A New Kind of Swimming Pool

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”

Would You Rent a Goldfish?

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?”

What do Koi Eat?

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?”

Do Koi Eat Gold Fish?

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?”

How Fast Do Koi Grow?

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.

Koi Growth

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?”

Much Loved Koi Killed By Otters

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”

How Long Do Koi Live?

Most pond keepers can expect their fish to survive for between 20 and thirty years.

The oldest known carp was a wonderful specimen called Hanako in Japan who lived to the incredible age of 226! Hanako died in 1977 and it was possible to accurately assess her age by analysing the rings on her scales. She was a beautiful scarlet koi which measured 70-cm in length. Continue reading “How Long Do Koi Live?”

Garden Ponds Could Aid Spread of Disease in Frogs

A recent study has suggested that garden ponds could play a significant role in the spread of ranaviruses, diseases which infects amphibians, reptiles and fish. These diseases have devastated frog populations in the UK in recent years. Continue reading “Garden Ponds Could Aid Spread of Disease in Frogs”