Koi Fish: A Beginners Guide
koi fish care for beginners For centuries, people have been fascinated by the tranquility Koi fish transfer provides to those watching over them. Are you interested in keeping these elegant and colorful fish in your backyard and reap the benefits of this fun hobby? Well, first you need to know the basics.
The history of Koi
Koi carps originate in Japan. Rice farmers who lived in the mountain region would often stay isolated from the rest of the country for months during the winter. During that time, they needed a source of food that will get them through the cold period, so they started keeping carp in unused rice paddies. In the fall, they would catch most of the fish, salt it and eat it when needed. These carps were great for the rice, too, since the water rich in carp waste was great for watering rice and it made excellent fertilizer.
Soon, someone noticed that some carps had colorful patches. They started isolating these individuals, selectively breeding them and that’s how Koi that we know and admire came to exist. First red and gold Kois were sold to rich collectors in Japan.
Where to buy Koi
Many places sell Koi. They can be found in big retailers, small pet shops, nursery and landscaping centers and specialty Koi shops. Domestic Koi farms have the medium grade fish kept in good conditions and cared for by knowledgeable staff. Due to this factor, their survival rate is very positive—you always want to buy from respectable and ethical breeders.
Specialty Koi shops carry the best fish. They are kept in pristine conditions and treated very well since most of them are imported. Imported fish are very expensive, but if the quality is what you’re looking for, imported is your best option. Specialized shops often carry supplies and Koi keeping equipment, so you can stock up on everything in one place.
Kois are relatively clean, but you will need some filtration to keep the water clean. An efficient filter doesn’t require too much maintenance, though, so choose well. When it comes to feeding, Kois are usually fed twice daily. Make sure to use only quality fish food to keep your fish healthy and vibrant. If you feed them well, they won’t need too much food—what they can eat in 5 minutes is more than enough. Overfeeding will result in obesity issues and dirty water. However, keep in mind that there are different feeding requirements for different seasons.
No matter if you’re introducing fish to your pond for the first time or if you already have some fish in your pond, it’s important to quarantine new arrivals. Fish that didn’t go through quarantine can be sick and full of harmful pathogens which can attack existing fish and cause the death of your favorites. So, in order to keep your pond residents healthy and ensure good survival of newcomers, it’s best to leave newbies separated and under observation for a few days.
While Koi carps can take good care of themselves (they basically just need food), most home ponds are too small for self-filtration, so you need to ensure the quality of water artificially. A good filter will remove waste from the water and keep it clean and harmless. Your Koi pond also needs to be stress-free and stable. Large temperature changes can happen easily, especially in shallow pools, so keep yours at least 3 feet deep. Steep edges of your pond are also necessary in order to keep predators away.
This was a short introduction to keeping Koi fish in your personal pond. For course, as you get more into it, you’ll learn plenty of new and interesting things that will ensure your fish thrive and provide you with peace, beauty and tranquillity.
koi fish care for beginners people ask
Are koi ponds high maintenance?While koi fish may be known for their grace and beauty, few know that they are also one of the dirtiest and high–maintenance fish to own. Because they like to root up the pond’s bottom surface, and because they produce a lot of waste, koi pond water can easily become mucky and dingy
How much water does a koi fish need?First, average water conditions will allow 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of water (or 100 inches for a 1,000-gallon pond). Second, due to pheromones and toxin control, we want to stay at or under four koi per 1,000 gallons of water to promote a healthy living environment.