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.
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. They usually thrive in temperatures from 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Large Japanese koi are often found in mud ponds, but experts advise against drilling a hole outside and filling it to make a simple pond, as the water cannot remain clear due to soil and planktonic algae.
It’s not enough to have filler systems, so mud ponds should come with a drainage system to take out the impurities. To maintain the pond, the pond should be regularly and completely drained and cleaned. Butterfly koi need lots of room where they can freely swim and spread their fins. Ponds have to be clean and filtered, and liners help them stay this way.
In-ground ponds can have liners that keep the soil away from the water. Liners may be flexible or rigid, depending on the ground’s shape or evenness. Liners are usually made polyurethane-wrapped prefab fiberglass or steel meshed concrete.
Butterfly koi also thrive in level above-ground ponds. Usually made of concrete, fiberglass, wood or plastic, prefabricated ornament ponds may be placed on backyard decks or cement surfaces.
Plastic or wood may be used to make smaller kits. Wherever you choose to put your pond, ensure that the surface can support the container with water (one gallon weighs 8 pounds).
Maintaining a Pond
Excessive aquatic vegetation and other fish can mean stress for butterfly koi, so your ponds should always be clean and 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 must also be cleaned bimonthly, and water temperature should be monitored so that consistency can be maintained through the entire process. To keep water aerated and circulating, it helps to add a waterfall or fountain. 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. To keep water circulating, the pump also needs to be kept clean. Lastly, as plants suck draw oxygen, vegetation must be reduced to rejuvenate the water.