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How to Build a Koi Fish Pond

If you want to have a really attractive feature in your garden, then why not build a Koi fish pond? These beautiful fish make wonderful pets and are becoming one of the most popular pond fish to keep because they have such ornamental quality. Koi are part of the carp family and can grow quite large, so if you do want to keep a Koi fish pond then you need to have quite a lot of space so that you can have a big enough Koi fish pond to keep them happy and healthy. You don’t have to keep your Koi is a fish pond, some people also keep these beautiful fish in aquariums, but they can be harder to look after if you keep them in aquariums because of the lack of space.

When it comes to looking after your Koi fish pond, before you embark on looking after these fantastic creatures, you should always do some research before purchasing your fish. This is because, as with any fish Koi need special requirements in order to thrive and survive and so it is important that you know as much as you can about these fish before starting your fish pond. One of the most important aspects that you should consider when it comes to your Koi fish pond is the number of Koi fish you are planning to keep in your pond. This is because on average, two Koi fish should have at least 1000 gallons of water to swim around in, so if you want to be able to keep quite a few Koi fish then you will need to invest in a much larger pond. This is simply because Koi fish can grow so large and they need a lot of room to grow and if they are in a small environment then it could result in your fish fighting with each other. It also means that if you keep your Koi fish in a small pond which doesn’t have enough room for your fish to live then it will mean that you will find it difficult to maintain the fish pond.

If you are thinking about keeping a Koi fish pond, then something which you might want to consider investing in is a downloadable guide to Koi care and fish ponds, you can find these helpful guides on dozens of websites specialising in these fish and if you have your own Koi fish guide then you will be able to maintain the health of your fish and your pond much easier, it is a must for any Koi lover

If you would like more details on how to build a koi fish pond, then please go to this site that covers everything having to do with koi fish pond construction.

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    Koi – Japanese Fish of Love

    The carp that travelled to Japan from China, gained tremendously in colour and beauty: thanks to the Japanese breeders! And it is this ‘Brocaded carp’ that the world knows as Koi today. Literally ‘Koi’ means ‘carp’ (both common and ornamental species) in Japanese. The ornamental domesticated fish that we know as Koi is actually ‘nishikigoi’ in Japanese. Whatever the history and linguistics facts be, for us Koi is the beautiful, colourful, adaptable, domesticated pond fish. 

    Before we start talking in detail about the Koi fish keeping, let’s first look at some of the interesting benefits of having a Koi pond or say having a Koi in your pond (Koi co-exists well with other fish. So you can keep it with the ones you already have).

    **  It will add a spectrum of beauty to your garden environment.
    You will be able to establish a special bond with your Koi. They will feed from your hand once they gain confidence in you. Needless to say, this is the ultimate that one can expect from a pet. And a ‘rare ultimate’ when it comes to fish.

    **  If you are (or will be) a breeder, a Koi means thousands!
    Believe in Feng Shui? Koi is believed to bring good luck.
    Some symbolism…? Koi is considered to be a symbol of love and friendship in Japan.

    **  Koi is ‘elite’. Yes… keeping Koi is a status symbol; your garden’s style statement.

    Some other benefits that do not have any scientific evidence but have been talked about by Koi owners are:
    *  A Koi pond adds value to your property. If you are looking to sell yours, adding a Koi pond might increase the rates and the possibility of selling quickly.
    *  Spending some time by a Koi pond has been reported to be a great stress reliever.

    If you are venturing into the Koi hobby, it is worth noting that rearing Koi is not like having any other simple ornamental fish in an aquarium or a fish tank. Even if you do not want to be a breeder and are interested in keeping Koi solely for ornamental purpose, some research and preparation is a must. You will need a pond with proper size and systems in place. Seasonal changes would require some adjustments in order to keep Koi healthy. For example, feeding Koi requires to be ‘almost stopped’ in peak winters. All these aspects need to be taken care of and a fair degree of expertise is required at every step from selecting your Koi to creating Koi specific conditions.

    Also, Koi is an expensive affair. The fish itself will cost you some handsome bucks. And you can’t keep one. You will have to have a group of at least three of them; as experts recommend. You will also have to spend on building a pond or enlarging an existing one to suit the needs of Koi. Also, you will need to install proper purification systems and pumps, which is again a fairly big investment.

    Another important aspect to be considered is the safety of your Koi. This fish being extremely attractive is an easy attention seeker for the aerial predators. So you will need to grow trees in order to block their vision. Also, the depth of the pond will need to be increased not only as required by Koi but also as a safe guard against cranes and other such hunters, if they are a problem in your area. You might also need to use nets over the pond.

    Worried? Oh you shouldn’t. Efforts are going to be huge, but the result will be more so. After all you can’t have the roses’ bloom without the thorns!


    Nelson writes koi fish here: http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com/koi-japenese-fish. He has raised, studied, bred and cared for hundreds of varieties of Koi. His twenty plus years of practical experience and research are available in his latest book,<a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=”<a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=”http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com”>http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com”> Insider’s Secrets To Raising Healthy Koi: The Ultimate Guide</a>.

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    Colorful Koi Carp

    From their humble beginnings as fish food for Chinese rice farmers, these colorful Koi carp were brought to Japan in the 17th century, not only to be cultivated for cheap nutritious food for their own rice farmers, but also for their aesthetic appeal.

    The colorful Koi carp are the domesticated varieties of the common carp. In fact, the word Koi comes from the Japanese word meaning “carp” which was where they were bred for the first time around the 1820’s.

    Now Koi are considered to be one of the most popular fresh-water pond fish,, and can be found gracing the waters of millions of outdoor ponds all over the world.

    They are not only loved for their variety of colors but also for the longevity of their lives.  The longest living Koi ever recorded in history died at the rip old age of two hundred twenty-six.

    Koi come in a huge variety of patterns and colors including, red, orange, yellow, black, white, silver or even blue or green. There are potentially thousands of different types of Koi, with about 20 different popular versions. Koi are popular because of their beautiful colors and designs.

    Although Koi is simply a carp, modern specimens are products of selective breeding over many generations.  Outside elements such as the environment that they live in and the diet they eat can also affect the color of Koi.

    It is easy to understand the patience and skill it took for the first Japanese breeders to develop such a magnificent fish.

    Koi are extremely social with other breeds of fish as long as they are not small enough to be eaten by these opportunistic

    feeders.  In a smaller pond Koi may seem to school together, but in larger areas they tend to split up into small groups.

    Most fish owners understand that most fish will only grow to the size of their enclosure. However, because Koi can grow to be a large fish, they require and thrive in ponds that are about five hundred gallons or more.  

    It is important to keep the number of fish in a pond relative to the amount of water that the pond holds.  The depth and size of the pond is extremely important.

    A pond that contains a depth of at least four feet provides enough room for the colorful Koi to thrive.  The health of the fish depends a lot upon the amount of space that Koi fish owners provide their fish with.

    Koi can be kept outside in the winter. As the winter temperatures begin to drop, the colorful Koi fish will begin their winter hibernation, and their digestive systems will slow almost to a halt.

    However, undigested food in their stomachs can grow rancid and could cause the fish to become sick.  Because of this, Koi should not be feed in weather less the fifty degrees Fahrenheit.

    Outdoor ponds can be relaxing when the sounds of the rippling water flows through the yard but, no pond is complete without a gorgeous ornamental fish like the Colorful Koi  

    Many Koi owners consider themselves lucky to be able to have these fish touch their lives and brighten up their worlds.

    Don Miller has been breeding Koi for over 25 years. If you found the article on Koi Care of interest, you will also find further information and articles at the Koi Guide website

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