Koi and other pond fish make great outdoor pets … even learning to eat right out of your hand, if you’re patient! When you have a water garden of your very own, you’ll grow to love your fish as much as you love your cat or dog!
An Eskimo Kiss is shared over a trickle of koi food koi pellets. Fido might look like he’s snarling, but he actually adores the koi fish and watches over them every chance he gets. Learn more about feeding koi.
Butterfly koi seem to lack some of the body size of regular koi, but the overall fish can run as long as 36 to 40 inches in the right pond with plenty of food. They are graceful and pleasant to watch swim.
This festive koi shows off his feathery fins, dancing about in the cool waters, swishing his tail first one way, and then the other.
This ethereal, white koi fish is truly stunning against the cool, dark, watery backdrop.
Sometimes hard to spot in the water, Mr. Dark and Mysterious koi reveals intricate designs in his shimmering scales.
You simply can’t ignore this koi fish face! He may look like a Grumpus-Ala-Bumpus, but this Japanese koi is actually quite pleased with his pond
And this golden koi fish gal proudly flaunts the latest shade of lipstick.
A window frames the perfect view of our finned koi friends. This is a perfect indoor spot for a morning cup of coffee, delighting in the views of the backyard oasis.
The Joy Of Baby Koi
When koi and goldfish spawn, they produce thousands of eggs but very few actually survive and grow up into baby fish. Koi are egg “scatterers,” meaning they generally deposit their eggs on the bottom of the pond or in plants.
After a couple months the babies are about an inch long and may start eating commercial food. In order to “bulk” them up, look for a food that has high protein content. Depending on the pellet size, it may be necessary to crush them in order for the babies to eat the food.
By the end of summer you’ll have to decide whether to bring the babies inside or let them over-winter in the pond. If you decide to let them over-winter outside, they may or may not survive because they don’t have enough fat reserve to tide them over.
If you decide to bring them in, make sure you have a large enough tank with adequate filtration because they will continue to grow inside.
Another thing to remember is that if your pond babies continue to survive year after year, sooner or later they are going to get big and could overcrowd your pond. If you plan on keeping some of the babies, understand that eventually you may have to get rid of (cull) some of them.
Watching the baby fish grow up is fun and the whole process is a great learning experience for kids and adults, alike.
How many koi fish do you have in your water garden, and have you named them?
Some helpful Links
How Many Koi Fish Can You Put In A Pond?
Do My Koi Fish & Goldfish Need Hiding Places In My Pond/Water Garden?
How Much & How Often Should I Feed My Koi Ponds Fish?