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how to tell if a fish is male or female (sexing koi)

how to tell if a fish is male or female

how to tell if a fish is male or female (sexing koi)

How can you tell if a koi fish is male or female?
 
A mature male koi will have a slender looking body, while a female
koi will have a rounded body, particularly when it’s spawning season and she’s carrying a nest full of eggs!
 
Next, examine your koi’s fins. A male koi’s pectoral fins is thicker, pointy and solid color
 
How can you tell if a fish is a boy or a girl?
 
Look for tubercles. One of the main tell-tale signs that your koi
fish is male, is the development of tubercles (small white spots) on
their gill-shields head and pectoral fins it is well emphasized during
the breeding season.
 
Look for a thinner, more streamlined body shape
 
Look for a concave vent
 
Look for a midline ridge
 
Watch for chasing behavior.
 
Koi fish are a great addition to any garden koi pond or aquarium.
 
But whether you just brought your koi fish home or its spawning season fish friends
 
determining the sex of your koi fish can prove difficult for new owners.
 
This is especially true if the koi are still young.
 
But, determining koi fish gender is important for the health of your koi.
 
If you can determine the gender of your koi, you can more easily
watch for gender-specific sickness and disease in the koi’s life.
 
Male and female koi differ slightly in shape and size.
 
SEXING KOI FISH
 
Sexing, or identifying the koi fish  sex, can be difficult if the koi is under a foot long.
 
However, with older koi  fish you can easily identify the gender by comparing size.
 
Generally, male koi are slimmer and smaller than their female counterparts.
 
Female koi have a fuller body and broader shoulders.
 
But, at a young age, male koi are typically larger than female.
 
Male koi may also have larger pectoral fins than females. T
 
hese fins are more pointed than round female fins.
 
You can also identify a koi’s gender by examining the vent area on the underside of the fish.
 
A male koi will have a line from head to tail.
 
A female koi will have the same line, but will also have another crossing in a “T” shape.
 
A female’s vent will also be more round and more pink than a male’s.
 
Observe your koi during feeding to see if they skirt away or fight for the food.
 
If you carefully feel your koi’s pelvic bones, females will have a soft
abdomen in between the bones for holding fish eggs.
 
In male koi, however, these bones are fused. Again, these methods are difficult when koi are young.
 
Also take note of your koi fish’s eating habits. Females tend to be
more aggressive during feedings, staying near the surface and
continually eating, while male koi swim around more throughout the session.
 
During spawning season, male koi will develop some tiny white spots on the sides of their face.
 
These are called tubercles and feel rough to the touch, like sandpaper. Females do not develop tubercles.
How do you know if a fish is a boy or girl?

Boys will tend to have a longer, thinner body than girls. Examine the fins on your goldfish.

A boy’s pectoral fins will be more prominent and angular than a girl’s, with white bumps to the front of the fins. Study the shape of your goldfish’s body.

Do fish have a gender?

Most fish are gonochorists, but hermaphroditism is known to occur
in 14 families of teleost fishes.

Usually hermaphrodites are sequential, meaning they can switch
sex, usually from female to male (protogyny). …

The type of spawning that occurs depends on male body size.

How can I tell if my angelfish is male or female?

how to tell if a fish is male or female sexing angel fish
Photo from myaquariumclub.com

Look for a large crowned head on male angelfish. On a male, the front of their heads will have a high, noticeable crown. …

Check for a smaller, more rounded shape on female angelfish. Female angelfish might have more rounded bodies than males. …
Watch them as they swim towards you.

There are quite a few traits you can look for between the fish but,
unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to sex angelfish without seeing their breeding tubes.

In some cases it can be difficult to tell until you actually see the female laying eggs.

Sexing based on the breeding tube:

The female’s tube is blunt and wide like an eraser and the male’s is thin and pointy like a pencil tip.

Some of the traits you can look for to potentially identify a male can be:

A large bump on the forehead
The forehead drops down just before the eyes (females are more angular)
The belly line is more flat (females are more angular)

There are a bunch of other “ways to tell” out there on Google and
Youtube such as forked ventral fins, territorialism, amongst many others.

The best you can really do is try make an educated guess until you see them spawn.

Try putting a piece slate up against one of the side walls of the aquarium and see if a pair sets it up as their territory.

It becomes very apparent when they’re about to spawn because
they won’t let any other fish into their territory and you will see one or both of the fish pecking at the slate.

They are cleaning it and preparing it for laying eggs. learn more here 

 How can you tell a male from a female koi fish?

Male koi may also have larger pectoral fins than females. These fins are more pointed than round female fins.

You can also identify a koi’s gender by examining the vent area on the underside of the fish. A male koi will have a line from head to tail

Are fish asexual?

When a red-bellied dace and a finescale dace (freshwater fish in the
carp and minnow family) mate with each other, they produce a
hybrid with a very special ability: it can reproduce asexually.

This asexual hybrid should have a tremendous evolutionary
advantage over its sexually reproducing forefathers.

Can fish make babies?

After fertilization, the female can produce multiple batches of
babies without a male present.

Egglaying is also what the name suggests: the fish lay eggs instead of giving birth to little fish.

As the fish grow, they hatch into fry with an attached yolk sac, and then mature into fish.

How do you tell if a koi fish is a boy or girl?

A mature male koi will have a slender looking body, while a female
koi will have a rounded body, particularly when it’s spawning season and she’s carrying a nest full of eggs! Next, examine your koi’s fins.

A male koi’s pectoral fins, the ones near his head, will appear pointed and solid in color

How can you tell a male from a female betta fish?

Wait until characteristics begin to develop with age. Male and female Betta fish will look very similar when young. …
Observe the size and shape of their fins. …
Note his or her colors. …
Look for the egg spot. …
Compare their body shapes. …
Put a mirror beside or in the tank.

How do koi fish give birth?

Koi do not give birth to live young but instead deposit eggs in a method called spawning.

Spawning means to produce eggs or young in large numbers.

Koi are known as “egg scatterers” because they scatter their eggs all
over when releasing them during spawning.

If you want to learn more about koi breeding 
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koi care Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Take Care of Their Koi

koi care Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Take Care of Their Koi

Giving a child a goldfish can be an excellent way to teach responsibility. Once your children are a bit more mature, you can introduce them to koi fish.

Although koi require more care than goldfish, they are also more
versatile, and they can be placed indoors or outdoors.

Use latch hook hairstyles or another extra special treat to reward your child for a job well done.

You will be happy to learn that your kids are capable of caring for
your koi fish once you teach them how to do things correctly.

Here is the best way to get kids to care for their koi.

Ask Your Kids to Demonstrate
Setting up and maintaining a koi pond can be fun, so your children will want to get hands on right away.

After the koi are safely placed in their aquarium or pond, you can have your kids show you that they know what to do.

Have them feed the koi while you stand back and observe. When it comes time to clean out the pond or tank, give your children the tools and supervise them as they set out to work.

As long as the responsibilities you give them are age appropriate,
your children will impress you with how well they take charge.

Make Them Responsible for a Set Period of Time

When kids are old enough to be home alone for a period of time, they’re definitely big enough to take care of their own koi.

Add koi care responsibilities on your children’s chore chart so they know what to do.

This can mean that they need to check the koi pond’s water
temperature every morning, or that they will need to feed their koi every day after school.

Give them some responsibility but check up on them so that their koi are guaranteed to stay healthy.

After a while, you can trust your kids to be responsible and you can
even consider rewarding them with a funky hairstyle, like a mohawk or crochet braids.

Quiz Them on Their Koi Knowledge

After you have seen your kids feed their koi, clean out the tank, and
check on their fish, you need to do just one more thing to ensure that they are fully responsible.

Quiz your children on their knowledge of koi to see if they’ve got all the facts down right.

Ask them about what water temperatures are safe for koi, how
much food they should feed their fish, and what they should do if they see their koi are sick.

Some of their answers might surprise you, but overall you can expect them to get the majority correct.

Koi fish live for a long time if they are cared for well, so your kids
can grow up with a family pet that sticks around for decades.

Get them started early so that they can care for their koi fish, even when you aren’t at home.

As their fish grow larger and their collection becomes even more
vast, they will get to know their koi on a personal level.

Can you keep koi fish in a tank?

Keep koi in large aquariums for a few months at a time. If you live in an apartments, you may have to keep koi in aquariums for their entire life.

That is possible, as long as you do not overcrowd the aquarium with too many koi. … Your tank should have 1 cubic foot per 1 inch of koi fish length.

How long can koi fish go without food?

Many experienced fishkeepers routinely leave their charges for two
to three days without making any provisions for feeding.

Almost any fish can go that long without fish food (more about that later, as well). However, if you’re going away for longer, some preparation may be needed.

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building a koi pond How to Create an Eco Environment for Your Koi Fish

building a koi pond


Koi fish can be a beautiful, colorful addition to a garden, which is
why many homeowners choose to incorporate them into their ponds.

If you are considering adding koi into your landscape, find out how
to create an eco-environment for your koi fish.

Introduce a Circulation System

A circulation system is simply the pumps and plumbing, which are
required to provide the appropriate oxygen levels to effectively care
for both the koi fish and plants.

It will also help you to maintain your pond’s aesthetic appeal, as it will create a cleaner environment.

Install an Effective Filtration System

A filtration system should include both a biological and a mechanical filter.

The biological filter will provide a surface area for the colonization
of bacteria, so that it can remove the water’s excess nutrients.

While the mechanical filter will not only feature the pond pump,
but it will prefilter the water and remove debris along the water’s
surface, and can, therefore, prevent the development of organic
materials on the pond’s floor. By doing so, it will create a healthier environment for all organisms within the pond.

Utilize Solar Power for Your Pond

Reduce your pond’s energy consumption and your household bills
by opting for solar power pumps and filters.

The systems will be powered by natural sunlight, so it won’t cost you a penny to run a clean and healthy pond for your fish.

If you are looking for high-quality, affordable circulation and
filtration systems, visit Water-garden.co.uk.

Add Fish for Natural Maintenance

Many people might believe that fish will create a maintenance
problem in a pond, but they can actually do the opposite.

Fish can actually reduce maintenance in a pond, as they are known
to graze on the string algae and bottom feed along the pond’s floor.

