Koi Fish: Everything You Need to Know About the Species.
Having live plants in your goldfish pond will give the fish something to eat and a place to hide, and facilitate filtration by removing excess nutrients from the water and aiding in aeration. Choose water plants based on the depth in which you want to plant them. Water lilies root deep in the pond water, approximately three feet into the pond, while anacharis floats freely. The surface of your.
Koi are from a different genus than Goldfish and though they can interbreed, it always results in a sterile hybrid. Koi (Nishikigoi) were originally bred to the Indonesian long finned carp. The result was a long finned (Butterfly, Dragon Koi) in all the same varieties standard Koi come in. Though Butterfly Koi are extremely popular in North America, the Japanese still refuse to acknowledge.
Koi will eat ALL of this. If they can. They love it, so do Goldfish. In REALLY large ponds a balance may be struck where the Koi cannot or will not eat all of it but in a regular 11 x 14 pond Duckweed will be a shortlived commodity. It's easily grown outside their abode in vats, babypools and tubs in a sunny spot with six inches water, fairly well circulated, with a small dead fish, or a.
We have 7 fish in our lower pond only. 2 Koi - 6-10 inches and 5 goldfish 4-6 inches. There are lots of snakes (garter and ribbon), and green frogs established in both upper and lower sections. In March, 2016, we had the pond completely emptied and cleaned. They removed the fish and some frogs and put them in a kiddie pool during the process, and removed all of the algae and such, power washed.
For koi, it should be limited to one fish for every 10 square feet of surface area. For example; a 10 x 10 pond will have a surface area of 100 square feet (assuming that it is a perfect rectangle). With an average filter this pond could house up to 30 goldfish or 10 koi. Of course, keeping fewer than this would make keeping good water quality.
Both koi and goldfish will eat anything that is small enough for them to swallow, and this includes other species of fish. In the wild, it is a necessary adaptation that gives them the ability to survive even in environments where food is scarce, but for obvious reasons this is undesirable in a backyard pond. Those who choose to place goldfish in the same pond as koi will need to protect them.
Feeding goldfish Koi is a little more complicated than sprinkling flakes on the water surface once or twice a day. We should be feeding our fish close to the same way and the same foods they would eat in their natural environment. In the wild, goldfish spend most of their time nibbling and grazing; eating food as they come across it. These foods consist mostly of vegetation, fish eggs and.