When it comes to taking care of koi fish you will need to learn as much about koi in order to keep pond fish healthy and disease free. Koi fish make wonderful pets for outdoor garden ponds but they do require your time and effort in order to be successful at fishkeeping. Its not as simple as filling your pond with water and feeding your koi fish daily. There’s more to koi fish care then that! Your koi pond is like your child that you have to tend to it everyday. Koi pond owners should learn all they can about how to take care of koi fish.
Taking care of koi fishstarts off even before your koi pond is built and before you buy your koi at your local pet store. Proper planning is involved before building your koi pond, such as how deep your koi pond will be, will there be any ledges for pond plants and water lilies and how will you protect your koi fish from predators. Koi fish care starts by learning as much as you can before you jump into a very rewarding hobby.
require plenty of space to grow and live. For your koi pond you will need to make sure you provide your new pond fish with a suitable environment, proper filtration and adequate oxygen. If you are going to be succesful in taking care of koi fish you will need to provide a very clean environment for your new fish. In order to do so you will need to have a good pond filter and one that can handle the amount of fish waste being produced. Think of it like your pond filtration is the heart of your koi pond. Once the pond filter fails, everything begins to fall apart and many things can go wrong. You need to have a very good pond pump and pond filter for your water garden for your koi fish to stay healthy.
Also remember before adding any koi fish to your pond you will need to add beneficial bacteria to your pond to help start get the ecosystem running properly. The beneficial bacteria is what helps keep your koi fish healthy as it breaks down fish waste making it less toxic to koi known as the nitrogen cycle. After doing water changes and adding fresh water to your koi pond you should always replenish the beneficial bacteria by adding some. Taking care of koi fish is rewarding but there are many necessary steps to keep koi healthy.
After you’ve decided on your koi pond plans and built your garden pond your going to need to buy some koi fish for your new water garden. Koi care starts right here as you need to know what a healthy koi looks like. When you buy sick or injured koi you are adding nothing but problems to your new pond and may very well infect your already established healthy fish in your pond. It is very important to understand everything you can about koi diseases so you can prevent the introduction of diseases and parasites into your koi pond. Never buy koi fish from an aquarium that has sluggish fish, dead fish or visible signs of illnesses or diseases. Always buy your koi fish from a reputable koi dealer. Remember if the pet store is dirty think of how well the fish tanks are being maintained and how well the koi fish are being cared for. Image is everything and you should buy from a pet store that is clean and have a knowledgeable staff. Before you buy your koi fish ask as many questions you can like what type of fish food are they feeding their koi, how often are they feeding their koi, have the koi been treated lately for any diseases and if so what fish medication have been used? Ask whatever questions you want as they should know the answers to all your koi questions. If not, thank goodness for the Internet as you can find tons of resources all about koi right online.
When it comes to feeding your koi fish in your new pond it depends on the time of year that will determine the type of koi food you will be feeding them. In fall you will feed koi a lighter food that is much easier to digest. During the summer you can feed your koi a fish food with higher protein. You should only feed them what they can eat within five minutes. Any food left over after five minutes can deteriorate your water quality and foul it up. Never leave any uneaten food in your koi pond!
After you know all the facts about koi, taking care of koi fish is not that hard at all. If you have all the proper pond equipment, you should relatively have little to do with pond maintenance. You should however check your pond water at least once a week and top up your koi fish pond with water when needed. In the meantime I hope you all enjoy your new garden pond and taking care of koi fish is a very fun and rewarding hobby to be in.