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Old 06-06-2013, 12:48 AM   #1 
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Anyone have a koi pond??

Anyone here have a koi pond? I'm wondering what you use to cover your pond so birds don't attack the fish. Do you use a net or is it enough to have rocks and things for the fish to hide under? They are babies the size of feeder fish.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:05 AM   #2 
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:07 AM   #3 
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Nope,i don't have any.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #4 
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I have a seven year old koi pond and fortunately have never had issues with birds. This is probably because the pond is under full canopy cover. This also prevents it from overheating in the southern summers.

There are a couple of things you can do to keep birds from the pond. There is some commercial-grade bird netting you can put up, but I believe it ruins the aesthetic of a pond. Some people use owl decoys, but I don't know how effective it is. I've also seen people use motion-activated sprinklers to scare birds away. The depth of the pond also plays a part in keeping away varmints. If the pond is too deep for raccoons or heron to stand, they won't stick around for long.

When my pond was built, we put in structures for the koi to hide in overwinter. Something like large PVC pipe could be used after the fact to give your fish somewhere to hide. Live plants on the surface like lilies, water lettuce, or water hyacinth could also be used to hide the fish from predators. Plants are also great for absorbing nutrients and keeping the water clean.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:19 PM   #5 
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I used to but it got demolished after having to give all of them away. I never had problems with birds but there was a little bridge for them if they wanted to hide and the depth of the pond was deep
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