So, if you want to add a pond to your garden, you should ensure it’s bursting with life by adding plenty of fish.

Embark with Seasonal Maintenance

Of course, a pond will need a little bit of maintenance to create a
healthier environment for both your koi fish and the planet.

For example, seasonal maintenance will require you to drain your pond completely.

You will also need to scrub your substrate and rockwork with a
pond scraper, or you could use another algae removal device.

Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance can be a lot less laborious than seasonal maintenance.

It simply ensures the effective functioning of your filtration system,
and you’ll need to rinse both the biological and mechanical filter. You’ll also need to remove the pump for cleaning.

For example, you should remove each moving parts for cleaning,
and you should lubricate all gaskets.

As ponds are susceptible to limescale build-up, this can cause a
pump to stall or burn out, which can create unhealthy pond.

You must invest in a high-quality pond pump descaler, which
should be free from harmful acetic acid and chlorine additives. Also, don’t forget to check its pipes and tubing for cracks, leaks, and weak spots.

How much does it cost to build a koi pond?

A shallow 4′ x 6′ or 6′ x 8′ professionally-installed pond, including
excavation, liner, filtration system, and simple rock border might cost $2,000 to $3,500. As a DIY project, the same pond might cost $500 to $1,000. Larger ponds, depending on features and equipment, can easily cost $5,000 to $15,000 or more.

What is the minimum size for a koi pond?

A pond for goldfish or water lilies need be only about 2 feet deep for zones 5 or greater.

Ponds built in colder areas may need more depth to keep the pond from freezing solid.

Ponds built for koi should be close to three feet or deeper to allow these larger fish enough space.

How much space does a koi fish need?

Koi should be stocked based on a reasonable estimate of their full growth, not on their size at purchase.

Most well-maintained ponds will support 1″ of fish per ten gallons of water.

Though some koi in the largest ponds will grow to 36″, we recommend using an average of 21″.

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types of goldfish 15 different goldfish breeds you need to know

types of goldfish ranchu goldfish

different types of goldfish How to take care 15 different goldfish breeds you need to know

types of goldfish

Types of Goldfish (goldfish breeds)

Undoubtedly the most widely kept of all fish, goldfish exist in a far wider range of colors than their name implies.

Goldfish are suitable for both home aquariums and ponds, although the different color forms vary in terms of
their hardiness and not all are suited to be kept outdoors all year in temperate areas.

Goldfish are members of the carp family, but unlike most fish in this group, they lack any barbels around the mouth.

This characteristic allows them to be distinguished at a glance from koi. you can check out this blog post about the difference between a koi vs goldfish

Hardy Goldfish Types goldfish breeds

A body shape that has an elongated flattened football shape include: the Common, the Comet, Shubunkin. (good breeds for an outdoor goldfish pond).

The common, comet and shubunkin look very similar in shape and colors.

The comet has longer fins and most notably its tail fin is much longer.

The common doesn’t come in calico but the comet and shubunkin do.

The shubunkin is only calico so if it’s calico with short fins, it can’t be a common.

common goldfish (Carassius auratus) can become tame in both pond and aquarium surroundings.

They may live for more than 40 years—far longer than most other pond and aquarium fish.

Common Goldfish This is not only the most popular goldfish variety, but also the hardest and potentially the largest.

It occurs in a range of colors, but solid (“self-colored”) fish are usually preferred.

Good specimens display body symmetry, with even curves on the upper and lower body.

A short, broad caudal peduncle and a wide, slightly forked caudal fin make common goldfish strong swimmers.

These fish can survive in frozen ponds for short periods provided the water is deep enough for them to avoid becoming trapped in the ice itself.

red and white common goldfish
Red-and-White Common Goldfish

Red-and-White Common Goldfish The white areas of these variably patterned fish have a silvery sheen.

white common goldfish
White Common Goldfish

White Common Goldfish This variety, sometimes called the Pearl, is less popular than its colored cousin, but it
proves to be equally hardy.

common goldfish

Common Goldfish These fish vary from yellow through bright orange to a deep blood-red.

In exceptional circumstances, they may reach over 24 in (60 cm) long.

comet goldfish
comet goldfish

This elegant variety originated in the United States during the late 1800s. It is distinguished by its slim, streamlined body and its deeply forked caudal fin, which should be longer than the body when fully extended.

Comets are usually variegated in color; the most popular variety is the Sarasa, which is easily recognizable by the
deep red-and-white patterning extending over the body and fins.

Comets are active by nature,and require a spacious aquarium if kept indoors.

They will thrive in pond surroundings, although they may prove vulnerable to fin congestion during periods of severe cold weather.

Comet The Comet’s caudal and dorsal fins are greatly enlarged. This individual displays some chocolate body patterning.

comet goldfish sarasa
comet goldfish sarasa

Sarasa Orange may replace the more common red color of these fish. The variegated patterning
differs widely among individuals.

PIGMENTATION AND SHEEN

common goldfish black color

The protective scles on a goldfish form part of the outer layer of the body known as the epidermis.

Beneath this is a layer called the dermis, which itself overlies layers of fat and muscle.

Distributed among these layers are the pigments that give goldfish their vibrant skin colors.

These include reddish-orange and yellow pigments known as lipochromes, and melanin, a black pigment.

Lipochromes usually occur in the upper layers, but the location of the black pigment is more variable.

If melanin is present just below the scales, the goldfish looks jet black; if located in the lower layers, the fish looks blue (for example, the Blue Pom-Pon, bottom right).

When both types of pigment are present in different layers, this creates chocolate or coppery shades.

A goldfish that completely lacks pigmentation is silvery in color.

Another factor influencing the appearance of goldfish is the presence in the dermis of cells known as iridocytes.

These cells are normally distributed over the entire body, giving goldfish, such as the Blue Pom-Pom, a
shiny appearance.

However, the upper iridocytes are missing in some goldfish varieties. In such cases, the lower level of cells has a direct effect

types of goldfish Blue Pom-pom
Blue Pom-Pom

ORIGINS AND ANCESTRY

Goldfish are descended from carp that were kept in China about 1,700 years ago.

The first records of orange-marked carp date back to AD 300, but it was only from around AD 800, during the Sung Dynasty, that people started to breed these colorful cyprinids for ornamental purposes.

Goldfish feature
prominently in oriental literature and many other forms of art, including ceramics, and it is possible to track their early development from such sources.

Ancestral lines displaying many of the features seen in today’s varieties, including telescope-eyes, were well-established by 1600, as were numerous color variants, including some with variegated coloring.

The different body shapes and fin types that characterize many of the modern varieties were also beginning to emerge by the early 17th century.

Goldfish were imported to Japan in the 16th century, where still more varieties were bred, but it was to be another 200 years before they became available in the West.

They soon became highly sought-after, as the pond fish of first choice for the estates of the European aristocracy, and were kept in decorative bowls in grand houses.

Rather surprisingly, they did not reach North America until 1874. Nevertheless, their popularity grew so rapidly there that the first commercial goldfish breeding farm was established in the United States just 15 years later.

different types of goldfish

shubunkin goldfish
shubunkin goldfish

This popular variety is very close in appearance to the Common Goldfish.

This is especially so in the case of the London Shubunkin, which has an identical body, and differs only in terms of the arrangement of its iridocytes.

This particular variety was developed by London breeders during the 1920s, by which time enthusiasts in the U.S. had already created the long-tailed American Shubunkin.

In due course, the two varieties were crossed by breeders of the Bristol Aquarist Society in western England, creating the Bristol Shubunkin—a very distinctive and different form with large, flowing lobes on its caudal fin, which must not be allowed to droop.

Shubunkin coloration is generally very variable, but the orange areas tend to be paler than those of Common Goldfish.

They may also display dark speckling, as well as bluish shades that range from pale-whitish through to violet.

Darkly marked Shubunkins are highly attractive when seen at close range, but they are less conspicuous in ponds unless the water is particularly clear.

American Shubunkin The caudal fin lobes of this variety are much narrower than those of the Bristol Shubunkin;
they are tapering rather than rounded in shape.

Fancy Types of Goldfish goldfish breeds

An egg shape body shape are considered the fancy breeds and can include: Fantail, Ryukin, Veiltail, Oranda, Telescope,Black Moor, Panda Butterfly, Ranchu, lionhead, Pompon, Pearlscale, Hama Nishki, Celestial and Bubble-Eye.

The mature oranda, ranchu and lionhead has a wart like wen hood cover over its face and head

The oranda has a dorsal fin and the lionhead and most ranchu don’t.

The ranchu has a prominent arch in its back and downward pointed tail fins.

The lionhead and oranda have a straighter back line.

A goldfish with a hood cover with a straight back and no dorsal fin is a lionhead.

The fantail, ryukin and veiltail have similar egg shaped bodies with no distinct features like a hood cover or globe eyes

The fantail and ryukin have sturdy upright fins and tails.

The ryukin has a more prominent hump that the dorsal fin sits on than the fantail.

The veiltail has long flowing fins and tail.

The telescope, black moor and panda butterfly have their eyes on the sides of ball like protuberances

A black moor is a telescope/globe-eye but is only black or faded black in color.

The panda butterfly resembles the colors of a panda bear, clear sections of black and white.

The pearlscale and hama nishiki have a golf ball body shape with scales that stand out like little white domes

the hama nishiki has a slight hood cover on top of its head while the pearlscale does not.

The celestial has bulging eyes that point upward and no dorsal fin.

The bubble eye has two bubble shaped check pouches

types of goldfish pearlscale goldfish
pearlscale goldfish

pearlscale goldfish

This ancient Chinese variety can be identified by its rotund body, double caudal fins, and pearl-like markings on the sides of its body.

Each scale has a raised whitish center, making it look as if a pearl is embedded in it.

The variegated red-and-white form is the most common Pearlscale goldfish, but there is a also nacreous variety that resembles the Shubunkin in coloration.

Pearlscales goldfish are not strong swimmers, and are usually kept in aquariums rather than ponds, where their distinctive appearance is easier to appreciate.

ryukin goldfish

types of goldfish ryukin goldfish
ryukin goldfish

 

The most obvious feature of this goldfish is the hump between the dorsal fin and the head.

The body is relatively short and deep, the dorsal fin is tall, and the elongated caudal fin is divided to form a double tail.

