Too Late to Add Koi and Plants???

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Is it too late in the season to add more koi and plants to my pond? If it's not too late, what are some hardy plants that I can add that will survive the salt that I add during water changings (to dechlorinate the water for the koi and goldfish) yet provide them with much needed shade?
 
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it's not too late, I dont think. I'm adding plants right now :) Any floating plant will be fine until it gets very cold and water lilies too. I'm adding water lily right now.

How much salt did you add? I buy plants from http://www.lilyblooms.com/ or from http://www.bonniesplants.com/. They are easy to order as they tell you if it's hardy or tropical.

I'm also in NC in the triangle, where are you located?
 
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Just a small handful of the salt pentacrystals. I'm in the triangle too...Clayton. I'm headed over to Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden Center on Atlantic Ave in Raleigh. I bought a GORGEOUS lotus from them at the beginning of the summer that's still blooming.
 
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it's not too late, I dont think. I'm adding plants right now :) Any floating plant will be fine until it gets very cold and water lilies too. I'm adding water lily right now.

How much salt did you add? I buy plants from http://www.lilyblooms.com/ or from http://www.bonniesplants.com/. They are easy to order as they tell you if it's hardy or tropical.

I'm also in NC in the triangle, where are you located?
Just a small handful of the salt pentacrystals. I'm in the triangle too...Clayton. I'm headed over to Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden Center on Atlantic Ave in Raleigh. I bought a GORGEOUS lotus from them at the beginning of the summer that's still blooming.
 
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Just a small handful of the salt pentacrystals. I'm in the triangle too...Clayton. I'm headed over to Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden Center on Atlantic Ave in Raleigh. I bought a GORGEOUS lotus from them at the beginning of the summer that's still blooming.
I'm in Durham :) I was at Raleigh farmer's market last weekend and got some nice big plants for my pond. you could look into that too.
 

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@PinKoiPam Don't forget that you'll want to quarantine any new fish BEFORE they go into the pond -- assuming you already have fish in the pond. If these will be your first fish, then you don't need to QT. Opinions on the period of QT vary, but a minimum of 4 weeks is best.
 
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I'm in Durham :) I was at Raleigh farmer's market last weekend and got some nice big plants for my pond. you could look into that too.
Just got back from Atlantic Orchid & Garden. Got some good deals! Bought 2 koi got 2 free. All the pond/bog plants were 30% off, I bought 4: umbrella palm, colocasia mojito, colocasia bikini-tini, and something else (can't remember what it is :confused::dummy1: )
 
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@PinKoiPam Don't forget that you'll want to quarantine any new fish BEFORE they go into the pond -- assuming you already have fish in the pond. If these will be your first fish, then you don't need to QT. Opinions on the period of QT vary, but a minimum of 4 weeks is best.
WHAT!!!! How? I have them floating in their plastic bag in the pond right now. QT them for 4 week where?:eek:
 
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Just got back from Atlantic Orchid & Garden. Got some good deals! Bought 2 koi got 2 free. All the pond/bog plants were 30% off, I bought 4: umbrella palm, colocasia mojito, colocasia bikini-tini, and something else (can't remember what it is :confused::dummy1: )
Haha, I need pictures!

With adding 4 koi to your pond right away, please keep watch your water preamiter as 4 koi can cause ammonia spike. It shouldn't be that bad for established pond but if the pond is small, it could still hurt the balance a bit.

Next year the koi will be big. You might want to start thinking about expanding the pond now ;)

Koi is tempting for me, but I wont do it, they get too big and live too long lol.
 
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Haha, I need pictures!

With adding 4 koi to your pond right away, please keep watch your water preamiter as 4 koi can cause ammonia spike. It shouldn't be that bad for established pond but if the pond is small, it could still hurt the balance a bit.

Next year the koi will be big. You might want to start thinking about expanding the pond now ;)

Koi is tempting for me, but I wont do it, they get too big and live too long lol.
Expand the pond! WHAT!!! It's 4000 gallons. It should be bigger?
 
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