Understanding 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.
With their length – a maximum of 36 inches – they need spacious ponds to survive.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 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.
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. A lot of space is needed by butterfly koi so they can swim and spread their fins freely. Ponds must be clean and filtered, and this is something liners will come in handy for.
In-ground ponds may have liners preventing the soil from getting into the water. The evenness or shape of the surface dictates whether liners should be rigid or flexible. 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.
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).
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 constant 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. A fountain or waterfall will help keep water aerated and circulating. Water temperature must be maintained between 65 and 75 F, though 32 to 95 degrees is okay as long as fluctuations aren’t drastic.
Caring for Butterfly Koi
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.