Understanding the Butterfly Koi
Butterfly koi are lovely ornamental fish that have long, flowing fins and colorful, patterned scales. They are usually mistaken for goldfish, but they’re actually traditional koi fish and carp hybrids.
Butterfly koi grow quite long – up to 36 inches – so they need spacious ponds.The type of outdoor pond needed by butterfly koi depends on the environment. Normal temperatures they need run from 32 to 95 Degrees Fahrenheit. Big Japanese koi usually live in mud ponds, but it is not advisable to drill a hole outside and fill it with water (to make a simple pond), because the soil and planktonic algae will only end up pollute it.
Filler systems are not enough, so mud ponds have to include a drainage system to get rid of impurities. Maintaining the pond means it should be completely drained and cleaned regularly. Butterfly koi need a lot of space to swim and spread their fins. Ponds should be clean and filtered, and liners help with this.
In-ground ponds can have liners that keep the soil away from the water. The evenness or shape of the surface dictates whether liners should be rigid or flexible. Liners can be made of polyurethane-sealed steel-meshed concrete or prefab fiberglass.
Another good home for butterfly koi are above-ground ponds placed on a level surface. Generally made of plastic, wood, fiberglass or wood, you can have prefab ornament ponds on cement surfaces or backyard decks.
Smaller kits are normally made of plastic or wood. Wherever you choose to put your pond, ensure that the surface can support the container with water (one gallon weighs 8 pounds).
Excessive aquatic vegetation and other fish can mean stress for butterfly koi, so your ponds should always be clean and aerated. These kois need a constant pH balance of 6.8 to 7.2. Algae growth can be prevented by maintaining this balance, especially when there are aquatic plants in the pond.
You can restore a pond’s ecological balance by adding organic materials such as barley straw and salts, which remove excess phosphates and nitrates in the water. To maintain consistency through the process, the filters should be cleaned twice a month and water temperature must be monitored. Installing a waterfall or fountain is a good way to keep water circulating and aerated. Water temperature should be maintained at 65 to 75 F, although fish can survive between 32 and 95 degrees as long as the temperatures don’t change drastically.
Caring for Butterfly Koi
First of all, pond water should be well-aerated. The pump should also be kept clean so that water can circulate. Finally, because plants draw oxygen, it is good to reduce the vegetation so that the water is rejuvenated.