Koi ponds have become a popular hobby in the world, and the
reasons are clear as to why. Koi are beautiful, vibrant fish that can literally light your day. Koi come in many
colours, varieties, and kinds, so it is likely that everyone in the world can find at least one type of Koi that
would suit their likes. While Koi may be a welcomed beauty to your pond, they also have an interesting history
attached to them.
In Chinese culture, Koi ponds are said to being good luck to
their owners. Koi ponds are used as an overall plan to fulfil their lives. Other parts of the world consider Koi
ponds as a form of relaxation and serenity. In the United States, more and more people seem to find Koi ponds to
be fun more than anything else. No matter what the reason you find to have a Koi Pond, they are sure to brighten
However, Koi keeping should not be taken lightly. Koi, like
any other animal, require time and money to maintain. The majority of first time Koi owners fail because they
get the idea that keeping Koi is easy in some way. Do not let this discourage you though, as educating yourself
will greatly improve your chances of succeeding.
It is important for you to learn all you can before you begin
obtaining the things you need for Koi keeping. This way, you will not slip up and have to replace anything that
you have already done or bought. Planning ahead will not only save your money, but it will potentially save your
sanity as well.
It is important to learn the information for yourself rather
than relying on other sources. People such as your product dealer and pond builder will have limited knowledge,
but should not be trusted for a reliable source, as they are selling products and may be bias. Plus, once you
are at home with your Koi, your product dealer or pond builder may not be available to help you in the event of
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 owners’ hands. The
more time you spend with your Koi, the more you will notice each Koi has 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
companion, Koi may be a good choice.
Building Your Koi Habitat
Before ever 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 centre, 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 filtrations, mechanical and biological. Mechanical filtration relives the pond of solids such as dead
algae, insects, and Koi wastes. It is 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.