Serene and beautiful, koi are symbols of peace, tranquillity, good fortune and prosperity. But not always! The fish sparked a war between neighbours in Birmingham recently. The ongoing battle was far from peaceful and ended up costing taxpayers £25,000!Continue reading “Koi pond sparks war between neighbours”
A little research will reveal all the advice you need to create a koi pond for your home. As we have explained on this blog, size matters and it is important to ensure that you can maintain good water quality.
Most people choose to build their koi pond using bricks or cement but one enthusiast has taken the unusual step of using a car!
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”
Have you ever dreamt of owning a wonderful dream house with a swimming pool in the garden? You probably have as few of us can resist the occasional bout of wishful thinking! But if you are planning on viewing a few country pads in the near future, you might discover that some of the luxurious properties now offer a pond instead of a pool. Continue reading “A New Kind of Swimming Pool”
TL;DR Koi could eat small goldfish but it’s not all bad news as they most likely won’t, also there’s plenty of other species that will also happily share a pond.
Which Species Can Share a Pond with Koi?
Koi carp thrive in ponds that have a large capacity, a generous amount of cover and efficient filtration. They need excellent water quality and a deep pond. But they are resilient to cold temperatures and can withstand harsh winters providing you feature an airstone or floating heater to ensure that there is an exchange of gasses. Continue reading “Do Koi Eat Gold Fish?”
Junette Robinson lives near the River Stour in Christchurch Dorset. She has kept a large pond for 30 years and this featured her treasured collection of koi. One morning she went outside to feed her fish and was horrified to discover Continue reading “Much Loved Koi Killed By Otters”
A recent study has suggested that garden ponds could play a significant role in the spread of ranaviruses, diseases which infects amphibians, reptiles and fish. These diseases have devastated frog populations in the UK in recent years. Continue reading “Garden Ponds Could Aid Spread of Disease in Frogs”
It is always an exciting time when you are about to introduce a new fish to your pond. Whether you are a very experienced keeper, or are just starting out on your adventure, the arrival of a new fish is a significant occasion. But before you get carried away, Continue reading “Koi Quarantine Tanks”
It is possible to drown in comparatively shallow water and so garden ponds do represent a real danger. It is all too easy for small children to drown in ponds and even adults can run into trouble at night if they can’t see the water. The dangers are exacerbated by cold temperatures as illustrated by an accident in the US recently. Continue reading “Koi Pond Trip Hazard”
Lost and Found Pets is a group with 20,000 Facebook followers. It aims to reunite pet owners in Bristol and South Gloucestershire with their lost animals. The group is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Since it was set up four years ago it has reunited hundreds of pets with their owners. Most of these have unsurprisingly been cats and dogs but the group has found several more exotic species too, including a snake! Continue reading “Low Flying Koi Carp and an Unwelcome Visitor to Koi Pond”