Feeding koi by hand

Interacting with the koi in your pond on a more personal level is not only a source of great fun, but it can also be a very rewarding experience. Koi (like humans!) are known to have changes in mood and this is all related to how comfortable and safe they feel in their environment. One way to ensure that they remain happy is by Continue reading “Feeding koi by hand”

How to acclimatise koi to a new environment

It is crucial to acclimatise a koi to the water if you are returning or introducing it to your pond. You may have purchased a new fish, removed a fish temporarily for treatment, taken a fish to a show or built a new pond. In all cases, your koi should be acclimatised to the water. Continue reading “How to acclimatise koi to a new environment”

What do Koi Eat?

How to Feed Your Koi

As with any species, it is essential to provide the correct diet for your koi. High quality food is a must and you should take care to neither over or under feed your fish. The temperature of the water will affect how much and how often your koi wish to eat. This is an important consideration which should never be overlooked. Continue reading “What do Koi Eat?”

How Fast Do Koi Grow?

Under the right conditions, the average Koi will be between 6 and 8 inches by the end of its first year, and by the time it is 3 years old it will have reached its full adult size.

Koi Growth

An average Koi is able to grow to between 24 and 36 inches in length, although some ‘jumbo’ varieties of Koi are capable of reaching up to 52 inches. Continue reading “How Fast Do Koi Grow?”

How Long Do Koi Live?

Most pond keepers can expect their fish to survive for between 20 and thirty years.

The oldest known carp was a wonderful specimen called Hanako in Japan who lived to the incredible age of 226! Hanako died in 1977 and it was possible to accurately assess her age by analysing the rings on her scales. She was a beautiful scarlet koi which measured 70-cm in length. Continue reading “How Long Do Koi Live?”

All About Ozone

Ozone is a naturally occurring, water-soluble gas and oxidiser. It can control many common bacteria and deactivate viruses. So should Ozone feature in your Koi pond set-up?

How Ozone Works

When Ozone comes into contact with waterborne pathogens one of the three Oxygen atoms detaches itself from the Ozone molecule and then attaches itself to the pathogen. It oxidises it and so destroys it. Ozone is so powerful that the tiniest amounts will offer an effective germicidal action whilst leaving no toxic by-products or residues in the water. Continue reading “All About Ozone”

The World’s Oldest Fish (a Koi!)

If well cared for, your koi could live for as long as 50 years. Some will live even longer lives and their age can be determined by counting their annuli, which are growth rings on their scales. A celebrated koi named Hanoko was estimated to have reached the age of 226. Either Hanoko was the world’s oldest recorded fish or the scientists who examined her made a huge miscalculation!

Pond Life

Hanoko spent her life in a pond of crystal clear water at Continue reading “The World’s Oldest Fish (a Koi!)”

Enhancing Colour in Your Koi

Koi Carp exhibit a range of brilliant colours. It’s the spectacular colouration which distinguishes Koi and that endears so many people to keep these particular fish. Whether you’re interesting in competing for a prize-winner or simply want your specimens to look at their best, it is important that you promote excellent colour in your fish. To do this you must ensure that they enjoy the right environment and are fuelled with the correct diet. An unhealthy or stressed Koi will quickly show signs and their beauty will fade.Here’s  Continue reading “Enhancing Colour in Your Koi”

Pond Food for All Seasons

Your fish require the correct diet year round to ensure that they achieve impressive growth, great colour and remain healthy. If you’re new to fish keeping then the array of foods and treats available can be confusing. At Krafty Koi we can help you to make the right choices for your fish.

Koi Food

It is best to choose a food formulated specifically for your koi. These foods have been developed following years of research and testing and so feature the right combination of nutrients. Continue reading “Pond Food for All Seasons”