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Have you heard any koi pond myths?

Have you heard any Koi Pond Myths?

One of the biggest reasons many people get a water garden is so they can have fish.  Don’t let Koi Pond Myths keep you from getting a few of your own finned friends of your own! Here are some common myths with replies from Aquascape, Inc.
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Koi Pond Myths
Koi Pond Myths

Myth:

Aquascape Says:

“Fish will just create more pond maintenance.” Actually, fish are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Koi reduce algae by feeding on it, and they fertilize plants with their waste. So, fish actually create less pond maintenance.
“Koi cannot live in a pond with rocks and gravel.” Koi originated in nature, where rocks and gravel cover almost every pond on earth. We build rock and gravel lined ponds almost daily, which house perfectly healthy and happy Koi.
“I don’t want to lose all my fish to predators.” If constructed properly, one can virtually eliminate the risk of predators with a few simple precautionary techniques.
“Koi need at least three feet of water to survive.” 95% of the ponds that we build are two feet deep in the center, and the koi are happy and healthy as can be.
“I don’t want to be troubled with bringing my fish inside for the winter.” Koi are an extremely hardy fish, whose ancestors over-wintered in freezing conditions, and still do. Just keep the water circulating and maintain a hole in the ice and they’ll never know the difference.
“I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on my fish.” Actually, pet quality koi start at $5.00 each with show quality koi going for one hundred thousand dollars or more. Since fish food is also very inexpensive, how much you want to spend on fish is your decision.
“You can’t have koi in a pond that has rocks and gravel” Koi are actually just a fancy variety of carp, and all carp are bottom feeders. They love to swim along the bottom and scavenge everything that is available on and in-between rocks. In nature, it’s not uncommon to find ponds, lakes, or rivers with rocks on the bottom.
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What is a koi pond and should I get one?

What is a Koi Pond?

A koi pond is a water feature which is designed to house koi, otherwise known as carp. Koi have selectively bred for centuries to achieve very large sizes and distinct patterns of white, black, gold, red, and orange on their bodies. Koi ponds are used as aesthetic features in gardens, atria, and other locations, and many people use them to add an Asian look and feel to their gardens.

What make a koi pond versus a traditional pond?

Some special features differentiate a koi pond from an ordinary garden pool or a pool filled with aquatic plants, because the pond is designed to house fish, and the fish have special needs.

While koi prefer dirty, muddy water and dense foliage, people usually like to look at them, so the pond may be equipped with a filtration system to keep the water clear, and the aquatic plants in the pond will be carefully managed. The pond also needs to be properly oxygenated to keep the fish healthy, and it may need to be fenced or covered with a screen to deter predators.

What do koi eat?

Koi enjoy eating plants, and when planning a koi pond, people generally select foliage that is safe for the fish to eat. Lilies are especially popular for koi ponds, although other types of plants may be used as well. Stocking must also be done with care, as larger koi will cheerfully eat smaller fish or each other, and the fish require regular feeding and inspections to check for general health.

 Where do you put a koi pond?

Many gardeners design a koi pond as a focal feature of a garden, and they may include seating around the pond or devise garden paths which all eventually lead to the koi pond.

Some koi ponds come complete with little islands, bridges, and similar features, and the pond is often designed to encourage people to linger and contemplate the colorful fish. Gardeners who like to meditate may construct a meditation platform near a koi pond, so that they can relax and clear their minds to the sounds of splashing water.

Gardeners who have not worked with koi before may want to consider hiring a professional to install a koi pond and establish the fish.

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Feed and Caring of Koi Fish

 What do you feed  and care for a Koi fish?
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koi fish
koi fish

With a good balance of plants, you should only need to feed Koi for your enjoyment and to attract the fish closer.Without plants in the pond, Koi fish are dependent on you to provide them.  Plants provide them shade and hiding spots from predators as well as food.
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koi fish
koi fish

How often can you feed Koi fish?

If you decide to feed your fish, do so up to twice per week. Fish do not know the feeling of “fullness” and will eat until they die. Koi fish can become overweight, which can cause health problems or death. When you do feed your fish, don’t give them much more than a handful at a time. You may even find most of this food in the skimmer unit – don’t worry, your fish are getting plenty.  If there are plants in the pond, they don’t need much food at all.  They will get used to you feeding them and may eventually eat out of your hand!

If you want to purchase koi fish, Quality Koi Company one of the best koi companies in the world is located right here in South Jersey!

When do I feed them?

Make sure to only feed your Koi fish during the warm parts of the year, when fish are active. Once the weather gets too cold, the fish slow down their bodies, starting a type of hibernation. Once the water temperature reaches about 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish entirely.  Koi fish will continue to eat, though they cannot properly digest the food in this environment. The food will cause decay, and the fish will die.
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koi fish
koi fish

What if I don’t have or want plants?

If you really don’t want plants, you can feed the fish once a day, but NOT in the winter. Even without plants, feeding in the colder weather can cause Koi fish to die.
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