Koi are beautiful, vibrant fish that can brighten up your day. They come in many colors and varieties, so it’s likely that everyone can find at least one type of Koi they like. They also have an interesting history.
In Chinese culture, Koi ponds are said to bring good luck to their owners. In other parts of the world Koi ponds are considered to provide a form of serenity and people in the united states, seem to find raising them a fun hobby. No matter what the reason you why you want your own Koi pond, they are sure to brighten your life.
However, Koi keeping should not be taken lightly. Like any other animal, they require time and money to maintain. The majority of first time Koi owners fail because they get the idea that keeping them won’t be a challenge at times. Don’t let this discourage you. Educating yourself properly will greatly improve your chances of maintaining a beautiful pond for years to come.
It’s important for you to learn everything you can before you begin obtaining the things you need for keeping Koi. This way, you won’t waste time and money or have to replace anything that you have already finished or bought. Proper planning ahead will not only save you money, it can potentially save your sanity as well.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you move forward.
– Koi Have Personality
You would not believe that Koi actually have personalities similar to other animals. They are social, and can even be trained to eat directly from their owner’s hands. The more time you spend with them, the more you will notice that they all have individual characteristics and traits.
Koi have been known to live for up to 200 years at time, but generally the average lifespan of a healthy Koi is about 30 years. So if you are looking for a long time pet, they may be the perfect choice.
– Building Your Koi Habitat
Before buying Koi, you must create a proper habitat for them. This is where information from your pond builder and supplier will come in handy. However, you should not rely on the opinions of just one person. It may be a god idea to do research on your own, before you go to purchase the materials needed for you pond. Because of its popularity, an unlimited supply of resources can be found on the topic of Koi keeping. Visit your local library, fishery center, or research online. There are quite a few things needed to sustain a habitable pond.
When it comes to pond size, bigger is always better. Koi have a habit of growing rather fast, so you have to consider pond size at the same time you are considering how many Koi you are going to put it in.
Your filtration system is extremely important. There are 2 types of filtration, mechanical and biological. Mechanical filtration relives the pond of solids such as dead algae, insects, and Koi wastes.
It’s important to have enough filtration to sustain the size of the pond, and the amount and size of your Koi. Biological filtration causes a nitrogen cycle, which is what removes dissolved wastes from your pond. Without biological filtration, built up waste will turn into ammonia and kill your Koi within just a few days.
Besides the technical aspects of your pond, you will also have the ability to create a visually appealing area as well. Waterfalls, fountains, and other water features will not only add a visual show to your pond, but it will also create movement and sound. A variety of plants and flowers are also available for your pond.