Monday, February 4, 2008

My Koi Fish Died

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

www.californiawaterscapes.com is a great resource for all of your koi fish questions and concerns. Check out http://www.californiawaterscapes.com/FAQFish.htm for the answers to some of the most common koi pond questions!

Jamie Boyle said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing the site about koi fish and some common questions that people ask.

Great website thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous said...

We put 12 koi into our ourdoor mud pond approx. 1 year ago. We only have 1 white one that visits with us. We recently put 12 more in and we don't see them either,

Yesterday we bought 12 more and put into a smaller hand dug mud pond and we are really enjoying them. We want to feed them but Koi food is so expensive. My question is, is it dangerous to feed the koi regular floating fish food we can get at the feed store?

Jamie Boyle said...

The thing with having koi in mud ponds outdoors is that sometimes you will hardly ever see them. Then you begin to wonder. Is there any koi fish in your pond at all? Did they get eaten by pond fish predators?

A pond holds so many gallons of water and if the pond water is not clear you will have a hard time seeing them. Another thing which may have happened is that your other koi may be frightened as a fish predator like the heron or raccoon may have dropped by and have spooked your fish. Once spooked or scared your fish will tend to stay at the bottom for a while. Your koi fish should be in that pond unless they never over wintered in yoor pond?

Did you leave a hole open in the ice all winter? What climate do you live in?

As far as feeding koi fish, yes koi feed can be quite expensive. Feeding koi is one of the best parts of the hobby and is when you get to enjoy your fish the most. Lots of people have asked me is feeding koi fish trout food bad for fish? The answer is "yes". You see this type of feed is cheap to buy but contains high fat content making it unhealthy for fish. Think of fast food restaurants for example, they contain high fat content and high calories. The same goes for this type of feed. What can happen is that your koi can develop health problems such as fatty liver and swim bladder disease. Basically what happens to us as in humans such as obesity and health related issues can happen to fish as well. The high fat content in this feed in not good for fish at all. So yes you can feed them this if you want but you are risking the health of your koi as your fish may appear healthy externally but what is going on internally is a different story. I know the food is cheap and many pond owners think about buying some and some do buy it. It's up to you, I know if I had some purebreed kois like kohakus, showas, tancho, or sanke kois in my pond which are expensive fish depending on size I would want to feed those koi the best feed possible. Some of these types of koi can go for $500 each or more some ranging in many thousands of dollars. Hope this helps, it's just not a healthy food choice based on whats in it.

If your looking at feeding your koi cheaper consider buying duckweed. This is a floating water plant that reproduces fairly quickly and koi and other fish love to eat it. Simply have a bucket nearby with some in it and feed them some daily. Vegetation is a great food choice for fish. It helps keep their digestive system working great.

You can buy this online over at Duckweed at Water Plants For Ponds

This is cheap and a great way to cut down on feeding costs or simply a great way to offer different variety of foods that contain all different nutritional value.

If you need any more help or have any other questions please feel free to ask.

Sincerely,

Jamie Boyle
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Anonymous said...

About Koi, I have a huge pond and I have 4 koi in it and I want to start breading them. If I put them into smaller ponds would they die?

GoldfishCareInformation said...

No putting them in a 4 x 8 pond is ideal when it comes to breeding koi. Breeding koi in smaller ponds you have better results. Your koi will not die in a small pond. Just make sure you have a pond filter and plenty of air with an adequate air pump. They will just be fine.

How big is your koi pond, the large one?

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Nicole said...

The large pond is 100 feet wide and 400 feet long and 10-18 feet deep. How can we use the pond that we have to seperate them because we want to start breeding and we have other fish in the pond. Like bass and others. We wanted to maybe put a cage like into the pond and catch the koi into that and see which is male or female so we could wait to see which were having the babies. I have heard a lot about how to tell which is male and female but I can't tell still.

Thanks!

WaterPlantsForPonds said...

That's a big pond! In order to catch those koi and to find out the sex of the koi you'll definitely need to drain the pond or use a seine net and herd them over.

Was that koi pond man made?

I know telling the sex of koi for me is quite easy now as I do have a business Country Koi Fish Farm.

I will upload information on determining the sex of koi soon. In the meantime you can always visit this post about goldfish which I show people and it's pretty much the same for koi:

How To Tell The Sex Of Goldfish

Basically the broader koi are females and the torpedo like koi are the males. If the male is chasing the female that's a sure way to tell too, much like in real life for us :)

Where do you live in Canada or the United States?

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Nicole said...

It's a man made pond! Its were my husband dug the dirt out and sold the dirt. We live in florida. Would Koi be a good fish to raise in it to sale? It's got bass, catfish, brim, etc. Our Koi are at least 30in long. If we caught them and took a good picture would you be able to tell us?

PetGoldfishForum said...

That must of been a lot of dirt :) Yes it would but it's a tough market plus a lot of work. Yeah koi grow extremely well in mud ponds as the abundance of live food. That's why you have koi 30 inches long. In Japan they can grow up to 48" long but normally I would say between 24" - 30" is normal.

If you caught them I could tell by a picture of your koi. Take a picture of them from above, then the side and anal vent just to make sure.

Get back to me when you do with some pictures and I will help you out.

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