The Basics of Keeping Koi

The Basics of Keeping Koi

The Basics of Keeping Koi Koi pond’s popularity are on the rise, and the reasons are obvious. Who would not want living creatures as a part of their garden?

However, Koi keeping should not be taken lightly. Koi, like any other animal, require time and money to maintain.

The majority of first time Koi owners fail because they get the idea that keeping Koi is easy in some way.

Do not let this discourage you though, as educating yourself will
greatly improve your chances of succeeding.

It is important for you to learn all you can BEFORE you begin obtaining the things you need for Koi keeping.

This way, you will not slip up and have to replace anything that you have already done or bought.

Planning ahead will not only save your money, but it will potentially save your sanity as well.

It is important to learn the information for yourself rather then
relying on other sources.

People such as your product dealer and pond builder will have
limited knowledge, but should not be trusted for a reliable source,
as they are selling products, and may be bias.

Plus, once you are at home with your Koi, your product dealer or
pond builder may not be available to help you in the event of a problem.

Your Pond

Before ever buying Koi, you must create a proper habitat for them. This is where information from your pond builder and supplier will come in handy.

However, you should not rely on the opinions of just one person. It may be a god idea to do research on your own, before you go to purchase the materials needed for you pond.

Because of it’s popularity, an unlimited supply of resources can be found on the topic of Koi keeping.

Visit your local library, fishery center, or research online. There are quite a few things needed to sustain a habitable pond.

When it comes to pond size, the bigger is always better. Koi have a
habit of growing rather fast, so you have to consider pond size at
the same time you are considering how many Koi you are going to put it in.

You filtration system is extremely important. There are 2 types of filtration, mechanical and biological.

mechanical filtration relives the pond of solids such as dead algae,
insects, and Koi wastes.

It is important to have enough filtration to sustain the size of the pond, and the amount and size of your Koi.

Biological filtration causes a nitrogen cycle, which is what removes
dissolved wastes from your pond.

Without biological filtration, built up waste will turn into ammonia
and kill your Koi within just a few days.

Another consideration is the water quality. It is sometimes said that having Koi is literally just a side effect of having the proper water quality. To keep your Koi alive, you must have the proper knowledge on how to maintain your water quality.

Buying Koi

There are potentially thousands of different types of Koi, with
about 20 different popular versions.

Koi are popular because of their beautiful colors and patterns.

Your pond should be complete before you even look into buying your Koi.

The size and amount of Koi you buy should be highly based on your pond.

Be careful, overstocking will cause problems right away with you
pond, potentially killing many of the Koi you purchase, causing you to loose time and money.

Most fish owners understand that most fish will only grow to the size of their enclosure.

Koi, unlike other fish, will grow until they are the size of their specific type. You must be able to accommodate the amount of fish you purchase in the future.

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The Basics of Keeping Koi related questions

Are koi fish easy to take care of?
Koi grow quickly and get very large. Keep mature koi in an outdoor pond of at least 3 feet deep, with at least 50 gallons of water per fish.

If you’re introducing koi to an existing school in an aquarium or pond, quarantine the new fish in a separate body of water for 2 to 4 weeks to be sure they are healthy.

Can Koi be kept 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.

Are koi good pets?
Koi are not what you might consider a traditional pet, but they offer some of the same advantages.

Koi can be a calming addition to an outdoor garden or an indoor pool or aquarium.

Koi may look like large goldfish, but the two are only distant cousins. Koi are actually more closely related to the common carp.

How many gallons does a koi fish need?
We generally offer two rules of thumb regarding the number of koi in a pond. First, average water conditions will allow 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of water (or 100 inches for a 1,000-gallon pond)

Why are koi fish so popular – What do they signify? … Koi fish are always at ease in the water, flowing as the tide runs deep under water. Feng shui, a spiritual form of organization and placement of objects, says that having the spirit of the koi near you will attract good luck, fortune, and spiritual benefits.
Can koi fish bite you?
So, your koi carp cannot bite you, and you are perfectly safe to hand-feed your fish without the risk of losing a finger! That said, the mouth and gums of the koi are actually fairly strong and muscular, and it is possible that they might grasp onto your finger with their mouths, mistaking it for food
Can koi fish survive without pump?
How long can Koi fish survive without a pump? … A pump will pull water and then push it through a filter of some sort and return it to the pond.
If at the return it splashes then it will oxygenate the water. Two thing occur here -oxygenation of the water and improved water quality.

Author: Giovanni Carlo

I am a koi fish keeper and breeder a husband of beautiful wife Maybel and beautiful daughter May Carl I have been in fish keeping hobby for over 35 years. Like many kids in the 80's We catch fish in the rivers and canals and kept it in the "pasong" local visayan name for pond. or a large mayo bottle since We don't have aquariums yet on that time. decades later their is a small petshop open in my place and that starts me from buying aquarium and fishes that are sold in the pet store decades later start growing goldfish and koi fish until today.

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