Understanding and Caring for the Butterfly Koi
Butterfly koi are beautiful ornamental fish that come with long, flowing fins and brightly patterned scales. They look like goldfish, but they’re actually hybrids of the traditional koi fish and carp.
With their length – a maximum of 36 inches – they need spacious ponds to survive.The environment affects what type of outdoor pond butterfly koi can survive in. They normally thrive in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Large Japanese koi typically live in mud ponds, but digging a hole outside and filling it with water to create a simple pond is not advised because of the soil and planktonic algae.
Filler systems are not enough, so mud ponds have to include a drainage system to get rid of impurities. To maintain the pond, the pond should be regularly and completely drained and cleaned. Butterfly koi need a lot of space … Read the rest