Thinking about keeping Koi but don't know where to start? We got Danny Gallimore from the Koi Market Ltd to answer is few basic questions to get you started on your journey.
How much space do I need to build a pond?
You can have a pond in quite small spaces as people with smaller gardens can dig down and also raise the pond out of the ground. We offer pond design so you can always have a pond no matter how big the surroundings.
Graham from The Koi Market ltd
How much should I roughly budget for my first pond and Koi?
This is a tricky question as the bigger you go the more expensive it becomes. You can start out with a small pond, I would say around £1000 should cover this to set up. As you get bigger the price really does go up with bigger filtration needed to keep the pond in a healthy condition.
How many Koi Should I keep? Can I mix them with other fish
It's really about your filtration on how many koi you can keep, as the more you have the more waste they produce and you can overload the filters, which can cause big problems. people want lots of fish in there ponds but it can cause more harm than good sometimes. So my advice would be start off with a small amount say 5-10 and see how you get on then over time you can increase or decrease as you see fit. Again the bigger the pond, more filtration, more fish you can keep.
What kind of filtration system can I use?
Filtration everyone is divided with what's best but as I say to a lot of my customers what's good and working for them why change to something else when it can ruin the eco system of the pond. We have beads, sieves and Bakki showers which really do keep our water clear and all of the parameters are spot on.
How much food should I give the Koi?
In the summer months as long as your filters can cope you can feed quite a lot, you should only really give them what they can eat in a two minute period. anything left floating around just falls to the bottom so is quite wasteful. In winter months the koi slow right down and cannot digest as well so only feed a small amount and do not feed them when the water temp is less that 10 degrees, you can generally gauge when they are not hungry.
What steps should I take before adding Koi to my pond? eg. quarantine/water temperature etc
When buying a fish it is really important to try and quarantine your fish if possible. You could have a perfect pond and the addition of one fish with something on them can cause a lot of problems. A lot of people now have a little quarantine tank set up to do their own treatments before adding them to the main pond to lower the risk of problems. We have a big quarantine tank running at 26 degrees with 0.05% salt so if there is a problem it normally comes out over a week period and the problems can be dealt with.
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