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 to swim and spread their fins. Ponds have to be clean and filtered, and liners help them stay this way.
In-ground ponds come with liners that make sure the soil is kept away from the water. Liners may be flexible or rigid, depending on the ground’s shape or evenness. 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. Prefab ornament ponds, often made of plastic, wood, concrete or fiberglass, can be placed on backyard decks and cement surfaces.
Smaller kits may come in plastic or wood. Wherever you put your pond, make sure the surface can support the container with water (8 pounds per gallon).
Maintaining a Pond
Too much aquatic vegetation or other fish can be stressful for butterfly koi, so make sure your ponds are always clean and well-aerated. The ideal pH balance range for these kois is 6.8 to 7.2, and this must be constant. A well-balanced pond prevents algae growth, especially when there are aquatic plants.
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. The filters should also be cleaned twice a month and water temperature must be monitored to ensure that the consistency remains the same throughout the process. A fountain or waterfall will help keep water aerated and circulating. 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 if the water is to circulate. Lastly, as plants suck draw oxygen, vegetation must be reduced to rejuvenate the water.