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The Many Kinds of Koi Fish Behavior

Knowing your koi fish and how they interact with the world around them is essential to koi keeping. Recognizing patterns of behavior through the different times of the year will provide you insight with your pond. It can also keep your fish healthier and happier and will allow you to more quickly diagnose any problem that comes up. Here’s a guide to the many varieties of koi fish behavior!

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The Many Kinds of Koi Fish Behavior
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Koi Fish Eggs and The First Days of Life

Koi fish eggs are the start of new life in your pond. If you come across some newly-hatched eggs nestled on the tip of a pond plant in your backyard, expect to find a population boom within the next few days! Typically, koi eggs will hatch in less than a week. Koi eggs are very small, bead-like specks that can vary from milky white to yellow or green. Upon closer inspection, you can see two black dots through the transparent membrane of the egg. These are the developing eyes of the koi. As you’ll soon find, the this time of hatching is sure to be exciting for both you and the pond!

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Koi Fish Eggs and The First Days of Life
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The Benefits of a Koi Water Garden

Feeling a little landlocked in your gardening? Don’t stop the landscaping in your backyard – bring it to the pond! Koi water gardens are a fantastic way to test your green thumb and branch out. Not only are they a beautiful addition to any koi pond, but a water garden is beneficial too! The flowers and greenery will be a welcome addition in your koi’s home.

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The Benefits of a Koi Water Garden
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Koi Pond Waterfalls

Koi ponds bring a sense of ease and tranquility to any backyard they grace. Like any body of water, koi ponds can provide a restorative sanctuary to visit and reflect. Having a getaway as small as a koi pond can provide a multitude of health benefits and ease a stressed mind. For the ultimate backyard experience, consider adding a koi pond waterfall. This addition can be simple or elaborate – either way, the benefits for both your pond and yourself are the same.

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Koi Pond Waterfalls
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Koi Fish Meaning and Myth

Koi are a legendary fish. Graceful, vibrant, and one of the most recognizable fish in the world, koi are well-loved and respected. Often associated with Japan, koi actually originated from Central Asia in China. They were introduced to Japan by Chinese invaders. The koi got their name around 500 B.C, but the fish itself has been around for much longer. Fossils of ancient koi date back 20 million years. Natural genetic mutation brought about the brilliant colors in koi known today, and in the early 1800s Japanese farmers began keeping them for aesthetics. Over the years, koi fish meaning and symbolism has become iconic around the world.

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Koi Fish Meaning and Myth
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Koi Pond Maintenance Through the Seasons

While koi fish may be known for their grace and beauty, few know that they are also one of the dirtiest and high-maintenance fish to own. Because they like to root up the pond’s bottom surface, and because they produce a lot of waste, koi pond water can easily become mucky and dingy. However, it’s extremely important for you to keep up with your koi’s environment. Keeping on top of maintenance ensures a proactive approach to any problems in the pond, and if problems do arise, you’ll catch them before they become even worse. Koi pond maintenance, while changing from season to season, is essential for the health and wellbeing of your entire koi population.

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Koi Pond Maintenance Through the Seasons
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The Essential Koi Quarantine Tank

Adding a new koi to your pond is an exciting experience for any koi keeper, beginner or seasoned. However, when bringing a new koi home to the pond, many koi keepers make one fatal mistake – failure to quarantine. By skipping this essential step, an owner risks the health and wellbeing of the entire pond population. Read ahead to see why a koi quarantine tank is an essential in your koi keeping!

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The Essential Koi Quarantine Tank
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Swimming Pool or Koi Pool?

Do you or someone you know have an unused or underutilized backyard swimming pool? If you’re no longer getting the most out of your pool, consider an update! Makeover that neglected pool into something that will add serenity and beauty in your backyard. Converting a swimming pool into a koi pond creates a welcoming addition to any space. And the conversion is much easier than starting a pond from scratch. So ask yourself – swimming pool or koi pool?

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Swimming Pool or Koi Pool?
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The Tantalizing Tancho Koi

The Tancho is one of the most popular koi varieties in the world. A vision of simplicity, this sleek white koi is known for its trademark red pigmentation on the head. Striking and subtle, the Tancho is a vision of the Japanese flag – a white backdrop with a red centered sun. Tancho koi are also named after the Japanese Crane, or Red Crowned Crane, because of their shared red-spotted head.

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The Tantalizing Tancho Koi
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All About Asagi Koi

The Asagi is one of the oldest breeds of the beautiful koi. Stoic and subdued, and sometimes even considered an acquired taste, you’re sure to see this common blue-scaled koi around in a pond near you!

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All About Asagi Koi
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The Case of Koi Pond Algae

If your otherwise-pristine koi pond suddenly develops the appearance of a green shag carpeting, you are witnessing the affects of an algal bloom. While common in koi ponds, this natural occurrence is highly unsightly and can even be harmful with excessive growth. Koi pond algae is normal but needs to be kept in check. Here’s a guide to keeping your waters crystal clear!

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The Case of Koi Pond Algae
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Across the Spectrum: Koi Fish Colors

One of the world’s most sought-after and highly recognizable fish is the koi. Because of their huge array of bright and vibrant colors, these fish make any pond come alive. Their colors and patterns, while beautiful, can also signify their variety. According to the Zen Nippon Airinkai, an international koi-keeping foundation, there are currently 15 recognized varieties of koi.

