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Should I add salt to my Koi pond?
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Author:  oubrekm [ Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Should I add salt to my Koi pond?

I recently did a local Tour of Ponds and was surprised that several Koi pond owners swear by adding salt to their ponds periodically. Whenever I think of doing this, it seems too much like cooking a gumbo to me. Their ponds were some of the cleanest on the tour, with less algae than many others. I have Koi in one part of my pond and fancy goldfish in another part with a fair amount of water plants. Is this a good idea to add salt? What are the pros and cons of doing this? Do you have any rules of thumb of how much to add?

fyi... I am located in South Louisiana with current temps in the mid 90's and rain every few days.

Author:  Jake Langeslag [ Mon Jul 07, 2008 1:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Should I add salt to my Koi pond?

Kent -
Good to hear from you! You still need to send me some pictures of your pond!

As for Salt - Yet another ongoing debate in the watergarden world... Some people like to add salt all the time, some just in the spring and some never add it.

Most people use it as a the first line of defense when their fish start to come down with something. A healthy level of salt in a pond is good, but you dont want it to go too high, or your plants will start to get affected.

I always buy the softener salt at the grocery store when i salt my pond. DO NOT GET TABLE SALT though... that would make the KOI GUMBO that you speak of. Stick to softener salt that comes in the large bags.. and make sure its all salt with no other fillers...

Algae is not a huge fan of salt in higher amounts (just like the other plants in your pond) this may help decrease some algae... however you did say this was a pond tour... many locations on pond tours are known for sometimes draining out their ponds and removing all the algae right before the day of the tour :lol:

I guess you really need to first ask yourself why you want to add salt to your pond? Are your fish acting funny in that you may suspect some parasites? Or are you trying to control Algae? If you are trying to control Algae in a pond then there are many other more affective ways of doing it than just using salt treatments.

I usually only salt my pond in Minnesota in the spring after the long winter if i see my fish are acting funny, otherwise i leave it out and so far it has worked pretty well for me.

If you do plan on adding salt regularly, i recommend getting a salinity meter testing kit to make sure you keep the levels in an acceptable range.

I do not have my dosage numbers around me at the moment and i dont want to quote you the wrong treatments so I will add to this post once i get them.

If you have any other follow up questions feel free to shoot away!


Author:  oubrekm [ Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Should I add salt to my Koi pond?

Good feedback as always. I'll read and network more before I decide if I pursue this.

I promise I'll send you some pics. I haven't yet because I still don't feel like I'm "finished", but I'll give you some work in progress pics from my first year. We really are enjoying our pond and fish.

Thanks again,

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