Ryukins are generally brightly colored, with a deep-red and white coloration being the preferred form.

The markings on these goldfish should be symmetrical as far as possible.

Chocolate (coppery) individuals are often recognized as a separate form, the Tetsuonaga, especially in Japan.

Tetsuonagas have a reputation for both hardiness and the quality of their fin shape, so they are useful in Ryukin breeding.

The Ryukin is named after Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, where the ancestors of this goldfish were first introduced from China.

Orange-and-White Ryukin Ryukins have either normal eyes, as shown in this largely orange form, or, occasionally, telescope-eyes.

Calico Ryukin Nacreous patterning is not common in double-tailed goldfish but is seen in the Ryukin.

Calico Ryukins often have bold, contrasting markings.

wakin goldfish

types of goldfish wakin goldfish
wakin goldfish

This form displays a variegated pattern of orange and white body markings.

The vibrantly colored areas, which can vary from yellow through to reddish-orange, should extend around the body
so that the white areas do not predominate.

Purewhite wakin goldfish, which occasionally occur, are not favored by breeders.

Although the reflective metallic form is the most common, a nacreous variety also exists.

The wakin goldfish has a body shape similar to the Common Goldfish, but it can be instantly distinguished by its double caudal fin.wakin goldfish  are lively by nature, and grow rapidly; fish reared in ponds can reach 8 in (20 cm) in
length by three years of age.

Jikin

jikin goldfish

Descended from Japanese Wakin stock, the Jikin is often known in the West as the Peacock Tail.

The raised upper lobes of its double caudal fin form an X-shape when viewed from behind.

The Jikin’s body should be mainly silvery, with red areas restricted to the fins and around the lips.

However, breeding Jikins with this desired arrangement of markings and a well-balanced caudal fin shape always proves difficult, even when the parent fish are both well-marked and from a long-established line.

Black Moor

types of goldfish black moor goldfish

The matt-black color of the Black Moor is highly distinctive, as is its corpulent body shape.

This goldfish is a telescope-eye variety, with eyes extending out from the sides of the head.

The Black Moor is a selective color form of the Veiltail Although developed in the UK, it is now kept worldwide.

These fish are not very hardy, and are better suited to an aquarium than an outdoor pond, especially through the winter (in temperate areas).

Their coloration makes for an attractive contrast with brightly colored goldfish.

lionhead goldfish

types of goldfish lionhead goldfish

The absence of a dorsal fin is a key feature of the Lionhead.

The result is a smooth back that curves gently to the double caudal fin, the curvature accentuated by the fish’s relatively long body.

As Lionheads grow older, they develop a distinctive hood that covers the entire head area.

The headgrowth or hood (also known as wen or crown) may be a prominent growth on the top of the head (cranial region) or may encase the whole head except for the eyes and mouth

This usually starts to become evident at the very top of the head, and takes several years to develop to its full extent, when it has a raspberry-like appearance.

The hood is more developed in this variety than in any other.

Lionheads exist in a wide range of colors, although solid colors such as orange are most commonly seen.

They do not thrive at high temperatures, nor are they hardy in temperate areas.

Blue Lionhead When fully grown, the hood should cover the entire head, encircling the eyes.

The head has a wide appearance when viewed from above.

Oranda goldfish

types of goldfish Oranda goldfish

The dorsal fin on the back of an Oranda allows it to be distinguished at a glance from other types of hooded goldfish.

The Oranda also has a longer body shape and is a more powerful swimmer.

The hood, or wen as it is called in Japan, is normally restricted to the top of the head, extending back over the eyes. In mature individuals, the area between the folds of the hood may appear whitish.

Although this can look like a sign of disease, it is actually an accumulation of the protective mucus produced by the fish’s body.

The coloration of these goldfish is sometimes unstable, just as it can be in other hooded varieties.

This is particularly true of blackand- orange individuals, in which the orange areas often become more
prominent over time.

Blue Oranda In this increasingly popular color variety, the underparts are usually a lighter shade.

Ranchu goldfish

 types of goldfish ranchu goldfish

Sporting a hood similar to the Lionhead’s, the Ranchu is the Japanese counterpart of that ancient Chinese breed.

The Ranchu can be differentiated from the Lionhead by its shorter, more steeply curved body.

As with Lionheads, not all Ranchus display smooth body curvature from head to tail, and an individual with slight humps along its back is considered to be seriously flawed.

The double caudal fin may be only partially divided. In Ranchus of the highest quality, the top edge of the caudal
fin should ideally form an angle of 90 degrees with the caudal peduncle.

Ranchus, which are also known as Buffaloheads, are the most popular Japanese goldfish.

Four principal founding lines are recognized, each of which is named after its creator.

The dominant variety is the Ishikawa lineage; the others are Sakuri, Uno, and Takahashi.

All these forms display a hood, but some less-common varieties lack this feature.

They include the Osaka Ranchu, named after its city of origin, which also has a more rounded body. Another hoodless variety is the Nankin Ranchu, from the Shimane area of Japan, a silvery-white fish with red gill covers, lips, and fins.

In addition, there is the rare Nacreous Ranchu, also called the Edonishiki, in which the hood is poorly developed.

Red-and-White Ranchu A mature individual with hood growth on the side of the face is described as okame (the
name of a Japanese theatrical mask indicating a fat girl).

Red Ranchu All the Ranchu’s fins are relatively short; the caudal fin is carried high. The hood has yet to develop in
the young specimen shown above.

 types of goldfish Veiltail goldfish

Veiltail goldfish

The elegant fins of the Veiltail are easily damaged,so this goldfish should be housed in a spacious aquarium—free from obstructions such as large rocks—rather than in a pond.

The long caudal fin of the Veiltail is fully divided, so that it hangs down in folds.

The dorsal fin is tall, and in a well-proportioned Veiltail it should match the height of the body.

The overall body shape of this variety is rounded rather than elongated.

The anal fin is paired and relatively long, and tends to flow vertically when the fish is swimming.

In addition to individuals with normal eyes, telescope-eye examples of this variety are not uncommon.

The breed was developed from Ryukin stock by American breeders around
Philadelphia in the late 1800s

Celestial goldfish names

Actual video of celestial eye golfish

types of goldfish celestial eye golfish side view

types of goldfish celestial eye goldfish

Selective breeding of the goldfish has brought into being numerous variations in eye shape.

The Celestial has eyes that protrude very obviously.

They are not on the sides of the head, as in most goldfish, but rather in a semihorizontal plane so  that they point upward, as if toward the stars (hence the name).

The fry hatch with a normal eye arrangement, but the eyes rotate and shift position soon afterward.

The bodies of these goldfish are relatively elongated, and they have slightly curved backs, with no dorsal fins.

Both metallic and nacreous forms of the Celestial exist.

bubble eye goldfish

This unmistakable variety is characterized by the presence of large, bubblelike sacs under its eyes.

As in the case of Celestials, Bubble-Eyes have a long body shape, lack a dorsal fin, and have a double caudal fin.

Symmetry is a very important feature of this variety, with the sacs ideally being equal in size and shape.

These fluid-filled sacs wobble when the fish swims, and become compressed when it searches for food on the floor of the aquarium.

In a good specimen, the combined width of the bubbles and head should match that of the body. Bubble-Eyes
are only suitable for aquarium surroundings.

The tank setup needs to minimize the risk that the fish will damage their bubbles and provide them with plenty of swimming space.

Rockwork should not be included, and plants should be restricted to the back and sides of the tank. If a sac is accidentally punctured, it is likely to deflate.

can guppies live with goldfish

No Once the goldfish get large enough, they’ll eat (most of) the guppies, unless there are sufficient places for the guppies to hide from the goldfish.

(This rule generalizes to “When one fish fits inside the mouth of another fish, the first fish gets eaten.”)

There are many tanks that contain plastic dividers to keep your fish separate. Most goldfish are kind of herbivores. Usually goldies are the things eaten by other things when they are small.

But if your goldfish gets big enough I’m not promising it won’t eat other fish, it just might… Goldfish will eat insect larva and occasionally other fish if they are big enough and the prey is small enough.

They eat crustaceans some small invertebrates and plant material frequently. Small fish fry are likely to be eaten if the Goldie is hungry.

Gold fish are a pretty peaceful tank fish. They have different dietary needs than many other fish, so make sure all fish in your tank have their dietary needs met.

type of goldfish black eye goldfish

types of goldfish bubble eye calico

bubble eye goldfish orange color

types of goldfish that can live together

Goldfish are easy to care for and fun to watch. But it’s essential that you understand which types can live together.

Although goldfish are more social than tropical fish, you could have compatibility issues if you place different types of goldfish together.

Types
The types of goldfish include flat-body and egg-shaped, such as fancy goldfish. Egg-shaped goldfish cannot live with flat-body goldfish.

Warnings
Egg-shaped goldfish are slow swimmers, and many fancies have trouble seeing. Flat-body goldfish will consume all the food before the egg-shaped ones realize you dropped food in the aquarium.

Identification
Egg-shaped or fancy goldfish look round like eggs and have decorative, long fins. Some fancies have bulbous heads or eyes, like the celestial bubble-eye and the black moor. Flat-body goldfish have slim, streamlined bodies and swim quickly. They include the common goldfish and comets.

Environment
All types of goldfish can survive in an unheated, indoor aquarium.

Temperament
All goldfish are social. However, flat-body goldfish may bully the egg-shaped fancies if the aquarium is too small and the fish are competing for space and food. learn more

goldfish types for ponds

The outdoor pond in your yard will let you observe your goldfish in a natural setting. In establishing and maintaining a goldfish pond, be aware that the aquatic habitat needs of goldfish species vary. Some are tolerant of temperature changes, others are not. Also, not all species make good pond mates: Some species do not swim well with others.

Wakin
This slender-bodied fish featuring bright red and crisp white colors is not the most popular selection for outdoor ponds. This native of China grows up to 18 inches — pretty large for a pond goldfish. Today’s pet-store version of the wakin is a descendent of the Chinese gibel carp. He is a friendly fish who quickly begins to surface once he learns regular feeding times. He will overwinter provided you keep a hole allowing for the exchange of oxygen drilled through the ice. This is necessary because the fish does not hibernate. He is a fast swimmer: Best pond mates are shubunkin or comet goldfish.

