A new kind of car pool

A little research will reveal all the advice you need to create a koi pond for your home. As we have explained on this blog, size matters and it is important to ensure that you can maintain good water quality.

Most people choose to build their koi pond using bricks or cement but one enthusiast has taken the unusual step of using a car!

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Japanese koi accidentally dumped on campus lawn

Japanese koi are associated with good luck and prosperity. But there wasn’t a great deal of good fortune about when a consignment of koi was delivered to a Chinese University recently.

Linyi University in Shandong province had been offered a donation of 13,000 live fish by a fishery firm. The consignment of fish was duly sent to the university and included some 3,000 koi. Unfortunately, disaster struck when the delivery was made. Continue reading “Japanese koi accidentally dumped on campus lawn”

Feeding koi by hand

Interacting with the koi in your pond on a more personal level is not only a source of great fun, but it can also be a very rewarding experience. Koi (like humans!) are known to have changes in mood and this is all related to how comfortable and safe they feel in their environment. One way to ensure that they remain happy is by Continue reading “Feeding koi by hand”

Caring for Koi in the Summer months

As we move into the Spring and with the Summer months really just round the corner, we can all look forward to those bright and warm days which are especially lovely for Koi pond owners. The nicer weather and higher temperatures mean that it is the perfect time to be outside enjoying the beauty of your garden, your pond and the glistening colours of your fish as they dart through the water.

However, this change in weather also comes with a few potential problems which, if you are not aware of in advance, could cause some problems for your Koi. Continue reading “Caring for Koi in the Summer months”

Is Koi Keeping an Expensive Hobby?

If you are attracted to the idea of keeping koi, you must consider the financial implications of your potential new hobby. Koi can live for 30 years and more! The costs will depend on the scale of the pond that you create, the construction method and whether or not you build it yourself. But a koi
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Caring for Koi in Spring

With the bizarre weather which increasingly seems to afflict the UK, it can be hard to know when spring has sprung! Just when you think that the winter is behind you, another wave of snow blankets the landscape in white and temperatures plunge. But eventually spring will arrive and your koi will begin feeding again.

The Stresses of Spring

With water temperatures going up and down like the proverbial yoyo, your koi may be feeling a little stressed! When water temperatures reach 40°F – 50°F your fish’s immune system Continue reading “Caring for Koi in Spring”

How to acclimatise koi to a new environment

It is crucial to acclimatise a koi to the water if you are returning or introducing it to your pond. You may have purchased a new fish, removed a fish temporarily for treatment, taken a fish to a show or built a new pond. In all cases, your koi should be acclimatised to the water. Continue reading “How to acclimatise koi to a new environment”

Japanese Koi Competitions

Koi are big business in Japan and 90 percent of the fish produced are exported. Hand-reared for their aesthetic qualities, koi have become a symbol of the country and a single prize specimen can sell for thousands of pounds. The fish recently hit the headlines worldwide when Donald Trump was snapped dumping a box of food into a Tokyo pond. Continue reading “Japanese Koi Competitions”