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Koi For Beginners

 Setting up a pond (or an aquarium)

Koi can be kept in a fiberglass or acrylic aquarium, provided it’s large enough. Keep in mind that overcrowding is too stressful and harmful for Koi’s immune system and general health. Additionally, it reduces the biological filters’ efficiency, which can make the living conditions of your Koi even worse. Make sure you provide each individual with enough personal space – each Koi requires at least 50 inches per 1000 gallons of water. This applies for a Koi pond as well. The aquarium is a good option for Koi up to 6 inches long (2 years old) – after that, they would need more room to swim and grow. Place the aquarium out of direct sunlight, in a quiet area. Provide it with a few inches of substrate (a mixture of gravel and rocks would be enjoyable for your new Koi). To ensure ideal water quality, install a high-quality filter and a water heater.

If you want a Koi pond in your park or garden, consider all key aspects before the construction takes place. The pond should be safe for its inhabitants, and easy for you to maintain. One of the most common mistakes, made by beginners, is building a pond, which quickly becomes too small and shallow to accommodate their grown Koi, or any new fish they like to add later. According to experts, a good pond should be no less than 4 foot deep, 7 foot wide and 8 foot long, containing approximately 1500 gallons of water. The right proportions would allow your Koi to reach their full potential both in growth and longevity. By designing the pond deep enough, you protect your swimming jewels from potential predators, as well as from the scorching sun. If it’s possible, choose a shaded or half-shaded location. The pond could be under a tree (not pines and other conifers with needle-like leaves though, as they might block the filters).

Make sure that there aren’t corners or sharp objects that could injure the fish. And finally – aeration and circulation are vitally important for Koi, so don’t forget to include a waterfall, airstone or some other form of aeration to the design. Don’t introduce new Koi to the pond straight away – it needs approximately 30 days to establish a stable eco-system.

After you bring your new Koi home, the adventure truly begins. Taking care of them is fairly easy, and so is providing the right conditions:

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