Comet
Comet goldfish feature yellow, orange, red or white solid-colored bodies. They are highly hardy: They can survive for 10 to 15 years in outdoor ponds with water temperatures kept between 65 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. They are a single-tail fish who grow 6 to 10 inches in length.

Shubunkin
The shubunkin goldfish is a favorite with outdoor pond enthusiasts due to a flexible yet hearty appetite that readily accepts most food sources, with vegetable-based selections being more nutritious choices. This fish features attractive calico-style patterns with mixtures of red, brown, orange and yellow colors combined with black spots. A native of Japan, this fish is an excellent match for most goldfish species other than the telescope and the bubble-eye, who swim at much slower speeds.

Black Moor
As indicated by his namesake, the black moor sports black as his only coloring. But that does not mean his appearance is dull. Instead, his scales have a velvety look that glistens in the water — particularly when sunlight penetrates. His protruding eyes don’t offer the best vision. He is best off with other visually challenged species such as the telescope and the bubble-eye. Don’t place any sharp-edged decoration in the pond, as these can cut his eyes.

Fantail
The fantail species is an acceptable yet slightly challenging choice for beginners. He is hardy and will tolerate a few missed feedings but not being left for extended periods in cold water. He needs to come inside during the winter in northern climates. This fish grows to 6 to 8 inches and lives up to 10 years.

Ryunkin
The ryunkin was developed from the fantail and carries over many of his ancestor’s tolerant qualities: He isn’t a picky eater. He will consume nearly anything offered to him and even things such as aquarium plants that were not intended to be on the menu. These fish will live 10 to 15 years and grow 6 to 8 inches in length. His best pond mates are oranda, fantail or black moor goldfish. He should not be paired with single-tail varieties such as shubunkin or comet goldfish.

Oranda
The oranda offers outdoor pond enthusiasts the best of both worlds: Color variety and a visually appealing body style. His coloration is a plethora of color options from red, black, calico, chocolate, deep blue and a red/white combination on either metallic or matte scales. His body features a hood or fleshy growth at the top of his head. This growth is not fully developed until he reaches 2 years of age. But once matured, the hood is his defining feature. He does not tolerate cold or dirty water conditions, making him a more challenging keeper. read further here https://animals.mom.me/varieties-goldfish-suitable-outdoor-ponds-4693.html

best goldfish food

There are so many different brands of goldfish food on the market, ranging from cans of dry food to packages of freeze-dried blood worms.

But be careful! Some brands use tons of cheap fillers in their goldfish food – fillers that don’t actually add real nutritional value. In the end, your goldfish is getting less nutrition with every bite!

Stay away.

While most commercial brands do strive to provide a balanced diet your goldfish need to stay healthy, the level of nutrients actually in goldfish food will vary. By simply looking at the ingredients on the back of the can, you can get a feel of how one brand compares with the next. And later, your goldfish will thank you with vibrant colors and years of entertainment.

To start with, there are several different types of food you can buy. Dry food (including flakes, pellets, sticks, and wafers) are the most used and marketed goldfish food available.

Dry Goldfish Food
Simply browse through the fish aisle at your local pet store, and you’ll see dozens of commercial goldfish food cans on display, most of which are dry food. Some are specially formulated to sink in the water, while others naturally float at the top of the aquarium.

Flakes are known to float at the water surface, while pellets often sink to the gravel below (though not always – you can buy pellets that float as well).

So which should you buy – floating flakes or sinking pellets?

Goldfish graze at both the top and bottom of the aquarium. Though, they do spend most of their time energetically sifting through the substrate for any tasty tidbits they might have missed. Unless your goldfish are sick or sensitive to buoyancy problems, both floating and sinking food will do just fine.

If you have sensitive fancy goldfish, I highly recommend soaking dry food before feeding. Dry food expands as it absorbs water. If your goldfish eats a pellet before it expands, intestines may get clogged. To make goldfish food easier to digest, simply fill a cup with aquarium water and soak the dry food for 5 to 10 seconds before feeding. Green veggies can also help digestion (we’ll talk more about these later).
Sick goldfish will usually only touch food that sinks to the bottom.

It’s always good to have sinking pellets on hand to make sure all of your fishy friends get a bite. Since floating dry food can cause goldfish to suck in packets of air, some fish hobbyists only offer their goldfish sinking pellets to avoid problems – like buoyancy and swim bladder issues (which fancy goldfish are especially prone to).

Floating dry food has its advantages though. Flakes and floating pellets are easier to manage. Since they can be quickly removed after the feeding period, they won’t accidentally get caught under rocks and pollute the water.

Ultimately the brand of goldfish food you choose is up to you. If you have trouble making up your mind, you can always feed your goldfish both floating flakes and sinking pellets (variety is always a good way to go). full article here

What kind of fish can live with goldfish?

Goldfish rarely prey on rosy barbs and live harmoniously with them.

If you have a large tank, loaches do well with goldfish because they
also thrive in cool water and grow too large to be considered prey. Zebra danios will cohabitate with common goldfish, but are too
small to be kept with fancy or larger varieties.

Can I put two goldfish in the same tank?

A goldfish tank needs AT THE MINIMUM 10 – 20 gallons per fish. Plus, bowls do not allow for filtration which is a MUST. In a bowl, a goldfish may live a max of a few years.

In a properly sized tank, they grow to be up to 12 inches long, not counting the fins!

What size tank do I need for 2 goldfish?

Recommended goldfish tank sizes: Fancy goldfish: 3 feet long and a
volume of at least 20 gallons for one goldfish.

If you plan to keep more than one goldfish in your tank then add an extra 10 gallons for each additional fish. Common goldfish: 4 feet long and a volume of at least 30 gallons

How many gallons does a goldfish need?

Too much amonia in a tank is deadly to fish. The rule most experts suggest is 20 gallons for one goldfish and 10 gallons more per other goldfish. I have a 40 gallon goldfish tank with only 3 fantail goldfish in it.

Reference from Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond fish D Alderton DK 208

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10 Quick Tips About Fresh Water Clam

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  1. how often do fresh water clam reproduce -Freshwater clams, or mollusks, have a very unique way of reproducing. Freshwater clams can be miles away from their mate at the time of fertilization. All clams set their eggs and sperm free in the water, but freshwater clams depend on the current to successfully create new life. read further at http://animals.mom.me/reproduction-freshwater-clams-9682.html
  2. how to care for a fresh water clam-As these supplements dissolve, a Freshwater Clamwill begin filter feeding them out. Keep in mind it’s important to avoid overfeeding as access organic matter in aquarium water will lead to water quality issues. Use common sense and test tank water for ammonia levels often. learn more at https://www.aquariumcarebasics.com/freshwater-clams/
  3. how often does fresh water clam reproduce-Freshwater mussels have an unusual and complex mode of reproduction, which includes a brief, obligatory stage as a parasite on a fish. … While attempting to eat the lure, the marsupial gills of the female mussel are ruptured, and the fertilized eggs come loose and attach themselves to the fish – the host fish is infected- learn more https://molluskconservation.org/MUSSELS/Reproduction.html
  4. how does a fresh water clam breath-In the summer when mussels are ready to reproduce, the males merely release sperm into the water, and the females catch what they can. The sperm is siphoned by the female and used to fertilize her eggs internally. Obviously, if they aren’t grouped fairly closely, reproduction is hard to achieve. learn more at https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/animals-and-plants/freshwater-mussels/life-history.aspx
  5. life cycle chart a fresh water clam-
    http://www.fishwild.vt.edu/mussel/research/life_history.html
  6. Freshwater Clams for Natural Filtration-Native to temperate freshwater rivers and lakes around the world, the freshwater clam is a bivalve mollusk that acts like a living filter to help keep aquarium water clean and clear. Freshwater clams such as the Corbicual sp., which originate in Asia and have a brown shell banded in black, help filter your aquarium water by removing detritus and uneaten food from the water column; in doing so, they remove the organic material that would otherwise break down in your system. The end result is reduced nitrite levels and improved water quality. learn more at https://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=2947
  7. is a fresh water clam bite a problem-The aquarium store called it a “shark tooth clam.” I was wondering if I could place it in my freshwater 20-gallon tank. learn more at https://www.petcha.com/freshwater-clam-problems/
  8. minnesota fresh water clam mussel with pearl-The pearls came from freshwater mussels or clams found in the Mississippi and other rivers and streams. They were most likely found while using the mussels for food and the shells for tempering pottery. Today, pearls are available in several types, natural or cultured and freshwater or marine. learn more http://www.greatriver.com/pearls.htm
  9. fresh water clam predators-Predators. Primary predators of freshwater mussels are muskrats, otters, raccoon, geese, ducks, flatworms (on juvenile mussels), fish, and humans.https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/speciesprofile/freshwater_mussels.html
  10. do fresh water clam eat cattails-What clams do remove quite efficiently are various forms of suspended algae. A grouping of a few small heavily feeding clams can clear the water in a 5-gallon aquarium within hours. They also filter out tiny creatures from the water. In a sense, they are filterers, just not the kind many pet stores market them -learn more at https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquariums/Introduction-Keeping-Clams-In-Aquariums

The pros and cons of adding fresh water clams in your filter media.

These are the response of my post at http://www.koiforum.uk/koi-carp-chat/20643-fresh-water-clam-living-filter-media.html

  • I’ve heard if you keep them in your pond and they die they become toxic and kill your fish?
  • They need cloudy green water as a food source, and hard water. They alse need a mud or sand substrate in the bottom to burrow into. They dont live long in a koi pond with clear water, and as Laura says die and rot in the water causing big problems.
    As filters they are pretty useless as they excrete ammonia just like your fish.

    Would not even consider them in a koi pond myself.

  • Below is a link to my thoughts on using swan mussels as pond filters. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that, as swan mussels are filter feeders, they are useful in a koi pond because they filter water to obtain nutrients. But those who advocate that idea clearly haven’t thought the situation through and have ignored the parasitic larval stage where the mussel larvae (glochidia) that are released into the water attach themselves to fish gills to grow and develop. The injury they cause doing this makes them very unsuitable in any pond, let alone a koi pond.There are differences between clams and mussels and I don’t have time to look into the laval stages of clams but my gut feeling is that, in such closely related species, the life cycle will be the same.

