Planning on Keeping Japanese Koi Fish?
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the calm serenity and beauty of raising koi? They’re relatively low-maintenance pets, meaning you don’t have to exert too much effort to take care of them. However, you do need to have a decent pond to ensure they grow healthily and happily in their new home.
Don’t know what to do or where to start? Don’t fret, we’ve got a few tips for raising koi and building the best pond
The Ideal Location
Keep in mind that Japanese koi fish are cold-water fish but they can thrive in warmer temperatures. Try making a koi pond under a shade. Try to maintain temperatures between 59-75 F/15-25 C.
When under a decent shade, koi will remain in the bottom portion of the pond though you will see them surface up from time to time.
You can place a koi pond under the sun but beware of the temperatures. If it gets too hot, your koi will get uncomfortable and the added heat will interfere with the pH levels and bacteria in the water. If these two factors change without warning, your fish could suffer and die.
The size of your koi pond depends on how large the school is. If you’ll only keep five or so koi, then you can get away with a 250-gallon pond. However, it’s always better to aim for over 1000 gallons so you can add more fish in the future.
However, you also don’t want a pond that’s too big. Only consider having a large koi with thousands of gallons of water if you’ll have multiple schools of koi.
It’ll be more difficult to regulate the temperature and pH balance. It’ll also be difficult to catch your fish when it’s time to temporarily move them and clean the pond.
Maintaining the Pond’s Ecosystem
It’s vital to keep the pH balance between 7 and 8.
You can use limestone and bacteria to keep the pH levels within this range. If it drops too low and they’ll suffer from Acidosis and if it’s too high they’ll go through Alkalosis. Both conditions can kill your koi.
A waterfall and other forms of flowing water will help keep the oxygen levels and bacteria levels at a healthy rate. You can also use hyacinth, duckweed, water lilies, and cattails to further breathe life into the pond and turn it into a proper koi habitat.
Build the Best Japanese Koi Fish Habitat
Having Japanese koi fish can bring peace and serenity to your home. However, it’s important to follow these crucial tips to guarantee they have a healthy habitat to live in. Maintain the ecosystem, place the pond in a decent shade, and give them enough space to live in.
Of course, the pond is only the start. You’ll need to buy some koi too!
That’s where we can help. Feel free to get in touch with us today and let us help you pick the best fish for your new pond!