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The Butterfly Koi and How to Care for It

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

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 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. A lot of space is needed by butterfly koi so they can swim and spread their fins freely. Ponds should be clean and filtered, and liners help with this.

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.

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.

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. The ideal pH balance range for these kois is 6.8 to 7.2, and this must be constant. Algae growth can be prevented by maintaining this balance, especially when there are aquatic plants in the pond.

To remove excess phosphates and nitrates in the water and restore the pond’s ecological balance, organic materials such as barley straw and salts may be added. To maintain consistency through the process, the filters should be cleaned twice a month and water temperature must be monitored. 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.

Butterfly Koi Care

First off, pond water has to be well-aerated. To keep water circulating, the pump also needs to be kept clean. Finally, as plants draw oxygen, vegetation has to be minimized so as to rejuvenate the water.

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