    Freshwater clams are edible so when you remove them from your pond they will, at least, have some use. 
    Swan mussels

  • It’s my understanding that clams don’t have a parasitic larval stage, so don’t directly damage fish in the same way mussels can.
    But their other disadvantages and lack of efficacy at biological filtration would make it a pointless exercise anyway in my book
  • I don’t want to become sidetracked by the distribution of the swan mussel but, if you check, you will find that the Unionidae family of freshwater mussels have worldwide distribution.However, on the subject of clams, I fail to see the purpose of adding clams to a pond. Their natural behaviour is to bury themselves in mud or silt so, unless you intend to allow the pond to become dirty, with all the associated parasite problems that would bring; the environment would be unsuitable leading to their early death.

    I also did a quick Google for the life cycle of freshwater clams and, as I suspected, I found references to a parasitic larval stage. Click this for a description:

    https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xcsACAAAQBAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187&dq=freshw ater+clam+life+cycle+parasitic+larvae+-mussel&source=bl&ots=e261yx1lL4&sig=CFx1F2eykgtsUo w_P3oPCGS9SuY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF1efOi47XAhXD tRoKHcgUCvIQ6AEIODAG#v=onepage&q=freshwater%20clam %20life%20cycle%20parasitic%20larvae%20-mussel&f=false

  • Also an illustration from:
    Elizabeth Newhall (Buchsbaum) ? D.B. Dowd / Studio Notes: Writing on Illustration
  • fresh water clams life cycle

freshwater clams for sale

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Corbicula fluminea is a species of freshwater clam, also known as
Asian clam, Asiatic clam, golden clam, golden freshwater clam,
prosperity clam, and good luck clam.

This clam species is native to Asia, and has been introduced into
many parts of the world, including South America, North America and Europe.

Asian golden clams are the more popular species of freshwater
clams today, as they offer a great choice for hobbyists seeking the “unusual”.

This ornamental species introduces a delightful golden coloration
to the aquarium and the opportunity to observe unusual and entertaining behavior.

They have the typical oval-triangular clam shape, with a dorsal “beak” or umbo at the peak of the shell.

The outside of the shell is olive, or yellowish to black-brown in
color, with 1-3 brown/purple colored radial bands and white erosion rings near the umbo. As they age the periostracum becomes darker in color. Buy here 

how often do freshwater clams reproduce

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Freshwater clams, or mollusks, have a very unique way of reproducing. Freshwater clams can be miles away from their mate at the time of fertilization.

All clams set their eggs and sperm free in the water, but freshwater
clams depend on the current to successfully create new life.

Fertilization
A male clam releases his sperm upstream. The current moves his
sperm downstream, until it’s drawn into a female clam’s incurrent
siphon and used to fertilize hundreds, sometimes thousands, of eggs.

Glochidia
Inside the female clam’s gills, the fertilized eggs develop into
glochidia, or larvae capable of attaching themselves to fish’s gills. Once the glochidia are fully formed, the female clam releases them
into the water through her exhalent siphon.

From there, the glochidia attach themselves to a fish, where they
live as a parasite until they’re fully formed.

Life on the Bottom
Once the freshwater mussel is fully formed, he detaches from the fish and drops to the lake or river’s bottom.

He begins to grow his armor, or shell. If he’s lucky, he will live a full life. Depending on the species of freshwater clam, this lifespan could be anywhere from 20 to 100 years.

freshwater clams edible

Although most species are edible, freshwater mussels are not as
tasty as their saltwater relatives.

Besides, since they are long-lived filter feeders, pollutants can

settle and build up inside them, making them distasteful and
unhealthy for human consumption.

Are freshwater clams poisonous?

The real problem with eating freshwater clams is that they are
“filter feeders,” constantly ingesting the water around them, filtering
out whatever is in it, and accumulating a variety of substances,
including pollutants and toxins, in their own tissues.

Do freshwater clams produce pearls?

freshwater clams

greatriver.com

A cultured pearl is mainly a mussel shell bead with a very thin pearl coating.

Although most natural pearls are found in oysters, they also are
found in many different species of freshwater mussels or clams all over the world. … Big washboard mussels usually have pink pearls, as do the wartybacks.

freshwater clams aquarium

Freshwater Clams are sometimes available in pet stores. Under the
right conditions, they can be an interesting conversation piece in an established tank. learn more

what do freshwater clams eat

Live aquarium plants continuously shed edible plant matter into the water column.

In most cases, feeding a Freshwater Clam naturally occurring edible
material is not enough.

It may be necessary to supplement a clam’s diet with very finely
ground Calcium enriched pellets or tablets, fish flakes or algae wafers.

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types of guppies

types of guppies german yellow guppy

While most guppies have dark eyes, some actually have red eyes, There are two types of red-eyed guppies. Real Red Eye (RRE) – These are normal-colored guppies that have red eyes.

Real Red Eye Albinos (RREA) – These guppies have slightly paler
red eyes, and they lack melanin, which makes them true albinos.

This trait shows red eyes and the absence of black melanin. This type of guppy can appear in many colors.

There is a Red Albino Delta and Tank class and any other colored
Albino delta would be entered in the AOC(Any Other Color) class. Albinos with veils are entered in the Body/eye color class.

Type of guppies – I’m sure you were very familiar with this ornamental fish.

Widely distribute worldwide, Guppies can be easily found in any ornamental fish store

Names can vary depending on the region they are found in, but
generic labels include Fan, Delta, and Veil tails, flared, triangular-
shaped, swordtails (including double sword and top or bottom
sword), Lyretail, which is a combination between the double sword
and Delta tails, Pin/Needletail, Spear tail, recognized by

What are fancy guppies?

Guppy Fish, Fancy Guppy. … A great tropical fish for freshwater
aquarium fish beginners, the Guppy is a very hardy tropical fish that is also a very prolific breeder.

The male guppy is easy to distinguish from the female guppy
because the male is usually more colorful with extremely colorful
and large caudal fins (tails)

What kind of fish are guppies?

The guppy (Poecilia reticulata), also known as millionfish and
rainbow fish, is one of the world’s most widely distributed tropical
fish, and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species. It is a member of the family Poeciliidae and, like almost all
American members of the family is live-bearing.

How big do cobra guppies get?

Female guppies grow to 2 inches and the males are a bit smaller at around 1.5 inches.

Their full size will vary depending on the genes, food, nutrition and more.

They are known to be small fish and get pushed around in community tanks for that reason. Be careful of larger fish trying to eat guppies.

Can you cross breed guppies?

The only time I’ve heard about different species like guppies and
mollies cross breeding is then they didn’t have their own kind in the tank.

It’s rare and has to be perfect timing for it to happen. The only ones
that would very readily cross breed are Endlers and Guppies
because the are so closely related.

How big do fancy guppies get?

But to answer the initial question of how big or how large in size Guppy fish grow to is 1 to 2 inches.

The males are a little bit smaller than the females and they only get
to about 1 1/2 inches long while the females are A bit larger and grow to around 2 inches.

How many guppies can you have in a 10 gallon tank?

If this is the case, and a 10 gallon tank can comfortably
accommodate species measuring 10” long altogether, then you can
fit two male guppies and four female guppies in it.

Do guppies eat their babies?

Guppies are known for being the easiest aquarium fish to spawn. Females give live birth frequently, to well-developed offspring.

The only hitch in guppy breeding is that guppies, like most fish,
have no reservations about eating their young.

guppy fish

ORIGINS South America, occurring in the Caribbean and in South
America north of the Amazon.

SIZE 2 in (5 cm). DIET Prepared foods and small livefoods.

WATER Temperature 70–77°F (21–25°C); hard (100–150 mg/l) and alkaline (pH 7.5). TEMPERAMENT Placid and social.

types of guppy fish golden snakeskin delta guppy

Golden Snakeskin Delta Guppy This is one of a number of guppy
varieties that have become very popular in Russia.

It is thought that the famous Moscow Blue strain may have evolved from the Snakeskin line.

The snakeskin patterning can be combined with other colors, but it
is usually associated with varieties displaying a broad caudal fin

 

One of the best known of all tropical fish, the Guppy is named after
Rev.Thomas Guppy, who identified it on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

The several thousand varieties available to aquarists today are far
removed from their wild ancestors, and can be found in a wide
range of colors and with many different body patterns and fin types.

The different color variations are displayed most impressively in
male fish, which are naturally more colorful as well as smaller than females.

(All the fish illustrated here are male.) Guppies show well as a group
in a single-species tank, but they can also be kept with other
nonaggressive fish as part of a community aquarium.

The female Guppy gives birth to live offspring, but unfortunately,
these are likely to be cannibalized soon after birth, even in a
breeding tank setup, unless the young can escape out of reach.

Various breeding traps are available for this purpose .When buying
these fish, it is worth remembering that the largest females give
birth to correspondingly bigger broods.

One of the most significant factors to consider when breeding
guppies is that a female only needs to mate once in order to
continue producing young throughout her life—potentially giving
birth to seven or more broods using spermstored in her body.

This is why even if you choose a well-marked male and female
from the same tank in a pet store, the likelihood will be that at least
some of the young will not be the offspring of that particular male
(although the majority of offspring are likely to be the result of the
most recent mating).

This also explains how females kept on their own can give birth to young.

The only way to be sure of the parentage of guppies is to separate the sexes as early as possible.

As soon as the young males can be recognized by their
gonopodium—usually when they are about three weeks old—they
should be transferred to a separate tank.

The females will be noticeably larger than the males from three months onward, by
which time some of the males will already be sexually mature.

A female guppy will have her first brood approximately a month after mating.

The number of offspring produced is likely to be small at first,
sometimes no more than 10, but it increases to between 50 and 100 per brood as the female grows bigger.

Some strains are more prolific breeders than others.

guppy breeding

Selective breeding of guppies began during the 1950s, but
unfortunately, a number of strains—even some

that are carefully maintained—are not stable.This means that many
of the resulting offspring may not display the most desirable
characteristics of their parents.

Cobra patterning is one of the most stable characteristics in terms
of markings.

This is a dominant genetic characteristic, so well- marked
individuals are always likely to pass their cobra patterning on to the
next generation.

