Koi Ponds

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Koi ponds make for a wonderful addition to any garden pond landscape. They are large, colorful, and very entertaining to watch. The most fun aspect of having koi is seeing them congregate whenever you approach, knowing that your presence could mean the coming of food. These fish really do seem to have personalities of their own. They are more than just decorative additions to a pond. They are more like pets. As it turns out, this is both their strength and their drawback.

Concerns of Koi Ponds

There are certain factors to be aware of when considering koi ponds. Koi are generally large fish. They need a lot of space to move around. Like goldfish, the size of the pond they live in will largely determine how big they grow. Even so, there are reasons why they need plenty of breathing room.

Koi eat a lot. If you plan on putting plants in a pond, forget about adding koi. Unless the body of water is pretty large and there are very few fish, you generally don't see many plants in koi ponds. The fish pretty much devour them immediately. Eating so much also means a great deal of waste. It's important to stay on top of cleaning a koi pond for this reason.

What it all boils down to is that koi are high maintenance fish. They are great to look at and well worth the effort for those willing to undertake the challenge. Just be careful. Look at other koi pools to see what the professionals do. This will give you a better idea of what you can do to make your koi as happy and successful as possible.


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