Getting Started With Koi Fish
Anyone who has seen a Koi pond can tell you just how much they can add to the atmosphere of a home or business. It’s no surprise that Koi are commonly referred to as “Living Jewels,” and chances are that if you’re reading this article you’re getting ready to start a pond of your own. But there are some things you should consider before you start digging if you want to raise healthy fish and get the most out of your Koi pond.
To begin, where do you want to keep your pond? Koi can be kept both indoors and outdoors. An indoor Koi pond is more expensive to create, as it’s not as simple as digging out a plot of dirt, so it is generally something you will find at businesses more than you will at residences. But if you are striving for a particularly unique look and atmosphere, an indoor Koi pond might be right for you. If going the traditional route of an outdoor Koi pond, start thinking about where you’d like your pond and how large you’d like it to be. Use string to outline areas you are considering, and see what the view will be like from different rooms in your house. Also consider that Koi can grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet in length, so make sure your pond will be large enough for your Koi once they are fully grown. A standard rule of thumb is about 7 feet wide by 8 feet long and 4 feet deep as minimum size for ideal Koi growth and comfort.
Now that you’ve started considering where you want your Koi pond to go, it’s time to start thinking about creating the best home for the fish. Koi are a very particular specie of fish, and as such they require a very particular habitat. Many people will dig a hole, throw in any old liner, and fill it with Koi. This is the wrong way to go about it, and while it may suffice for a while you are ultimately dooming your investment and the health of the fish. A quick overview of some of the essential materials you can expect to need are: Bottom Drain, Skimmer, Liner, Pump, Filter, Ultraviolet Lights. Make sure to do your research on these materials in order to build a habitat that is suitable specifically for Koi.
Now, or at any point in this process, you can go ahead and start getting out to see Koi ponds wherever you can. The habitat Koi fish require is very specific, but the way you decorate it and bring it to life is completely up to you. Ask the owners of the ponds questions and store the data for future use. Take note of plants, filters, lighting, and anything that catches you eye. Soaking in how other successful ponds are done is a great way to avoid tons of frustration and trial & error when building your first pond.
And finally, you can start thinking about what kind of Koi you want in your pond. For a beginner it is recommended that you buy standard Koi fry from your local pet store. This will allow you to watch as they grow and learn about the different sizes, colors, and markings these beautiful creatures exhibit while still staying on a small budget. As your experience and knowledge grows, you can start getting in touch with Koi breeders to add the exact colors and sizes of fish to compliment your pond and create the perfect atmosphere.
As you can see, getting your first Koi pond is not as easy as digging a hole and putting some Koi in some water.
But a little preparation will go a long way, and any Koi owner will tell you that the end result is one of the most serene additions you can make to your home.
Another couple of articles to check out before you to buy your Koi is a guide to Buying Live Koi Online, Before you get carried away purchasing koi you need to make sure that you have suitable home for them. Check out what we believe to be the most important things to remember when building a koi pond