All about koi fish

How to build a Koi Pond – Plan Before You Dig

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Don’t make the mistake of thinking any garden pond can handle Koi fish. That would be a big mistake. A koi pond is a complex water environment. It’s a water filtration plant with fish in it. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not making the pond big enough. Koi fish are large. They need adequate space to move around in.

There are many things you have to consider when you start a project to build a Koi pond. You have to provide for good water quality and filtration. Koi fish give off a lot of waste that needs to be continually removed from the pond. Good aeration is needed to keep the oxygen level right. There is also a variety of equipment that needs to be installed.

You need to thinks about picking the right location. Make sure it has the views that are most desirable so you can enjoy your pond. Make sure it’s located close to all the utility hook-ups you need. And don’t forget about easy access to the location if you plan on using any power excavation equipment.

Koi Pond Aeration – Oxygen Level is Critical

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Many Koi owners don’t realize how important the right level of dissolved oxygen in their pond is to the health of their fish. As a result Koi pond aeration is something that is often neglected. They think, because they have an outdoor pond, oxygen is something they don’t have to worry about.

The proper level of oxygen is important not only for the fish but also for vegetation in the pond and most important for the needed chemical processes that go on in a healthy pond including bacterial decomposition. Now every pond will develop its own particular oxygen demand. This demand is affected by the level of bacterial activity, the number of fish you have and by the decomposition of plant material in the pond as well as unwanted plant material that falls and collects in the pond.

What affects the amount of oxygen water can absorb? There are several things. Moving water absorbs much more oxygen than standing water. Warm water cannot absorb as much as cooler water. The salinity of water also affects its ability to absorb oxygen but since we are dealing with fresh water ponds this is really not a factor.

Koi Feeding – Give them the Best

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A Koi’s growth rate is directly related to how they are fed. Their feeding pattern in turn, is dependent on a lot of factors, including water temperature and quality, number of fish in the pond and the genetic background of the fish.

They need food that contains various elements such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. These elements are essential for all animals to maintain healthy bodies, grow and reproduce.

The type of food and the amount to feed them will depend on the size of the Koi. The smaller fish need food in a size they can eat, while the larger fish will do just fine with larger pieces. If you have the usual mix of smaller and larger fish then you will have to make sure there is something for each. Make sure the smaller don’t get left out.

Most commercial Koi food comes in two types: floating and sinking. The sinking type is more suited to Koi since they are bottom feeders. This feed form can last longer at the bottom of the pond because the meal is held together with fats; and, therefore, not easily dissolved by cold water. One disadvantage in using this is that you will not see your Koi as they feed.

Building a Koi Pond Can Be Fun and Easy

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Looking for something new for your garden? How about a Koi pond? Building and maintaining a Koi pond is not as hard as you might think. With a little care you can have the beautiful decorative Koi fish in your garden pond for many, many years.

How large do you want your pond to be? Be sure to figure in room for growth. Not only will your fish grow, they can also multiply. And because they come in so many different colors, you may want to add more. But take care that you do not make the pond too large. Generally a pond needs to be filtered once every three hours, if the pond is very large running and maintaining large pumps can be very expensive. Medicating the pond when necessary would also be very expensive. If the pond is too big, you may not be able to see the fish as much as you would like. By the same token, you do not want it to be too crowded.

Get To Know The Black Koi!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

If you are looking to jazz up your water garden, one of the best ways is to add some Black in there. One great type of fish that go well in almost any water garden is the carp, or as it is known in Japan, the Black Koi.

One thing to remember however is that before you add any new life into your pond, a little bit of research will go a long way. You need to make sure that Koi will be right for your pond, and that you can take proper care of them and ensure the proper ecosystem within your pond.

If you didn’t already know, Koi is just another name for carp, which is a large species of fish that originated somewhere around Asia and Central Europe. There were several species of carp even in the beginning, and this led them to be easily domesticated throughout South East Asia and China. They were even used as a food source in and around Asia. By the time the fish made it to Japan, they became known as Koi. This creature is extremely hardy, and can withstand many different climates and water types and conditions. This hardiness is what allowed Koi to spread throughout Japan and many other new locations.

Having the right Koi Filter means Having a Spic and Span Koi Pond or Garden

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

When you have a Koi pond or garden, you have to keep it clean and the way to do that is with a Koi filter. But there are different types of filters that you can get and it is important for you to understand what ones are available to you. This is so you can have the Koi filter that works for you when it comes to both your budget and the ultimate size of your Koi pond.

