avoid clogging.   Ask the device manufacturer for the proper cleaning schedule of your pond filter. 

 A UV filter is one of the more advanced types of pond filters on the market.   This type of garden pond filter proves true the saying that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”   Quite notably, the sun’s ultraviolet radiation wipes out scruffs and brown algae so effectively. 

 Garden pond filters exposes the water to the powerful UV light which destroys algae and deadly organisms that’s often bad for the fish.   You will have to clean regularly this types of pond filters.   To make sure that the maximum amount of UV light would be traveling to the water though the pump, take off the UV bulb housing at some point for some grime might have caused it to be encrusted.   These pumps generally take a small amount of water through them at a time.   They’re an excellent enhancement for a pond but, in and of themselves, they generally can’t handle a quantity of water sufficient to provide for the safety of all the water in the pond. 

 A bacterial garden pond filter uses living organisms to purify the water of organisms that prey on fish and other pond-dwellers.  Pumps are often primed with bacteria before they are put into work to clean the pond water.   Usually, they are re-primed frequently during the first few weeks of use, according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then at longer intervals thereafter.   You are better off with bacterial filters which are most effective against algae and pond scum pollutants.   Switching on the particulate pond filter, like the basket filter, will give some long visible results.   A bacterial filter takes a while just to clean up fouled water and this can take as long as a couple of months.   Install garden pond filters even before you notice problems of algae, the reason for this is to avoid the trouble of cleaning up a big mess once the plants got established.    

 There will be a significant effect with regards to the volume of a pond in connection to results of the type of filtration.   As a reminder, you should not cut corners in the area of where you place the pond filters.   The filters should have the capacity to filter at least half of the pond’s total water volume every hour.  Clearly, for bigger ponds, you should expect to spend a larger amount of money in terms of filtration technology.   Even if this may seem to be extravagant, a good filtration can ensure the fish in your pond remains active and healthy. 

Garden Landscaping Calgary is a local organization that supports the use of koi pond filters.

Written by: Custom Stone and Waterscapes ‎3829 Parkhill Place SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2W6 (403) 870-1142