- Category: Koi Knowledge
- Published: Saturday, 08 February 2014 14:24
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Choosing your first Koi
Are you familiar with the different Koi varieties? As you can see, there are quite many of them but you could start by reading about the most popular ones – Kohaku, Showa, Sanke, Shiro Utsui, Asagi and so on. This would give you an idea what to expect from each variety in terms of colors, pattern, size and more.
Once you select a variety (or varieties), you need to make another decision – where to buy your new Koi from. You can visit a nearby farm and take a look at the fish and the conditions there. Make sure the premises and ponds/aquariums are kept clean, there aren’t bad smells (while a faint “fishy” smell is normal, smells reminding of decay or Ammonia are certainly not) and fish are not overcrowded.
Young, small Koi (around 10-12 cm in length) are perfect for a beginner, as they are less expensive, and the owner has the opportunity to watch them grow into living works of art. Before you make your final decision though, observe the fish for a while – check for unusual behavior or signs of possible illness– flashing, jumping, fin twitching, gasping, red ulcers, white fuzz, specks or lumps, etc. If everything is in order, you can carefully transport the fish to their new home (don’t forget to place them in a separate quarantine tank for 21 days before introducing them to their permanent pond or aquarium).