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The average lifespan of a Koi fish is about 25-35 years depending on diet, water quality and genetics, however, it is possible for koi to live even longer.
Yes. They can eat a wide variety of foods like fruits and vegetables. They can also eat whole wheat and even oatmeal. This extra source of food can provide your Koi with different fibers, vitamins and trace elements.
Green pond water is a planktonic condition which can arise when there is a nutrient imbalance due to decomposing organic matter such as grass, dead algae, leaves and fish waste. These will breakdown into nutrients that the algae will then feed on.
One way to prevent herons from attacking fish in a Koi pond is to run fishing lines above the pond with about a three foot distance between them. There are a few things that can be installed to keep raccoons away however the “Fido Shock” electric fence works the best at permanently keeping them away!
We recommend using some large river rocks along the bottom edges of your Koi pond to create spaces where the eggs can rest safely in the crevasses. We also would recommend the use of water plants for egg protection as well.
Male Koi fish have a slender body with a more pointed nose while a Female Koi has a rounded body with a short rounded nose. Also, Females tend to have a larger body mass.
There are two choices of quality when it comes to purchasing Koi. Domestic Koi are cheaper than imported Koi. Imported Koi have stronger colors and are specifically bred for these incredible colors as well an amazing variety of patterns on the body. Domestic Koi can be beautiful too but typically pale in comparison. The colors are not as vivid.
We recommend adding new fish in the spring and summer months when the water temperatures are warmer. We also highly recommend quarantining any new fish for about a month or so before adding to your pond! This will give you time to treat and clean the fish up as well as making sure that they are eating well.
Salt stimulates the Koi fish to produce an extra slime coat which then protects their bodies from bacteria or parasites that cause disease.
Koi fish will generally eat much less food in the fall and winter months because the water becomes much colder. When the water temperature drops below 55 degrees their digestive system actually shuts down. Koi fish then at this water temperature can no longer process the food for digestion. They will then eat less or stop eating altogether until the water temperatures rise again.