The Butterfly Koi and How to Care for It
Butterfly koi are colorful ornamental fish with patterned scales and long, flowing fins. They look like goldfish, but they’re actually hybrids of the traditional koi fish and carp.
Butterfly koi grow quite long – up to 36 inches – so they need spacious ponds.The environment affects what type of outdoor pond butterfly koi can survive in. They usually thrive in temperatures from 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Big Japanese koi usually live in mud ponds, but it is not advisable to drill a hole outside and fill it with water (to make a simple pond), because the soil and planktonic algae will only end up pollute it.
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. Butterfly koi need a lot of space to swim and spread their fins. Ponds have to be clean and filtered, and liners help them stay this way.
In-ground ponds come with liners that make sure the soil is kept away from 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.
Another good home for butterfly koi are above-ground ponds placed on a level surface. Generally made of plastic, wood, fiberglass or wood, you can have prefab ornament ponds on cement surfaces or backyard decks.
Smaller kits are normally made of plastic or wood. Wherever you place the pond, make it a point that the container (with water, 8 pounds per gallon) can be supported by the surface.
Too much aquatic vegetation or other fish can be stressful for butterfly koi, so make sure your ponds are always clean and well-aerated. These kois need a consistent pH balance of 6.8 to 7.2. Algae growth can be prevented by maintaining this balance, especially when there are aquatic plants in the pond.
You can restore a pond’s ecological balance by adding organic materials such as barley straw and salts, which remove excess phosphates and nitrates in the water. The filters should also be cleaned twice a month and water temperature must be monitored to ensure that the consistency remains the same throughout the process. To keep water aerated and circulating, it helps to add a waterfall or fountain. Water temperature must be maintained between 65 and 75 F, though 32 to 95 degrees is okay as long as fluctuations aren’t drastic.
Butterfly Koi Care
First off, pond water has to be well-aerated. The pump should also be kept clean if the water is to circulate. Finally, because plants draw oxygen, it is good to reduce the vegetation so that the water is rejuvenated.