The filter you want to look at is the biological filter. This is a filter that is made to get rid of particulate and organic substances. These filters use what is called anaerobic bacteria-laden filter media. A biological filter breaks down the harmful substances that can damage your fish and your pond. It removes decaying pond creatures, fish waste, leaves, and other decaying debris that sits at the bottom of the pond.

Bacteria is used in the breakdown process because it is a special bacteria that can take substances that are harmful and break them down into something that is not as harmful. For example, ammonia is broken down in two stages. Each stage also involves a different type of bacteria. The first stage is the nitrifying of the bacteria and the second stage involves converting the nitrite to nitrate.

Add Serenity to Your Life with a Koi Garden

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

If you want to add a little serenity to your life, you can do it with a Koi Garden. You would be quite amazed what a Koi garden can really do for the area around your home or business. That is because anyone coming in contact with your garden will absolutely love it. They will stop to admire it. They may even take pictures of it. But it is a matter of you finding the right supplies, the right fish, and having the right location for your garden.

The first thing we need to focus on is the location of your Koi garden. It is very important that you know where it is you want to place your garden so that it gets the attention that it deserves and so the garden is in a location that compliments your home or your business. Many decide that the front of the structure along a walkway is the best place for it. And if your budget allows for it, you could create a bridge that connects pieces of your walkway and place the garden right below it. That way individuals, including yourself, can stand on the bridge and look down at the Koi swimming around, the plants, and the other items that you have. This brings a sense of peace to everyone’s passing by.

Determine Which Koi Supplies Are Best For Your Koi Pond

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Now that you have your Koi pond in and stocked you need to choose the Koi supplies that can keep your fish happy and healthy. The basic need provided by Koi supplies is to keep the water clean and free of parasites. As long as you keep your fish well fed and predators out of your pond, you can enjoy these wonderful, colorful fish for many years to come.

Once you have selected the size and the depth of your Koi pond, you will need to be sure that you maintain the proper water level. The water can evaporate and you will need to be sure that you replace it. But you will need to take care that you are not introducing too much chlorine to the Koi pond because it can kill the fish. An auto fill device is designed to recognize when the water level drops and automatically add enough water to bring it back to the proper level. Because it adds only a small amount at a time, there is less change for an overdose of chlorine.

Providing Good Koi Care Can Ensure Your Fish Live For Many Years

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The Koi fish known for brilliant shape and color is a descendent of the Japanese magoi carp. Growing to over forty pounds and three feet in length, and with brilliant coloring in black, red, orange, yellow and white these fish have been documented to live for hundreds of years with the proper Koi care. There are several kinds including the fantail Koi that has long draping fins and a draping tail and with the right Koi care, they’ll remain beautiful.

The Koi is known to be a hardy fish that seldom sickens or dies without an underlying reason. The original magoi carp was known to survive harsh conditions and nasty parasites with little to no affects. However, man has weakened the strain as the Koi has been inbred to obtain the most prized shapes and colors. Even so, with proper care the Koi can still live for decades.

When Koi dies it is usually because the water is lacking oxygen, the water quality is poor; the fish has ulcer disease or parasites. Other factors in the death of the fish include toxic pesticides, virus, tumors, and medication overdose. So as you see, these are all things that could have been avoided with the proper diligence. Predators are also a problem as is the fish jumping out of the water.

Determining the Correct Koi Care to Keep Your Fish Healthy

Monday, April 14th, 2008

The Koi fish has been on the planet for hundreds of years. A descendent of the Japanese magoi carp they are prized for their beautiful shapes and brilliant colors, especially with the right Koi care. There are several varieties including the fancy fantail Koi which has draping fins and tails. The beautiful fish can be a combination of black, red, yellow, white and orange and it has been known to grow to three feet long and weigh more than forty pounds with the right Koi care.

While the original magoi carp had the ability to endure parasites and survive in poor conditions, the current species is not quite as hardy. The fish has been a victim of inbreeding to capture the shapes and colors that are so prized. Even so, the Koi still can live for decades and it seldom sickens or dies without an underlying reason.

Some of the top reasons for Koi death include poor water quality, parasites, ulcer disease, predators, and lack of oxygen. Other reasons could include medication overdose, virus, tumor, toxic pesticides and jumping out of the water. As you can see, most of the problem could be avoided by simply being diligent in care.

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