Categories | Fish Breeders | Koi Breeders
If you love the thought of sitting around a peaceful outdoor pond, filled with absolutely stunning fish then keeping Koi is just the thing for you. Here’s what you need to know.
The Koi is an ornamental coldwater fish that do best in water that is between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. The Koi is classified according to its size, shape, colour and pattern and some common types of Koi include the Ghost Koi, Asagi, Bekko, Kohaku, Orgon, and Shushui Koi. The Koi comes in a huge range of colours including white, red, blue, black, yellow, metallic, brown, or a combination of these.
The Koi is actually quite an intelligent fish and they can actually be trained to take food from a person’s hand, and they are capable of recognising their owner, especially if they are the person that always feeds them.
Feeding Koi can be one of the most enjoyable parts of keeping them (after just sitting and watching them!) but you do need to be careful not to overfeed them. Koi should only be given as much food as they can eat in five minutes. Adult Koi will eat about one gram of goldfish or Koi pellets each but they also enjoy eating plants and algae that grow in aquariums and ponds. Koi will also eat foods such as peas, lettuce and watermelon. Be aware that Koi should not be fed if the temperature of the water is below 10 degrees Celsius as they actually go into a hibernation state.
Young Koi fish can be kept in aquariums but as they grow older and larger, it is best to move them to an outdoor pond, just due to the size that they can reach. Your outdoor pond will need to have a deep section to give the Koi protection against potential predators and to give them plenty of room to swim. It is also a good idea to provide a pump and filter in order to keep the water clear. The pond itself can be made from fibreglass, concrete, or from a rubber liner. You should fill it with aquatic plants to give the fish protection from the sun and predators.
Other Information about Koi
If you are thinking about keeping Koi, it is a good idea to first check with the wildlife authority in your state or territory to ensure that it is legal to keep them and that no special permits are required. This is important as wild carp are actually a huge nuisance and are causing problems in waterways.
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