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Water quality is the most important factor in a koi pond or water garden. Koi, goldfish, and other aquatic life can survive in less than ideal conditions. One thing koi keepers can do to help their fish thrive instead of survive is to make sure that the minerals and trace elements found in natural ponds are in the water in their koi ponds and water gardens. In almost all cases, the water used to fill our beautiful ponds is deficient in most of the minerals and trace elements needed to allow our koi and goldfish to reach their maximum potential. What little minerals you have in your pond water are quickly absorbed by the fish, plants, and even the bacteria that colonize your filters. Unfortunately, most of the water used for our ponds comes from the tap, which is a poor substitute for providing a healthy aquatic environment for your fish. Minerals and trace elements are necessary for the optimum health and development of our fish. The only way those minerals can be replaced or introduced is through water changes and additives. The highest quality koi in the world are raised in mud bottom ponds. Even the top koi breeders have to add fresh clay to their ponds to replace the minerals and trace elements needed to raise these incredible living jewels.
The leading koi experts in the world agree that the clay that contains the most minerals and trace elements is bentonite / montmorillonite clay. There is very little, if any bentonite clay in our yards and gardens. This type of clay was formed millions of years ago, and has to be mined and processed to a consistency that will allow you to add it to your pond. Even though there are mines in several places around the world, not all bentonite clays contain the same level of minerals. That is why I spent the time and effort researching to find the best source to make sure our clay is high in the needed minerals for your fish. You can be assured that "KOI CLAY" has been laboratory tested to confirm it will provide the proper minerals for your fish when used according to our dosing instructions. Try it and you will see the difference in your water, your fish and your pond.
FOR KOI PONDS AND WATER GARDENS
Use one level tablespoon of "KOI CLAY" for each 1,000 gallons (US) of water every other day for the first two weeks. Beginning the third week only dose one or two days per week. You can dissolve "KOI CLAY" into a container of pond water and pour it evenly around the pond, or make it into a mud ball and lay it in a gently flowing stream of water so it dissolves slowly.
The minerals contained in "KOI CLAY" are beneficial to all living things. They benefit your plants and fish, as well as the bacteria living in your filters. "KOI CLAY" will remove toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, and pesticides). "KOI CLAY" literally attracts these elements like a magnet and then sucks them up like a sponge. This causes the entire "mess" to settle so it can be removed by a good mechanical filter, or screened out manually. All this improves water clarity and quality.
ADDING "KOI CLAY" TO THE FISH FOOD
"KOI CLAY" can be sprinkled on moistened fish food pellets or added to homemade paste foods. If you moisten the pellets you can also put them into a plastic bag containing "KOI CLAY" and shake it so the clay powder evenly covers the moist pellets. Spread them out onto a cookie sheet to dry and you can feed them later. Feeding your koi and goldfish calcium bentonite clay aids in their digestion as well as removing toxins from their bodies. By improving your fish's digestion it decreases the amount of waste they produce which in turn reduces the load on your filter thus improving water quality.
VISIBLE BENEFITS TO YOUR FISH
Within two or three weeks you will see an improvement in your water as well as the skin quality of your koi and goldfish. The colors will be more vivid, and the white ground brighter. Your fish will show increased appetites and vigor.
BENEFITS TO PLANTS
"KOI CLAY" can be added to your potting soil or garden dirt. You can sprinkle it on the surface of potted plants or dissolve it in water when watering your plants. "KOI CLAY" will add minerals lacking in your garden soil and improve the nutrition as well as the flavor of your vegetables. It also improves disease resistance in your plants.