Thursday, June 14, 2007

Do I have to put salt in my pond? -Anthony

There are both pros and cons with adding salt to a Koi pond. No, you do not have to put salt in your pond.

  • Salt makes Koi secrete a thicker slime coat
  • Salt kills parasites
  • Salt helps Koi with osmoregulation
  • Salt irritates Koi
  • Salt kills plants
  • Constant salt in ponds is creating salt-resistant parasites
  • Salt is only removed with water changes
Most people have salt in their ponds when they bring in a new Koi. This helps kill parasites and makes them have a thicker slime coat. After a while, they will lower the salt level to nothing with water changes.

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