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Title: Outdoor Pond Essentials: Koi Care and Feeding Tips


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Outdoor Pond Essentials Koi Care and Feeding
Tips
2
Koi Fish
  • An outdoor pond wouldnt be complete without fish
    swimming in the water.
  • Some pond owners treat their fish as a pet and
    would even name them. This is understandable as
    koi fish, like any other pets, are very
    personable.
  • They bring great joy as they add to the relaxing
    atmosphere in your backyard.
  • Koi are suited for outdoor life, can be trained
    to recognize your voice, and eventually be fed
    from your hands.

3
  • If youre considering to have koi fish in your
    pond as well, here are few care and feeding tips
    you can use to keep them and your pond healthy.

4
Make Sure Your Pond Is Ready
  • Koi fish need room so they can freely swim around
    and grow. While its tempting to take home all
    attractive kinds youd find, this will only put
    to risk your koi and your ponds water quality as
    well.
  • At least 1000 gallons of water is needed to raise
    one koi. Koi fish can grow to two and half feet
    or more and therefore would need more space so
    they can swim.
  • Basing it on the pond size, you can grow one koi
    for every ten square feet of your pond, and then
    one goldfish per three to four feet of the water
    surface area.

5
Outdoor Pond
  • Refrain from adding fish right after your outdoor
    pond is built.
  • Let your pond prepare for at least 30 days before
    welcoming another life to support.
  • Once your pond is ready and you have already
    determined the number of fish you can care for,
    then you can start getting your koi.

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Be Extra Careful When Purchasing
  • Make sure that the koi youre purchasing is in
    good condition.
  • Pay attention to the tank where the fish is kept.
    If you see dead fish along with live fish, move
    on to the next dealer. Every fish in the tank
    should be healthy otherwise take none at all.
  • You can tell that a fish is healthy if theyre
    active, their fins are outstretched, and their
    body color is bright.
  • Koi fish can be very expensive once theyve
    turned to adults already. You can therefore save
    by picking baby koi fish and growing them
    yourself. Koi fish come in various colors and
    more often than not, the more desirable colors
    tend to be more expensive.

7
Let Your Koi Adapt To Your Pond
  • Try to shorten travel time and avoid exposing the
    fish in the bag in direct sunlight.
  • Practice caution when transferring your fish to
    the pond. Let the bag sit on the pond first for
    at least 30 minutes so it can adapt to the change
    in temperature.
  • Afterward, open the bag to mix in water from pond
    and then slowly let the fish out.

8
Feed Your Koi Sparingly
  • In a naturally-balanced pond, koi fish are able
    to feed themselves. You can even take vacations
    with peace of mind that your koi will not go
    hungry.
  • You can offer your koi food when theyre extra
    active. You can as well use food as a reward.
    However, during the cold winter months, your fish
    will hibernate. If your pond is deep enough, you
    need not take them inside your home because
    theyd be safe staying at the bottom of your
    pond.
  • You also need not feed them at this time as they
    would be unable to digest their food. Forcing
    them food can kill them and excessive food waste
    will only harm water quality.
  • In normal days, avoid feeding your fish more than
    they can consume. Its only natural for koi to
    appear as though they need and could use more
    food. Dont fall to the trap.

9
Check These Out!
  • Check out this article about outdoor pond
    essentials, koi care and feeding tips.
  • Brought to you by CaliforniaWaterscapes.com, a
    family-owned water feature installation company
    located in La Crescenta, California.
  • For more info and useful tips on installing water
    gardens, click here  http//www.californiawatersca
    pes.com
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