Koi Fish Aquariums What You Must Know
A well-kept koi pond is a great addition to any yard.
But let’s face it, not all of us have enough yard space for a koi pond.
It could also be that you have enough yard space, but your environment is less than ideal for a koi pond. But don’t worry, just because you can’t have a koi pond doesn’t mean you can’t take care of koi. You can take care of koi in aquariums, too.
That said, I put together a guide to koi fish aquariums to help you take care of koi in the comfort of your very own home.
A guide to koi fish aquariums
Considering the size of koi, koi ponds are still the most ideal environments for this type of fish. Koi aquariums would require more maintenance, which is why it’s incredibly important to have a guide to koi fish aquariums before putting one together. Take note of the following guidelines:
- Aquarium size
The first step to maintaining a koi aquarium is procuring one. To know how big of an aquarium you will actually need, you have to consider the following factors: the number of koi you want to keep and the size of your house.
To ensure the healthy growth of your koi, you need to consider its full size. A good rule of thumb is to have a stocking density of one inch of fish per ten gallons of water. This will give your koi enough space to grow and to move around.
If you plan on keeping several large koi fishes, then you have to make sure that there’s enough space in your home to accommodate the aquarium. Remember that a single 10-inch koi will already need a 100-gallon aquarium, so make sure that you have solid flooring.
Aquariums are not self-regulating ecosystems, so it’s up to you to maintain ideal conditions within the tank. You will need a high-quality water pump for your aquarium (several pumps if it’s a big tank) to ensure proper aeration at all times. If you don’t have a generator, you should also consider buying a battery-operated pump for back-up in case of power outage.
In addition to a water pump, you will also need a water filter to filter out the dirt that will eventually accumulate in your water tank. Lastly, you will need to install a netted cover on top of your tank to keep the koi from jumping out.
- Water quality
You should do partial water change at least every other week to keep your aquarium in a good condition. However, depending on a variety of factors like pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, you might have to change the water more often. To keep track of water quality, test the water at least once a quick and make adjustments accordingly. Water-testing kits are readily available in fish stores and buying one is a good investment if you intend to keep a koi fish aquarium.
Note that this is only a guide to koi fish aquariums and by no means tackle every single facet of taking care of koi fishes. I put together a guide to koi fish aquariums to help you get started with taking care of koi, but I will still highly suggest enlisting the help of your local koi dealer for more tailored instructions. Enjoy taking care of your koi!