Feeding your Koi as Water Temperatures Change

Everyone knows that water temperature plays a big role in how active koi are but a koi’s metabolism and ability to digest certain types of foods are also affected. Its critical that as temperatures drop with approaching winter or as temperatures increase with the onset of summer that you feed your koi the right amounts and at the right time. To illustrate some of the more important points of koi feeding schedules and how the are tied to water temperature I’ve created this infographic:

Koi Feeding Temperatures

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In addition, later this month I will be following up this infographic with a helpful chart on koi length, age and size so help you better understand how your fish grow.

Quarantine Your Koi: Why and How

Anyone that has cared for or owned koi for any significant period of time has had to isolate their fish for one reason or another. Sometimes its necessary to remove your fish in order to clean their pond or perhaps there are signs of disease that you want to prevent the further spread of -whateverContinue Reading

Why Algae Occurs and How to Get Rid Of It

It is the case that every spring, as temperatures rise and daylight hours increase, an algal bloom occurs in almost everyone’s koi pond.  Dreaded algal blooms, like green water that make koi disappear from view or unsightly string algae that seems to pop up from nowhere, seem to be an inescapable fact of pond life. Continue Reading

Understanding the Biological Cycle of Your Koi Pond

The biological cycle is really better defined as the “nitrogen cycle” because primarily what pond keepers are concerned with is nitrogenous waste.  When it comes to elements, nitrogen is pretty common. In fact, it makes up almost 80% of our atmosphere so it’s not surprising that it should be found in many plants and animals,Continue Reading

I’ve got koi fry –now what!? A step wise approach to raising baby koi

If you just noticed that your pond now has a million little koi fry swimming around then skip down to the feeding section but if you haven’t bred koi yet and need an introduction then read on. Spawning typically occurs in the early summer months and is very water temperature dependent – 68 degrees FContinue Reading

What are the ideal water conditions for healthy koi?

There will certainly be a lot of differing opinions on the best water conditions for koi but one thing remains constant: poor water quality leads to a host of other health problems that are certainly avoidable with proper care.  Because stress originates from poor water quality, follow these guidelines for healthy water and healthy koi.Continue Reading

The Major Koi Varieties and Their Traits

Presented here are what many consider the 13 major varieties of koi or “Nishikigoi”.  There are certainly some koi practitioners that may consider there to be up to 16 varieties (and even up to 22 if one counts newer strains of koi).  This summary includes some history of the variety (where applicable) as well asContinue Reading

Aquatic Plants for Your Koi Pond: Why They’re Important and How to Choose the Right Ones

Adding plant life to a koi pond helps improve pond life for koi, as well as adding beauty to the pond itself. Koi owners need to make sure they select the right aquatic plants that will harmoniously co-exist with their koi. They also need to ensure that their plant placement is done properly as wellContinue Reading

Top 5 Most Common Koi Pond Problems and Their Solutions

Having a Koi pond can not only increase the visual appeal of a property, but it can also aid in developing a passion for an environment that you are able to maintain for yourself.  Koi ponds can certainly encounter a number of issues throughout time, especially considering the amount of time and effort that oneContinue Reading

Selecting Food for Your Koi

Koi are omnivores, which means that they consume both plant and animal matter. In fact, they often prefer eating aquatic larvae and insects. Koi fish make incredibly beautiful pets—though they’re also incredibly voracious fish. These elegantly decorated fish actually devour nearly anything that finds its way into their water. Since koi fish eat practically anything,Continue Reading

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