While Koi fish are the perfect pet compliment to a beautiful pond, they tend to attract some unwanted admirers. Fish, like any other animal, have several different predators to watch out for. Luckily, there are several steps a pond-owner can take to prevent these attacks on your Koi.
The first way to ensure your fish’s safety begins with the creation of the pond. It is important to make sure the pond is deep enough so the fish have a place to escape to while a predator is attacking. This is especially important for protection against land predators, raccoons in particular. If the pond shelf is too shallow, the predators will not have any problem getting a snack. You can also have a fish cave or home installed in your pond. This creates a covered area underwater that your koi can hang out in and be safe from predators.
Methods of Predator Prevention After Pond Construction
Another method of Koi safety is something that can actually also enhance the beauty of your pond. Floating vegetation, such as lily pads and flowers, provide hiding spots for your fish that will protect them from aerial predators such as heron. Other deterrents such as putting a net over the pond at night when predators are most active or setting out decoys such as heron or alligator decoys can also prove an effective method for preventing attacks on your Koi. One of our VIP members, Sandy and Art Collins, have effectively protected there prized fish by using fishing line as a barrier over there pond!
These general methods should help deter predators from seeking a free meal in your pond. There is a chance the predators will eventually adapt to a different routine and begin avoiding your pond altogether. Good luck!