Koi ponds have become one of the most popular hobby ponds in the world. The reasons are very clear; Koi are a beautiful vibrant fish that can literally brighten your day when you look at them. These fish come in a variety of colors, several varieties and kinds so it is extremely likely that when you look for one you will find at least one type that will suit your likes. Koi fish have an interesting history and they will be a welcomed beautiful fish to your pond.
Â Chinese culture states that Koi ponds are said to be good luck for their owners. This type of pond is said to be used as an overall plan to fulfill their lives. Relaxation and serenity are said to be prevalent in all other parts of the world where a Koi pond exists. In the United States these ponds are said to be more for fun than anything else. Regardless the reasons for building a Koi pond, they are sure to brighten your life.
Â However, this type of fish should not be taken lightly. Koi fish, just like any other animal, require a certain amount of money and time to maintain in a healthy condition. Many people who fail at keeping Koi fish in their ponds think they are an easy keep. This is usually first time owners. Your chances of succeeding is greater if you take the time to educate yourself in regards to this special type of fish and their needed environment.
Â It is extremely important that you learn all you can before you attempt to keep Koi fish. This is before you actually start obtaining the things you will need. This learning process will mean you will not have slip ups and have to replace anything you have already purchased or completed. Seriously, planning ahead will save you money and your sanity.
Â It is very important that you learn this information for yourself rather than relying on other sources. Many folks are biased about this information since the product retailers and pond builders have limited knowledge and want to sell you their services or products. They should not be trusted as a totally reliable source of information. An extremely important point is that when you have completed your Koi pond and have put the fish in it, they will not be at hand if you experience any problems.
Â Koi fish have personalities.
Â It's kind of hard to believe that Koi fish actually have personalities similar to other animals. They are social and can even be trained to eat directly from their owners hand. You will begin to notice and understand the individual characteristics and traits of the Koi fish the more time you spend with them.
Â The Koi fish are a long-lived fish. They have been known to live for 200 years at times, but generally speaking the life span of the Koi fish is approximately 30 years. These beautiful fish can be a long-time companion if that's what you are looking for.
Â Building a home for your Koi fish
Â Before you consider buying your fish you must build a proper home for them. This is actually where the information provided by your pond builder and Koi fish retailer will come in handy. You should remember that this information is only the opinions of these folks and you should do some research on your own. Do this diligently before you purchase any materials needed for your pond. Koi fish are extremely popular so you should be able to find any information you need by visiting your local library, fisher center or online research. You will find that there are many things needed to make a sustainable habitat for your Koi.
Â Bigger is better when it comes to a Koi pond. You will find that the Koi fish have a tendency to grow rather fast. You really must consider the pond size in relation to how many fish you will want to keep in it.
Â One of the most important components of your pond is the filtration system. There are two types of filtration systems to consider. One is mechanical and the other is biological. The mechanical system takes out the solids such as dead algae, insects, and the fish waste. It is extremely to have a unit that will sustain the size of your pond and the amount of Koi in it. Don't forget that your fish will grow rapidly. A biological system causes a nitrogen cycle that will remove the dissolved waste from your pond. Without a biological filtration system set up, built up waste in the pond will turn to ammonia and kill all your fish in a matter of days.
Â In support of the technical aspects of your Koi pond, you will also have to design and create a visually appealing area also. You can install waterfalls, fountains and many other different water features that will not only add a visual show to your Koi pond, but it will create movement and sound. You could really spice up the looks with plants and flowers that are available for ponds. Remember to learn as much as you can before hand so you won't have to go back and rebuild, wasting time and money.