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Across the Spectrum: Koi Fish Colors
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Considerations of Koi Pond Cleaning

Koi keeping is both a passion and an investment. Because you care so much for your koi and keeping them healthy, maintaining their aquatic environment is a necessity. And because koi produce so much waste, keeping their pond hygienic and in good quality is all the more important. Keeping up with your pond not only benefits your koi, but it saves you money too. Here’s a guide to koi pond cleaning.

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Considerations of Koi Pond Cleaning
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Growing Koi to Their Full Potential

One of the joys of koi ownership is watching your fish friends grow up before your eyes. Especially if you’ve been there since their hatching, the transformation tiny koi eggs undergo to become full-grown fish is amazing to watch over the years. By providing a healthy and comfortable environment, maintaining proper nutrition, and a little luck, growing koi to their full potential will be a breeze.

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Growing Koi to Their Full Potential
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All About Koi: Fish Facts

Hey there koi fish fans, enthusiasts, and keepers! Whether you’re a seasoned breeder or just beginning, there’s always something more to learn about this beautiful fish. Here are some fun koi fish facts. Enjoy!

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All About Koi: Fish Facts
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Just How Much Are Koi Fish?

Koi fish are known to grace the interiors of fancy restaurants, elaborate businesses, and beautifully landscaped backyards. The aesthetically pleasing fish are usually paired with equally attractive surroundings. As koi ownership and interest picks up, more and more people are wondering whether they can afford to raise them, to purchase equipment, and to afford upkeep. So, we’re doing the math to figure out – just how much are koi fish?

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Just How Much Are Koi Fish?
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Koi Pond Water Content

As a koi owner, keeping your fish friends safe is one of your top priorities. Because a koi’s sustainability relies on their aquatic environment and is entirely influenced by the water quality, maintaining the water correctly is one of the best ways to care for your koi. With proper upkeep of the pond and water, you will provide your koi with a safe environment to grow and live. 

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Koi Pond Water Content
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All About Butterfly Koi

Butterfly koi fish are a beautiful and graceful variety of koi that have grown in popularity in recent years. Contrary to popular belief, the hybrid fish is not a cross between the closely related koi and goldfish. The butterfly koi’s origin is unknown but rumored to be Indonesia. Many believe it is a descendent of koi and Asian carp. In koi breeding, a very traditional sport, butterfly koi have yet to be highly recognized at shows. For some koi connoisseurs, butterfly koi are not considered in the same league as traditional koi. Others love butterfly koi for their long, flowing fins that look similar to a butterfly’s wings.

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All About Butterfly Koi
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Koi Fish Illness: Performing A Check-Up

A few weeks ago we wrote about diagnosing specific diseases found in your backyard koi pond in our post, Koi Fish Diseases Exposed. We only scratched the surface but we’re back to help you detect any koi fish illness you may come across! The following is a checklist of what to watch for and what to inspect when you suspect a koi fish illness is invading your pond.

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Koi Fish Illness: Performing A Check-Up
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The Basics of Koi Fish Breeding: Part II

Koi fish breeding can boost your pond’s population and extend the lifeline of your koi. Breeding takes many steps and can be costly, but if you’d like to grow more koi for your pond, or maybe even sell them, koi breeding may be for you. Once they reach a foot long they can be worth about $100 each. With your koi producing so many eggs, the amount of money you wish to make just depends on how much space you have to raise the koi.

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The Basics of Koi Fish Breeding: Part II
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The Basics of Koi Breeding: Part I

Thinking about adding to your koi population? Then consider koi fish breeding. The pastime can vary from a hobby to a full-out profession. If you have the time, space, and budget to expand your koi collection, koi breeding may be for you! Koi breeding is an easy way to expand your pond’s population and can earn you quite a bit of money. Sometimes in larger sized ponds koi fish will reproduce on their own. In most cases, if you’d like to add to your koi populations, steps need to be taken to formally breed.

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The Basics of Koi Breeding: Part I
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Koi Fish Diseases Exposed

Sometimes, even when we work hard to keep our koi fish happy and healthy, sickness can strike. Whether it be a stray parasite, a drastic drop in temperature, a mysterious virus, or some questionable pond water, we’re here to expose some of the most common koi fish diseases.

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Koi Fish Diseases Exposed
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The Ins and Outs of Indoor Koi Ponds

Wanting a koi pond but not sure where to place it? Many koi owners are choosing to place their ponds indoors. These smaller ponds can be more affordable and be a smart option for cold-climate areas. Indoor koi ponds can be a beautiful addition to any home or business if done right.

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The Ins and Outs of Indoor Koi Ponds
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Choosing Koi Pond Plants

You’ve installed the pond, acclimated your koi, and everything’s set. But an empty koi pond can leave your serene setting a little barren. Luckily, pond plants are an easy way to add some greenery to your backyard pond! But creating a pond environment where koi fish and pond plants coexist can be tricky. Koi will gnaw on plant roots found in the pond, sometimes destroying the plant. Read ahead for some strategies and ideas on koi pond plants!

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Choosing Koi Pond Plants