Understanding and Caring for the Butterfly Koi
Butterfly koi are beautiful ornamental fish that come with long, flowing fins and brightly patterned scales. They are usually mistaken for goldfish, but they’re actually traditional koi fish and carp hybrids.
Because of their length (up to 36 inches), they require big ponds.The environment dictates the type of outdoor pond required by butterfly koi. Normal temperatures they need run from 32 to 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. Maintaining the pond requires complete draining and cleaning on a regular basis. A lot of space is needed by butterfly koi so they can swim and spread their fins freely. 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.
Above-ground ponds set up on a level surface are also good homes for butterfly koi. Generally made of plastic, wood, fiberglass or wood, you can have prefab ornament ponds on cement surfaces or backyard decks.
Smaller kits may come in 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).
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. These kois need a consistent pH balance of 6.8 to 7.2. A well-balanced pond prevents algae growth, especially when 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. To keep water aerated and circulating, it helps to add a waterfall or fountain. Water temperature must be maintained between 65 and 75 F, though 32 to 95 degrees is okay as long as fluctuations aren’t drastic.
Butterfly Koi Care
First and foremost, pond water needs to 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.