Koi fish are the domesticated variety of the common carp. Actually, the word “koi” comes from the Japanese word that means “carp”. The Japanese started breeding koi for the first time around the 1820’s. Today, due to their popularity, koi fish come in a large variety of patterns and colors like black, red, orange, yellow, silver, green and blue.
Outdoor koi ponds can be relaxing as the sound of the rippling water flows through the yard. They are even more entrancing and interesting to look at when koi pond owners are able to successfully mix living plants within their koi ponds in order to replicate a natural pond environment. Unfortunately, sometimes koi fish and plants do not co-exist well together. Koi fish can sometimes give their owners a hard time when it comes to potted plants within the pond.
Some owners try to place potted plants within the pond that are meant to sit on the pond floor. Larger koi may be able to knock the plant over which will lead to a messy pond and can create real problems for the owner. Koi can also have the tendency of “digging” up the soil. But, that does not mean you can not have any plants in your pond at all. There are several solutions to combat these problems. You can wrap netting over the tops of the pots to keep the koi from digging in them.You can also place pea gravel on top of the plants. Larger pots can withstand the weight of river stones. With the stones on top of the pots, the koi fish will have a harder time knocking them over due to their weight and they will not be able to get to the dirt underneath the stones in order to dig it up. Lilies are a wonderful choice to place within your koi pond.They come in several different varieties includes ones that grow well in shallow water and ones that grow better in deeper water. Although they are not oxygenating plants, they will be able to provide your koi with shelter and shade. Plus, having plants in the water will attract insects. Koi fish are omnivores and will search the plants foliage to seek out insects and larva to munch on.
In addition to the insects that search out from plants, koi fish enjoy many other types of food. It is not unusual for koi fish owners to mention that they successfully trained their fish to eat out of their hands. Koi fish have the ability to be able to recognize the person who feeds them and will approach that person during feeding time. In addition to pre-made koi food, koi fish enjoy a variety of people foods like peas, lettuce and even watermelons.
Having koi fish grace the waters of an outside pond is truly an enjoyable and unique experience. They area able to add a great amount of pleasure to their owners lives and in turn are rewarded by the generosity and good care of their owners.