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Understanding the Butterfly Koi

Butterfly koi are beautiful ornamental fish that come with long, flowing fins and brightly patterned scales. They’re actually hybrids of the typical koi fish and carp, although they are often mistaken for goldfish.

Because of their length (up to 36 inches), they require big ponds.The type of outdoor pond needed by butterfly koi depends on the environment. 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 can’t do the job alone, so mud ponds need to have a drainage system that eliminates the 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 must be clean and filtered, and this is something liners will come in handy for.

In-ground ponds come with liners that make sure the soil is kept away from the water. Depending on the shape or evenness of the surface, liners can be flexible or rigid. Liners are usually made polyurethane-wrapped prefab fiberglass or steel meshed concrete.

Above-ground ponds set up on a level surface are also good homes for butterfly koi. Usually made of concrete, fiberglass, wood or plastic, prefabricated ornament ponds may be placed on backyard decks or 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).

Pond Maintenance

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 consistent pH balance of 6.8 to 7.2. A well-balanced pond helps stop the growth of algae, especially where there are aquatic plants.

The pond’s ecological balance can be restored by adding organic materials such as salts and barley straw, which can get rid of excess nitrates and phosphates in the water. The filters must also be cleaned bimonthly, and water temperature should be monitored so that consistency can be maintained through the entire process. 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 off, pond water has to be well-aerated. The pump should also be kept clean so that water can circulate. Lastly, as plants suck draw oxygen, vegetation must be reduced to rejuvenate the water.