What to ask when buying a house with a koi pond?

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    Tula

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    I never remove my pump from my skimmer and have never had a problem. The skimmer is the picture with the white / beige filter pads folded in it. I removed my pads and hose them off. Ive time, it's possible a lot of gunk will settle in the borrow of a skimmer. I use a small aquarium net and scoop it out.

    An Ultima II is a good filter :)
     
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    Good job on the backwashing. You'll definitely want to keep doing that.

    Is the well water chlorinated? If so you'll want to add something like Seachem Safe powder when replacing the water. I'd advise replacing maybe 20% of the water ever other day until the blue dye is gone.

    I see that you have rocks on the bottom of the pond and there will definitely be sludge trapped around the edges of those. You can buy a pond vacuum like the Oase Pond-o-Vac and work around the rocks with the wand.

    There is a LOT to learn in this hobby. You've signed up for something really fun and (especially if you choose to raise koi) potentially challenging.
     
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    I suggest you stop adding bacteria, no pond needs bacteria added and you're only adding organic material that needs to be processed by existing bacteria.
    Keep you water quality high, purchase some water quality test kits including KH and GH, provide good water circulation and aeration.
     
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    Here is an easy answer, I wouldn't ask anything about it other than can they write down some maintenance suggestions. It is after all just a hole in the ground with water in it. Worst case scenario if something was wrong with it you could spend a few hundred bucks filling it in. If this were the roof or foundation or something like that then the answer would determine whether or not to buy the house. With a pond though, no matter what the answer was it wouldn't sway me from buying the property.
     
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    Or make it pondless or just a water feature with no fish .
     
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    We bought our house with the pond already in place. The owner left us 3 full-sized koi...one died the following spring but the remaining two are happy and healthy and have made baby koi twice in the past 3 years. :) You do have to think of the koi as pets--they do need food daily during the warmer months, so if you go on vacation, you need someone to pet-sit the fish.

    The questions that I would have asked upon buying the house are: (and luckily we were able to contact the old owner to ask these questions as they came up)
    How many gallons is the pond?
    Where have you purchased replacement parts (pump, filter pads, etc.) in the past?
    What kind of pond plants have you used/what do you recommend? (We bought the house in October and they already had the plants out.)
     
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    The pictures are showing a simple pond filter. The pond seems to have just algae and no plants from the pictures. It's winter so I am not sure if there is a collection of plants somewhere that come out in the spring.

    The water stinks probably because of the lack of removal of organic material. A spring clean up will help.... a reduction of the number of fish will help... adding plants to absorb the ammonia and nitrates will help.
     
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    Hi. Good luck with the new house and pond. My wife and I just moved into our new home 6 months ago. There is so much to do! We get Amazon deliveries sometime twice a day! I agree with above comments that there is too much organic waste. You can increase water movement to decrease anaerobic decay. This will greatly improved the water quality and smell.
     
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