If you keep koi then you may be keen to discover when they might begin to mate. Like people, fish can reach sexual maturity at different ages and their age can be difficult to determine. Continue reading “When do Koi spawn?”
During president Trump’s recent visit to Japan, he was invited to feed the koi at the Akasaka Palace, one of the two State Guesthouses of the Government of Japan. The prized fish have been viewed by a succession of world leaders including Margaret Thatcher. This seemingly innocuous aspect of the President’s trip sparked a media storm when images and video emerged which showed him dumping his entire box of fish food into the pond! Continue reading “The Trump Dump Koi Scandal”
If you are lucky enough to have a koi pond there are several threats to your fish. One of these is most certainly a hungry heron. Koi provide a nutritious and substantial meal for herons and you could find that your fish are disappearing at an alarming rate. But what can you do about the situation? Could you kill the thieving heron, for instance? Continue reading “Are Herons Killing Your Koi?”
Gravel is one of the first purchases that many aquarists will make whether they have a freshwater, saltwater, reef, goldfish, cichlid or any other type of set-up. But what are the benefits of aquarium gravel and is it a necessary inclusion? Continue reading “All About Aquarium Gravel”
Have you ever dreamt of owning a wonderful dream house with a swimming pool in the garden? You probably have as few of us can resist the occasional bout of wishful thinking! But if you are planning on viewing a few country pads in the near future, you might discover that some of the luxurious properties now offer a pond instead of a pool. Continue reading “A New Kind of Swimming Pool”
It sounds like a rather unlikely concept doesn’t it? But a Belgian hotel has started to offer a goldfish rental service for lonely guests! Taking things a step further than video footage of an aquarium, the hotel is offering guests the chance to keep a goldfish in their rooms for the princely sum of for €3.50 a night! Continue reading “Would You Rent a Goldfish?”
How to Feed Your Koi
As with any species, it is essential to provide the correct diet for your koi. High quality food is a must and you should take care to neither over or under feed your fish. The temperature of the water will affect how much and how often your koi wish to eat. This is an important consideration which should never be overlooked. Continue reading “What do Koi Eat?”
TL;DR Koi could eat small goldfish but it’s not all bad news as they most likely won’t, also there’s plenty of other species that will also happily share a pond.
Which Species Can Share a Pond with Koi?
Koi carp thrive in ponds that have a large capacity, a generous amount of cover and efficient filtration. They need excellent water quality and a deep pond. But they are resilient to cold temperatures and can withstand harsh winters providing you feature an airstone or floating heater to ensure that there is an exchange of gasses. Continue reading “Do Koi Eat Gold Fish?”
Under the right conditions, the average Koi will be between 6 and 8 inches by the end of its first year, and by the time it is 3 years old it will have reached its full adult size.
An average Koi is able to grow to between 24 and 36 inches in length, although some ‘jumbo’ varieties of Koi are capable of reaching up to 52 inches. Continue reading “How Fast Do Koi Grow?”
Junette Robinson lives near the River Stour in Christchurch Dorset. She has kept a large pond for 30 years and this featured her treasured collection of koi. One morning she went outside to feed her fish and was horrified to discover Continue reading “Much Loved Koi Killed By Otters”