Koi Fish Keeping & Koi Care

Considered to be one of the most popular fresh-water pond fish, Koi can be found gracing the waters of millions of outdoor ponds all over the world.

They are not only loved for their variety of colors but also for the longevity of their lives.  

The longest living Koi ever recorded in history died at the rip old age of two hundred twenty-six.

Koi are the perfect choice for an outside pond.

Koi are the domesticated varieties of the common carp. 

In fact, the word Koi comes from the Japanese word meaning “carp” which was where they were bred for the first time around the 1820’s.

Koi come in a huge variety of patterns and colors including, red, orange, yellow, black, white, silver or even blue or green.

Since outside elements such as the environment that they live in and the diet they eat effect the color of Koi, it is easy to understand the patience and skill it took for the first Japanese breeders to develop such a magnificent fish.

Although they are not typically a schooling fish, Koi are extremely social with other breeds of fish as long as they are not small enough to be eaten by these opportunistic feeders.

In a smaller pond Koi may seem to school together but, in larger areas they tend to split up into small groups.

Because Koi can grow to be a large fish, they require and thrive in ponds that are about five hundred gallons or more.

If you decide to house smaller Koi in a smaller pond, pay close attention to how big they get.

At this time you can make the pond bigger, replace the size of the pond entirely, or give your larger fish away and replace them with smaller Koi.

It is important to keep the number of fish you have in the pond relative to the amount of water that the pond holds.

The health of the fish depends a lot upon the amount of space that Koi fish owners provide their fish with.

The quality of the water is the single most important factor when it comes to the health of Koi fish.

Since they are more expensive then goldfish, which is another very popular pond fish, they can be harder to replace.

They are cold water fish and therefore do best in water temperatures that are between 61 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Because these amazing fish thrive in colder water, they can be kept outside in the winter.

The pond should be no less than three feet deep.

As the winter temperatures begin to drop Koi fish will begin their winter hibernation.

Their digestive systems will slow almost to a halt.

Food in their stomachs can grow rancid and could cause the fish to become sick.

Because of this, Koi should not be feed in weather less the fifty degrees Fahrenheit.

Outdoor ponds can be relaxing when the sounds of the rippling water flows through the yard but, no pond is complete without a gorgeous ornamental fish like the Koi.

Koi owners consider themselves lucky to be able to have these fish touch their lives and brighten up their worlds.

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