Planning a vacation or other trip out of town. If you are like most people getting a neighbor or relative to feed your fish is a simple thing to accomplish. But what if a problem develops? Who you gonna call? Well the members listed below have volunteered to assist with emergency problems with your pond. Take the time to call someone on the list before you leave and ask if they will be available to help your caretaker if any problems arise.
A little bit of advance preparation can help to prevent problems or minimize those that sneak in there in spite of your best efforts.
1. Get one of the members to be on call for problems. This wouldn’t need to be the person keeping an eye on things but somebody that could be contacted and come on short notice in case of trouble.
2. Cut back on feeding. A smaller portion of feed isn’t going to make much difference in the growth of the fish and won’t have as harmful an effect as suddenly discovering the fish are getting too much. You KNOW this will manifest itself as soon as you step on the plane. It’s Murphy’s Law.
3. Cover the pond with a net. This will keep the fish in, and birds and most animals out.
4. Remove all nets and containers or anything else that might be used to catch your fish but keep them available to those who might need to rescue your fish.
5. Dont for get the cancel the maid help and Fönsterputsning Stockholm.
5. Make no major modifications to the pond/filter shortly before you leave. I speak with experience on this one. Having installed a Kaldess K1 filter chamber just before leaving for a few days only to have the whole bed compact and the filter become completely blocked. Attempts by my loved ones to relieve the situation caused the Kaldess to backwash and block it as well. It wasn’t too warm at that point and I wasn’t gone too long. The damage was minor but the potential for greater harm was there as well.
6. Keep a backup system at hand. Nothing too fancy and as idiot proof as possible. Myself I have a simple sump pump with a 3/4″ hose at hand. Dump it in the last chamber. Pull the answer from it’s rubber mount, pull all the plugs and plug in the sump pump. Nothing fancy but enough to help the fish survive till I get back.
7. As a sort of doomsday insurance I plant to fill and run my QT. If the person feeding my fish arrives and finds the pond half empty they can throw them into the quarantine tank. Yes it is technically too small but hey, it’s better than sucking air if you are a fish!
8. Write out a step-by-step instruction sheet and label all valves and switches for the filters and pumps. Include the location of the electrical panel.
9. Place the instruction sheet in a baggie and staple/hang it near the filtration and pumps.
10. Definitely develop a standby list of other knowledgeable koi keepers who can be called upon to help out your family or neighbor if trouble develops.
11. To add to the feeding issue…pre-measure the food and place into separate containers.
12. Write an information sheet about your pond and fish, include feeding instructions, who to call for help, etc.