When someone asks how to
pick a koi for their pond, the first question on my mind is what
kind of pond do they have? My first pond was a preformed pond,
4’ x 6’ and I put a koi in there. That is not a place for koi.
By the end of that season, I had a second pond, another
preformed pond, 6’ x 8’, and had five koi. So, knowing now what
I do about koi, a preformed pond is not suitable for koi. It is
a wonderful place for water plants and some goldfish, shubunkin,
or sarassa comets. We all have to start somewhere… I was
faced with either giving up my five koi or digging a big pond
the very next season. It doesn’t take long for koi to grow.
I say this because when I
put koi into that preformed pond, my life was not so nice
either. I spent sleepless nights watching that they wouldn’t
jump out or be eaten by the raccoons. In that small pond, they
literally had nowhere to go. Koi need a minimum of 3-4’ depth
in a pond. And, if you buy them as babies, they will fill up
the “space” rather quickly.
When buying koi, look for
the shape of the fish rather than the coloration. The colors
will change—constantly. But if the fish has the required two
eyes, fins in proper proportion, and looks like he/she is
swimming effortlessly, it will be a good fish later on. The
single-colored fish (Ogon) will keep its color and look nice
when it grows. But the fish to buy is not the fish the
store-owner likes. It’s the fish that strikes your fancy.
It’s your fish, you will either love it or hate it, so you might
as well pick one that you like. If it is still alive a year
from now, you’re hooked!
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