Koi Fish Population:
While purchasing the koi fish, make sure that you select the number as per the size of the pond or the fish tank. You can also consider the size of the koi fish that you are purchasing. On an average, a full grown koi fish can be reared in a water capacity of about 100 gallons. Accordingly, estimate the number of koi with reference to the total water in the fish tank or pond system. An overcrowded system results in an unhealthy water quality and/or environmental condition for the inhabitants.
Koi Fish Disease: In case of any irregularities in the water chemistry or nutrition, koi fish will become inactive and dull. In severe cases, they may become sick due to the bacterial infections. Diseases may also result from the introduction of other diseased fish or damaged plants. You can check for occurrence of bacteria on the underside of the belly. In cases which you find sick koi fish, separate it from the rest of the population and change the water as soon as possible, so as to prevent further spreading of the disease.
In brief, follow the steps in which we went over and you will have an amazing pond full of beautiful koi. Koi fish can easily survive up to 40 years and beyond, provided that the right environmental conditions are maintained. Though it requires patience and continuous efforts to keep koi fish in the pond, the satisfaction of watching them playing is worth overcoming the hurdles.
Fun Facts About Koi:
They can reach up to three feet in length which is why you need a very large pond to house them in.
JAPAN IS THE MECCA for Koi. They are part of the culture, much like dogs and cats are here in America. One big difference, however, is that most of these wet pets outlive their owners. In fact, fish are often passed down from generation to generation, as the valuable heirlooms they are.
In one village, the fish in a family’s pond had been passed down through so many generations , that the original ancestors who’d kept these prized fish could not even be recalled. Knowing, though, that these were some old fish, it was decided that someone should find out just how old they were.
Working with a local university, a few of the fish gave up some scales for the sake of science. When the scientists tested the scales, even they were amazed at the results. The older fish alive in that pond had been around for an amazing 226 years! Two of his fellow pond dwellers were 180 and 156 years old, respectively.
The moral of the story? Take good care of your Koi, because maybe some day your great, great, great, great, great grandchildren’s grandchildren will enjoy gazing at these truly amazing creatures.
Koi will recognize the person feeding them and gather around them at feeding times. You can even train them to take food from your hand!
The koi varieties are dependent upon its color. For example, the kohaku is the red and white koi, the goshiki is orange and white while kigoi is plain yellow and kumonryu is the black koi.
Today, keeping koi has become a very popular hobby not only because of the beauty and color of the fishes but also the calming effect you get when watching these magnificent koi swimming gracefully in your own koi pond.
Here at McShane’s we value the addition of a water feature to the landscape. We pride ourself on our full service pond department. Should you need professional advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Pond Fish Guarantee
McShane’s is proud to stand behind the healh of the fish that we sell. As long as fish are transported and added to their new aquatic environment as directed, we offer a 30 day “replacement” guarantee. Should you have any questions, please see an associate for details.