However, recessive characteristics, such as tuxedo patterning, may
disappear for several generations of a particular bloodline, and then
reemerge unexpectedly at a later stage.

The tuxedo
types of guppies tuxedo multi colored guppy fish

Tuxedo Multicolored Delta

characteristic (the black area toward the rear of the body) can be
combined with different colors to striking effect.

This variety also has the broad delta-tail. Blue Tuxedo Guppy This particular variety is also

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described as the Blue Delta-Tail Half Black, based on its body coloration.

The broad caudal fin is predominantly blue, with variable black markings.

 

types of guppies wild guppy

 

Wild Guppy These fish may be found in brackish water, and the
addition of salt to their aquarium is recommended.

Wild Guppies are not readily available today, and domestic strains
will prove far more adaptable.

 

types of guppies german yellow guppy

 

German Yellow Guppy Named after its country of origin, this is a
particularly striking variety in which the enlarged caudal fin and
the dorsal fin are both yellow.

Fin shape, as well as color, is important in fancy guppies.

 

types of guppies Blonde Guppy

 

Blonde Guppy The red caudal fin and rear part of the body contrast
with the lighter blonde coloration seen on the underparts near the head.

The use of color food is often recommended for red strains of guppies.

 

types of guppies red tail half black guppy

 

Red Tail Half-Black Guppy As with other strains created by
selective breeding, fertility may be impaired if these fish are heavily inbred.

Not all such strains are commercial products; some are bred by enthusiasts only.

 

types of guppies silver backed tuxedo guppy

Silver-Backed Tuxedo Guppy The distinctive black area on the
flank varies in size and density between individuals.

types of guppies golden snakeskin delta guppy

 

Golden Snakeskin Delta Guppy This is one of a number of guppy
varieties that have become very popular in Russia.

It is thought that the famous Moscow Blue strain may have evolved from the Snakeskin line.

 

types of guppies red varitail guppy

Red Varitail Guppy (above) Broad-tailed guppies like the Red
Varitail tend to be more popular than those with narrow tails,
because the wide caudal fin allows for some striking tail patterns to be developed.

 

types of guppies gold cobra delta guppy

Gold Cobra Delta Guppy Of American origin, Cobra
Guppies are now popular internationally.

The male (seen above) is always more colorful than the female,
although she may display a patterned caudal fin in some strains.

 

What are fancy guppies?
Guppy Fish, Fancy Guppy. … A great tropical fish for freshwater
aquarium fish beginners, the Guppy is a very hardy tropical fish that is also a very prolific breeder.

The male guppy is easy to distinguish from the female guppy
because the male is usually more colorful with extremely colorful
and large caudal fins (tails)

 

How big do cobra guppies get?
Female guppies grow to 2 inches and the males are a bit smaller at around 1.5 inches.

Their full size will vary depending on the genes, food, nutrition and more.

They are known to be small fish and get pushed around in community tanks for that reason. Be careful of larger fish trying to eat guppies.

 

What color are guppies?
The bodies and tales of male guppies in the wild are covered with
spots and stripes of many different colors: orange, yellow, blue,
violet, green, black, and white.

Do guppies eat their own babies?

Guppies are known for being the easiest aquarium fish to spawn. Females give live birth frequently, to well-developed offspring.

The only hitch in guppy breeding is that guppies, like most fish,
have no reservations about eating their young.

How big do fancy guppies get?

But to answer the initial question of how big or how large in size Guppy fish grow to is 1 to 2 inches.

The males are a little bit smaller than the females and they only get
to about 1 1/2 inches long while the females are A bit larger and grow to around 2 inches.

 

Do guppies need a filter?

A filter is not compulsory as guppies don’t produce as much waste as other fish such as goldfish do.

Nevertheless, many guppy owners swear by filters, saying that they
help to maintain water quality and keep the guppies healthy. At Swell, we do recommend keeping a small filter in the tank.

Resources from Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish D. Alderton DK 2008

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transporting koi

transporting koi


Transporting koi safely from one pond to another or to a koi show. The potential harmful effects of continued stress.

Oxygen in travel bags. For journeys significantly longer than an
hour in hot weather, there will be an advantage if the transport
water is cooled slightly by external ice packs.

Bags should be double bagged to give extra protection against leaks
and placed in either a box or a bin liner to cut out the light and hence reduce koi stress.

By identifying the potential hazards when transporting koi, we can
ensure that the risk of the hazards occurring can be kept to a minimum.

bagging and transporting koi fish

First, it is always a good idea to have all the equipment needed to transport your Koi fish on hand.

If you are having an emergency with your Koi, you may or may not
have time to make a trip to your local pet store to gather what you need.

The equipment needed to bag and transport Koi is small, and easily stored when not in use.

Koi fish , like any other pet, will have medical issues throughout its
life, especially since Koi have been known to have a lifespan of up to 30 years.

You contact the vet because you Koi is showing signs of injury or
illness, and unless you have a vet that does house calls, chances are the first thing they will say is “bring it in.”

Issues with your koi pond can arise, whether it is an emergency
move because your koi pond is placed into harms way by natural events or a planned move due to new construction.

No amount of planning can ensure that you will not have to move your Koi for one reason or another.

With the problems that arose from recent events such a Typhoons
and everyday events such as common illnesses, it is imperative that
you have a plan of action when it comes to your pride and joys.

No matter if it is an emergency or not, knowing how to properl bag
and transport your Koi fish could mean the difference between life and death.

Bags- You must have the proper bags on hand to transport Koi fish. Do not attempt to transport your Koi fish in trash or regular plastic
bags, as they are not designed for this, and may cause damage to your Koi fish .

Unless you remembered to keep the bags you brought your koi
home in originally, you will have to make a trip to your local pet store. Make sure to get bags sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.

Rubber Bands- You will need quite a few rubber bands for each bag you buy.

Make sure that your rubber bands are good quality, as you do not
want the pressure from the water to pop the rubber band in the middle of the transport.

Net- You will need to have a net sizeable enough to compete with your Koi fish .

You will never need the net to pull the Koi out of the water with, but
you will need it to lead and direct your Koi into the place you want them. Nets can potentially damage your Koi, especially as the larger they get.

Paint Bucket- A paint bucket is a better option for catching your Koi fish, as they cannot hurt your Koi like a net can. Make sure that your bucket is sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.

Bagging your Koi fish

The process of catching and bagging your Koi is actually pretty
simple as long you have the proper equipment available.

If you pond is large, you may want to consider enlisting the help of your friends when bagging your Koi.

Use the net to guide the Koi into the Paint Bucket. Once the Koi is in the paint bucket you can remove any excess water, and begin bagging the Koi.

Make sure that your check the bags for leaks. Once you are sure that the bag is secure, place the bag over the Koi fish from head to tail.

Make sure there is enough water in the bag to completely cover the gills. Leave plenty of air room so that the bag is not to heavy to carry.

Slip the rubber bands around the end of the bag and continue to double it until the bag is secure.

Place the bags horizontally in your transport container. Make sure that you do not bend the fish when lifting it.

Secure the bag so that it will not move with bumps and turns, and
cover the fish so that as little heat and sunlight can enter as possible.

How do you transport fish when moving?

Try to save 80% of the water from your tank.
Depending on the length of your trip, use either plastic bags or 5-
gallon buckets with water from the tank to transport your fish.
Make sure the bag/bucket has enough air for your fish.

How do you transport a pet fish?

Place your fish in plastic bags. Transport the fish in five-gallon buckets Put the fish in a container.

Transport the aquarium if it is small.

Transport your fish in an insulated, secure container. Choose a container large enough for your fish.

How do you move fish when you move house?

Remember NEVER move fish in their tank.Do not feed your fish
for at least 24 hours before moving, this will not harm the fish.

Fish should be transported in clean, strong, polythene bags part
filled with tank water. Gently place the bags into a polystyrene container.

How long do you leave fish in bag before putting in tank?

It’s important the bag is sealed tight, as your want your fish to stay
in its original water for the initial 15 minutes.

Simply set the bag on top of the water in the quarantine tank. The fish bag should float on the water’s surface. Set a timer for 15 minutes.

How do you transfer fish from bag to tank?

Allow the bag to sit for ten minutes, then open the bag and add a cup of your aquarium’s water to it.

Reseal the bag and let it float again for ten minutes. Repeat the previous step until the bag is full.

Then, you can use a net to transfer the fish from the bag into the tank.

What is a fish bag?

Fish Bag vs Fish Cooler. This can make larger coolers heavy to
carry without a friend to help, especially when loaded down with enough ice as well as fish.

A fish bag is typically made of a special type of foam and nylon webbing. They are able to keep fish fresh while maintaining very portable.

How long do you keep fish in the bag before putting them in the tank?

When you get home with the fish, put the plastic bag holding the
fish in your aquarium and let it float unopened for fifteen to twenty minutes.

You may want to take some of this time to re-arrange the decorations in your tank

How do you introduce fish to a new tank?

Once you get your quarantine tank set up, you can introduce your
new fish to the tank through acclimatization.

Start by placing the unopened plastic bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes.

After 15-20 minutes, open the bag and use a clean cup to scoop an equal amount of water from the tank into the plastic bag.

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Transportation is a huge thing for fish. When they’re in the delivery bag life is much harder for them.
Ammonia in the bag accumulates, the pH drops significantly, and
they are jarred around and shaken up.
That is never pleasant for a fish, and the number trips an imported
fish must take to get halfway across the globe is outrageous.
So frequency, intensity, and duration of travel is drastically
different for fish from Japan or fish from America.
Combine that with the strained immune systems of fish from
established lines, and you should begin to understand why
domestic fish have considerably higher survival rates in the first year.
Although it is not as common as trauma during transport, another
factor that distinguishes domestic fish from imports is their familiarity with different diseases.
When those foreign fish get on the ground, they are not accustomed to some of the diseases here.
Unlike the Japanese fish, our domestic fish have had generations to
become adapted to the bacteria, viruses and parasites commonly found in America.
The imported fish come over and go into some of our facilities and
they’ve never seen a particular nella or bodo or parasite.
When they’re exposed to it for the very first time, their immune
systems have built up no antibodies to defend against it and it ravages them.

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protecting koi from herons 10 ways

protecting koi from herons

Here are some tricks to try: Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond.

Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water.

