Koi ponds are becoming very popular. You can mix them with other fish if you want to but the reason they are mainly kept separately is that they need slightly different conditions.
Keeping koi is a little more difficult, but if you are looking for a hobby and are willing to spend a slightly more of your time looking after them then go for it!
Most people become very serious when looking after koi and feel that it is at the top of fish-keeping.
If you are serious about having a koi pool and doing it properly then the first thing you need to realise is that they are large fish and require a lot of space. Very often they reach over 60cm in length, so imagine having 20 small koi in your nice little corner pond that is 1.5metres by 1.5metres.! That does not give them much room to grow!
Some basics for a Koi pond
Have a minimum depth of 1.5 metres and then you can be sure your pond is large enough and your Koi are being kept in a healthy roomy environment! Basically if you want to keep a decent number of koi make sure you have a decent sized pond.
A few other things I should let you know is that they can eat, and I mean eat.!
What happens when they eat a lot? yes they produce huge amounts of waste. A very good filtration systems needs to be put in place and this is best planned before you build your pond.
Also they love to eat pond plants and so be careful when choosing your plants. A lot of koi keepers don't have any at all this may be the simplest way to stop the munching!
Don't get put off the idea of keeping koi thinking it may be to much hard work, yes they need a little more attention but in return will give you hours of enjoyment watching these wonderful creatures! They are easy to tame and will feed out of your hand.
Crystal clear water is a must
Koi are chosen by their design and as they look best from above. You need to keep this in mind when choosing them for your pond.
Also you need to make sure you keep your pond crystal clear. There will be no point in having these beautiful fish if they are hidden behind blankets of algae and overgrowing plants.
If you want to go the whole hog with keeping koi then you can create the surroundings to match where they originate from. I have a small section under pond designs called Japanese ponds which will help you with this.
But you do not need to have the Japanese look and feel design as any pond can blend into any garden if carefully selected.
As a Koi pond tends to be on the large size - you will need to take this into consideration if you have small children as there would obviously be very dangerous hazard!
Click any links below to find out more about individual aspects of Koi Ponds.
Koi and Fountains
Koi Pond Construction
The Vortex Chamber
Keeping Koi indoors
Koi Bottom Drains
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