Tips for buying koi
What do I need to know before buying a Koi fish? tips for buying koi Here’s a look at what you need to know before purchasing your first fish. It’s Best to Start With a Pond. Koi produce a Lot of Waste. There’s a Lot of Necessary Equipment.
- Good body shape and skin quality
- Well-distributed pattern the full lenght of the body (in Varieties such as Showa)
- Clear, well-shaped head
- Fins in proportion to the body
- Bilateral symmetry
- Straigh spine
- Badly split fins; missing fins (usually one of the pelvic fins)
- Reddened vent or raised, angry scales (both signs of bacterial infection)
- Scars or missing scales below the lateral line (not visible when koi is viewed from above)
- Anchor worm (Argulus) parasites
- Broken dorsal and/or pectoral fin rays
- Clamped fins
- Gills not working at the same rate, or too-rapid respiration indicating gill damage
- Damage/missing eye(s)
- Eroded or reddened barbels
- (Listless) lacking energy or enthusiasm behavior
- (Erratic ) not even or regular in pattern or movement swimming
- Head-up/head-down position in the water
- Excessively thin body, especially just behind gills
- Rough feel to body (indicating lack of protective mucus)
- Part-missing or outcurled gill covers.
Ask whether the fish is male or female (you do not wnt to pay for a female, only to find it is a male) Closely examine any fish first in a bowl, then by holding up the bag to examine the underside and to check that all fins are present and correct
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Tips for buying koi people also ask
How do you pick good quality Koi?
Koi should be shaped like laser-guided bombs – not fat and not thin, with a rounded nose and slim elliptical body which flows from head to tail in one graceful line. Avoid any which are rugby ball shape and any that are very thin so that the head appears overlarge and the body carrot-shaped
What do I need to know before buying a Koi fish?
Here’s a look at what you need to know before purchasing your first fish.
It’s Best to Start With a Pond.
Koi Produce a Lot of Waste.
There’s a Lot of Necessary Equipment.
Beware the Tategoi.
Keeping Koi Is Time-Consuming.
What is the best Koi to buy?
The 8 Best Koi Fish For Ponds
Editor’s Choice! Gosanke.
Best Sheen. Hikarimuji.
Utsurimono. A koi fish with a unusual color pattern.
The Most Friendly Koi. Kawarimono.
Koromo. And red and white Koi fish.
Bekko. One of the oldest domesticated Koi fish. …
Shusui. learn more about types of koi