Startle them with water. Provide hiding places for your fish

What is the best heron deterrent?

.1) Pond Netting. …
2) Koi and Goldfish Shelter. …
3) Electric Pond Fencing. …
4) Automatic Heron Sprinkler. …
6) Blue Heron Decoy. …
7) Alligator Decoy. …
8) Mirrors or reflective surfaces.

How do I keep herons away from my pond?

Use a heron decoy. A decoy like the Pond Logic® Blue Heron Decoy, in your pond. …
Create obstacles around the pond. Herons land around the perimeter of a pond and walk up to the water. …
Startle them with water. …
Provide hiding places for your fish. full article here from Pond Guy

Protecting koi from Herons. Herons are beautiful, majestic birds that have one major flaw.

Herons love to feast on Koi, and where better than to find Koi fish then an unattended Koi pond or garden?

When you first notice a Heron in your garden, you may not even think of these birds as a danger.

Herons are 2 or 3 feet tall, with an extremely large wingspan.

They appear to be extremely graceful until you realize that the
beautiful sight you were just looking at could have potentially been a thief caught in the act.

If you noticed that your fish are missing in action, chances are a Heron is to blame.

You may even notice large gaping holes in the sides of your Koi.

This happens when a Heron attempts to catch one of your Koi fish, but does not get a good grip on it.

The other will notice their Koi laying on the lawn several feet away
from the pond, which is the result of a Heron dropping the Koi after removing it from the pond.

While nothing can completely stop this from happening, you can
do a few things to detour Herons from eating your pride stock of Koi.

While there are many types of technical equipment available to
attempt to detour Herons, you will quickly find that these types of
detours will only work for a small amount of time.

Protecting koi Some pond owners place a fake plastic Heron into their garden.

This is supposed to detour another Heron from landing there.

This works for parts of the season until the mating season comes.

Herons will be more likely to land near your plastic Heron when they are looking for a mate.

Various other types of equipment attempt to detour Herons by causing them discomfort.

This only works until the Heron get used to it, or just finds a way around it.

The only way to protect your Koi is by watching out for them.

A few simple things will not prevent Heron from visiting your
pond, but it will greatly reduce the presence of them.

Constantly change your routine. Herons are smart and know when you will typically be present.

Visiting your pond frequently at various times during the day will
greatly increase the chance that you will catch the Heron in action.

If you are unable to vary your routine, you may consider enlisting others to visit your pond as well.

Older, trustworthy children in the neighborhood may delight in
visiting your pond at various times of the day.

Giving them permission to visit whenever they want will allow
others to visit when you are unable too.

If you catch a Heron in the act, make as much noise and frighten the Heron as much as you physically can.

Shout, yell, throw things, or whatever you feel will scare the Heron.

The more frightened the Heron is, the less chance he is to return anytime soon.

Protecting koi Create a hiding place in your pond for your Koi fish.

More natural Koi pond owners have noticed that after a Heron
attacks a pond, it may seem that the Heron has got all the fish, only
to notice that the Koi start appearing from strange hiding places once the scare is over.

If you purposely provide a place for your Koi to hide in the event of
an attack, you greatly reduce the amount of fish that a Heron will leave with.

Do not worry about your Koi hiding from you, as they should know and trust that you will not hurt (or eat) them.

Do not restock your pond right away in the event of a Heron attack. Waiting to restock may send the Heron searching for new feeding grounds

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koi pond plants the Best Pond Plants for Koi Ponds

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Also, the koi pond plants remove nitrogen that exists in the water,
along with phosphates which makes them a great filtering system.

free floating so more difficult to protect from nibbling koi. Water Hyacinth. Water Lettuce. Water Lily. Lotus. Water Poppy. Umbrella Plant. Water Iris. Horsetail.

Here are some of the most effective clear water plants. Oxygenating Pond Plants. Floating Pond Plants.

Variegated Water Celery. Water Iris. Water Cress. Pickerel Plant. Taro. Water Lilies.

The best plants for a koi or goldfish pond, including information on
top plant species, plant benefits, planting advice, and how to stop koi eating

Do koi ponds need plants?

Aquatic plants are considered an excellent addition to any koi pond.
Aquatic plants, in fact, help increase oxygen production in the
water, helping to keep the pond properly aerated for koi. …

The shade plants provide reduces incoming light into the pond and
thus limits photosynthesis of algae.

What plants are good for fish ponds?

Creeping Jenny Pond Plants. Often used as a ground cover in
terrestrial gardens, Creeping Jenny fares excellently when used in water gardening applications. …
Pickerel Pond Plants. …
Horsetail Pond Plants. …
Taro Pond Plants. …
Cardinal Flower. …
Water Lettuce. …
Mosaic Plant. …
Blue Irishornwort

koi pond plants hornwort
photo from aquariumtidings.com

Hornwort- is a very popular submerged aquatic plant among the
aquarium enthusiasts due to their hair like foliage and hardiness.

It is also known as Coontail, cedar moss, fish blankets, horn weed,
morass weed, rigid hornwort etc.

It is native to North America but it has now a worldwide distribution due to the aquarium and pond trade.

It occurs in ponds, lakes, ditches, quiet streams and marshes with
moderate to high nutrient levels where the water bottom contains
mud, some sand or rocky materials.

It generally occupies 0.5 to 15.5m depth ranges of the water body.
It has muscular and hair-like foliage that helps oxygenate and
clarify the water as well as keep algae growth to a minimum.

lotus plant

koi pond plants lotus plants
photo from gardeningknowhow.com

Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of
India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus, is one of two extant species of
aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. Wikipedia

Do Koi eat plants?

Plants for Koi Ponds. … This is because koi are omnivores and eat plants.

This is not so much a problem when putting koi in an established pond with many plants already in it.

But, it can be a big problem when adding a few plants to an established koi pond.

How do I make my pond water clear naturally?

Use a biological filter. A biological filter uses bacteria to remove
organic waste that can accumulate in your pond. .
..
Add barley straw to your pond. As barley straw decomposes, it
releases a chemical that prevents algae from growing. …
Add plants to the pond.

How to choose Pond plants in your garden ponds landscaping

koi pond plants  As well as enhancing the look of a pond, pond plants help to maintain water

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quality, providing a healthy environment for the fish.

The choice of plants will partly depend on the style of pond—a naturalistic pond looks best when heavily planted

around the edges so that it blends seamlessly into its environment, while a contemporary look may be best achieved with more minimalist planting.

A well-balanced, healthy koi pond must contain two types of plant: oxygenators , which release oxygen into the water, and floating plants , which provide shelter from sunlight.

Without these, or an efficient filtration system, the water in the koi pond can become overgrown with algae, which not only turns the water green, but can also affect the health of some fish species, such as Sterlets

Plants in the body of the pond also absorb nitrate— the product of the breakdown of fish waste—which lessens the burden on the filtration system.

Incorporating plants into a koi pond is not Incorporating plants into a koi pond is not straightforward,partly because of the depth of water, and also because koi have a habit of digging up plants and browsing on the growing shoots.

Most koi ponds, therefore, simply incorporate a few tall marginals, and perhaps some water lilies, whose leaves help to protect the fish from sunburn in the clear water.

Planting In a new pond, wait several days after filling before putting the plants in place, to allow the water temperature to rise to that of the environment.

Pot plants as necessary (see opposite), having first inspected them closely for any signs of disease or pests.

In temperate areas, spring is the best time to introduce new pond plants into an existing pond, because aquatic
plants start to grow rapidly at this time.

If the pond is large, you may need waders to put plants in place, and special pond gloves should always be worn.

These reach up to your shoulders and provide protection against waterborne diseases, such as Weil’s disease a potentially serious condition, spread by rodents, which causes jaundice.

TYPES OF KOI POND PLANTS

Plants for the pond can be divided into four categories, based on their growing habits and where in the pond they are to be found.

Oxygenating pond plants, water lilies,and floating pond plants are truly aquatic, growing in or under the water.

Marginal plants are a useful addition to the pond, not only as a decorative element,but also to provide an excellent habitat for insects.

koi pond plants

koi pond plants

PLANTING STYLES

The plants in and around a pond have a great effect on the overall impression created.

Traditional, formal ponds often incorporate lowgrowing plants, such as water lilies, which do not mask the crisp, neat edges of the pond.

Small ponds often benefit from the inclusion of taller, more architectural plants, such as reeds and grasses, which lift the eye, making the pond appear larger.

koi pond plants planting style

Three varieties of water lily (Nymphaea ‘Escarboucle’, ‘William Falconer’, and Marliacea Albida’) adorn this large, formal pond, which is bordered by the tall, elegant spikes of Iris laevigata ‘Variegata’, Canna flaccida, and Schoenoplectus lacustris.

Myriophyllum verticillatum covers one corner of the pond.

The vertical emphasis of the planting in this courtyard pond, achieved through the use of tall marginals, such as irises and rushes, enhances

the geometric lines of this modern style, while a single water lily (Nymphaea ‘Gladstoneana’) softens the look and provides cover for the fish.

Creative landscaping Edging around a pond strengthens its perimeter and helps to disguise the edge of the pond liner.

It can also prolong the life of the liner by shielding it from sunlight.

Hard construction materials, such as paving slabs or bricks, laid around the edge of a pond give a more formal look,

while natural stone or sod are ideal for a more informal pond. Another possibility is a wooden deck raised above water level,

but the wood must first be treated with a nontoxic preservative to keep it from warping or rotting.

Consider the access to the pond: if this is across a lawn, regular foot traffic can quickly result in an unsightly muddy
trail.

If you do not want to construct a path, set paving slabs into the grass as an informal solution.

The planting and landscaping around the pond can be used to disguise pond equipment. An external filter, for example,

can be hidden in vegetation in a flowerbed, although it must still be easily accessible for routine maintenance and servicing.

Moving water
A fountain is an attractive addition to any pond, and also creates a healthier environment for the fish by improving
the water’s oxygen content.

Water lilies prefer calm water, however, and will not thrive under the jet of a fountain, so they need to be located at the opposite end of the pond.

Water currents created by the fountain can waft floating plants to one side of the pond; before adding plants, test

the flow by floating a light plastic ball on the surface of the water while the koi pond fountain is operating.

If the ball drifts away from where you want the plants to be, adjust the positioning of the fountain.

koi pond and pond plants

Oriental-style koi ponds often incorporate bridges and decorative features of Japanese life, such as bonsai trees and

this popular style of bamboo water fountain (left). Japanese maples create a striking backdrop to the pond, and can be grown in pots or in the ground.

koi pond pond plants

Reference from Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish D Aldeton DK 2008

hardy pond plants

Hardy Pond Plants. Hornwort, Bundle of 5. 3.4. Frogbit, Bundle of 3. 4.0. Water Hyacinth, Bundle of 3. 4.3. Grower’s Choice Hardy Water Lilies. 4.2. Virginalis Hardy Water Lily. Red Stemmed Parrots Feather, Bundle of 5. Jumbo Water Hyacinth, Bundle of 3. Pickerel Rush, Bundle of 2.

Will pond plants survive winter?

No other varieties will survive the winter. After their leaves turn brown, hardy marginals (bog plants) can be trimmed back.

Never cut plants with hollow stems off below the water level,
because they will die if completely submerged (cattails, rush, and pickerel rush).

Will water lettuce survive winter?

Unless you live in a climate that doesn’t freeze, floating plants like
hyacinth and water lettuce won’t survive the winter. …

If you leave them in the pond, the dead plants will decompose and
cause water quality issues through the wintertime.

How do you overwinter tropical water lilies?

Tropical Water Lilies
Keep them actively growing by placing them in warm water with bright light and warmth.

It will be difficult to maintain a minimum water temperature of 21°C (70°F). …
Over-winter a tropical Lily by letting the tuber go dormant. Leave the plant in the pond until after a killing frost.

Do water lilies die off in winter?

Although tropical water lilies do go dormant in winter, they are
only hardy to about USDA Hardiness Zone 9.

They will freeze and die if left in a cold pond over winter. … You can move your water lilies to smaller pots for the winter, if you like. Lift the plant and trim back some of the leaves and roots

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Your family is expanding to include a dog and koi fish. You are over the moon with glee over the new addition(s), but you are nervous about how they will get along.

Do dogs like koi fish? Do koi fish like dogs? Will they live in harmony together? What should I add to the pond to keep birds of prey away? What happens if my dog does eat my koi fish?

All of these are common questions, and all will be answered thoroughly. Here is your ultimate guide to having both a dog and koi fish as pets.

What should I know about koi fish?

First things first: Let’s talk about the benefits of having a koi fish.

While they may not always be deemed a classic pet, those who bring them into the family fall for their charm. In an outdoor garden pond or aquarium, koi fish can be an incredibly calming addition.

While many people think they are related to goldfish, koi fish are actually more closely related to the common carp.

Koi fish can grow very large. In fact, with proper care, koi fish can grow up to be somewhere between two and three feet in length. So, if you are thinking of introducing a koi fish into an existing pond, then you need to think carefully about whether or not your pond is large enough to sustain a full-grown koi.

Additionally, on average, a pet koi will survive to be between 20 to 30 years old. However, it has been recorded that some koi live for more than 200 years! Can you imagine that?

In order for your koi fish to live a long time and to have a healthy life, they must exist in a healthy environment that boasts high-grade filtration and water quality, and no sharp edges as they can injure themselves.

Furthermore, koi fish require excellent nutrition and the best fish care products, not to mention suitable chemical levels and temperature, and no stress.

How do you make sure your koi fish aren’t stressed? Ensure that the water quality is right, there are no parasites around, and that they have plenty of space to swim around.

You may be surprised to hear, but koi fish are so friendly that they may even break the surface to say hello to you. If they do, pat them on the head and hand feed them.

How do dogs usually act when seeing a koi pond?

puppy starring at the koi fish in the koi pond

Generally, upon first seeing a koi pond, dogs have the urge to shoot around it and examine the sturdiness of the stones around the side. You should absolutely let them do this, in order to get them comfortable with having it in the back garden.

While running around, your puppy or dog may also sniff at the water, and maybe even jump around on the rocks and in the streams. Eventually, dogs will grow confident enough to jump into the pond, except of course, if they hate water, like cats.

Cats notably hate water, and even if they rest along the edge of your pond, they won’t have sufficient support or ability to stretch all the way into the pond and grab a fish. That being said, both cats and dogs will perch and watch fish for hours as if hypnotized.

 

Will my dog eat my koi fish?

To be clear, yes, most dogs will consume a koi fish if they witness an available opportunity. Let’s say that a koi fish is out of the pond, flopping around on the grass; you better believe that your dog is going to go and investigate (and perhaps get a mid-afternoon snack).

However, most dogs won’t put in the necessary effort required to actually catch koi from a pond. And, even if they do attempt to, the majority of dogs will be incredibly unsuccessful.

Only if a dog has incredible hunting abilities and speedy reaction times will he or she be able to grasp and devour your koi from the pond.

The most likely scenario is that your dog chooses to sit for hours looking into the pond and watching the koi. When you first introduce your dog to the koi pond, take the time to examine how he or she acts to be able to adequately ascertain whether he or she is sincerely pursuing the koi, or merely enthralled by their beautiful color and graceful movement.

How do I hinder my dog from eating my koi fish?

That being said, you want to take as many security measures as possible for preventing your dog from eating your koi fish. The steps you need to exert will depend on your particular dog and how they tend to behave.

  • Install a special mesh netting placed across the pond. It will not only protect your fish from your dog, but also from a variety of predators. The downside to this is that some dogs may get themselves trapped in the net.
  • Opt to install motion sensors that emit sound or streams of water when something (your dog) approaches. This tends to startle dogs and stops them from going any further into the pond.
  • Have sprinklers around the pond that can be set to begin at regular intervals.

If my dog does eat my koi fish, will he be safe?

Just for a worst-case scenario: If your dog does manage to eat a koi fish, what will happen?

Well, koi fish aren’t necessarily harmful to your dog; in fact, they contain protein and oils that will be beneficial for your dog. However, the small bones inside the koi fish will be the issue. These small bones can be very dangerous for dogs as they may become stuck in their throat and damage their stomach and intestinal tract.

If your dog consumes any kind of raw fish, this can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. Furthermore, if the koi fish had a parasite, this will also be transferred to your dog.

In other words, you really don’t want your dog to be consuming your koi fish.

Will my dog protect my koi fish?

One of the benefits of having a dog and koi fish is that your dog may actually protect the pond. As long as he or she doesn’t consider hunting and eating the koi fish, then your dog will most likely shoo away other animals who want to.

For example, herons and racoons regularly target koi in small ponds as they are such easy prey. But, if your dog barks or chases these birds and animals away, then they are a lot less likely to come back and attempt to snatch a morning meal.

A dog can actually be a beneficial addition to your koi pond security force!

 

Should I add a fish cave to the pond?

Every homeowner with a koi fish pond should opt to have at least one fish cave or “koi house” placed inside it. Both of these additions give your koi fish a location to retreat to in order to shelter themselves from predators.

A koi house is usually a sturdy mesh cage that lies on the bottom of your pond, while a fish cave is virtually concealed from sight in some part of the pond. Both of these cages and caves can also be placed underwater and will work as a hideaway spot for your koi fish, just in case your dog or another animal does invade the pond.

If a predator approaches your pond, the koi will swim into their cage or cave, and remain there until the predator leaves.

You should definitely add at least one of these areas for your koi fish, just in case your dog does decide to show off his swimming skills.

What else should I add to the pond to ensure the safety of my koi fish?

Even if you don’t have a dog, you still really need to put in some effort and planning for ways to protect your koi pond from other predators. Luckily, there are a lot of tried and tested manners through which you can do this.

In addition to rock caves, you should look into adding these to your koi pond.

●       Mechanical and biological filter

One of the most significant problems that your koi fish may encounter is parasites. These bacteria can be lethal for your koi fish, and it is crucial that you do your best to keep them protected. In order to keep the parasites at bay,  install a good mechanical and biological filter in your pond to ensure your fish remain protected from parasites and other diseases such as fin rot and ulcers.

●       Natural bacterial sponges

By adding natural bacterial sponges (such as Anacharis plants) to your koi pond, you will encourage healthy bacteria to grow.

●       Floating mesh

One of the easiest ways to prevent predators from grabbing your beautiful fish is to purchase some floating mesh. This UV resistant black polypropylene material ties around the edge of your pond and will be almost invisible. So it won’t block your sight of the pond, but it will mean that other animals can’t stretch into it.

●       An electric fence

If you are really concerned about the safety of your koi fish, then you may want to add an electric fence around the edges of your pond. If you are considering this, keep in mind that an electric fence can be incredibly dangerous for children and dogs and is still useless when it comes to birds of prey.

●       A scarecrow

One of the oldest tricks in the book, if you live in an area with a lot of birds of prey, you may want to put up a scarecrow near the pond. Whether you DIY it at home or you purchase it from a store, a scarecrow is always an effective way to scare off birds. However, other animals may become used to it, and therefore it won’t hinder them too much.

Do koi enjoy residing with other fish?

As a matter of fact, koi are actually very gentle, social fish and they very much enjoy living in pairs or groups. If you want to add other breeds of fish to the pond, you can be assured that the koi will be welcoming and won’t try to eat or fight with the new additions.

However, if you are considering adding other breeds of fish, you need to make sure that they will be just as friendly back to the koi fish.

Also, keep in mind that the new fish require the same habitat as your koi and that their nutritional requirements are the same.

How do I ensure they live in harmony?

If you follow all these above tips, there is a very good chance that your dog and your koi fish will be able to live in absolute harmony together. While it may take a little bit of time (and trust) between the two of them, your dog will eventually begin to accept the pond and the fish that are swimming around in it.

Just like with anything you add to their scenery, over time, the koi pond will become familiar to your dog, and they will lose interest. They may even stop staring at the fish so incessantly when they realize that they aren’t going to play with them. In other words, soon enough they will be back to the ball!

So, there you have it, the ultimate guide to having a dog and koi fish as pets! As you can hopefully tell, it isn’t impossible to have both, and with a few precautions in place, your family can include both a four-legged furry friend and an elegant finned friend.

Do you have a dog and koi fish? What are your experiences regarding getting them to live in harmony? Do you have any tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear from you!

AUTHOR BIO

Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.