Thursday, June 24, 2010

Swimming with Koi

Swimming with Koi fish is a wonderful experience. They will swim all around your. The Koi may even try to nibble on your toes! Some of them might even let you pet them.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Small Yamabuki

I have a male Yamabuki Ogon; and he is about 6 inches long. What are the chances that he would breed this summer? -Beka

There is a chance that your Koi could breed this year, if it is at least two years old.  Usually two year old Koi fish are at least ten inches long.  If the parent fish were small, then your fish could be mature enough to breed.  Make sure you have plenty of vegetation or spawning mats in the pond for the fish to spawn in.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

How often do Koi breed?

Koi will usually spawn once a year, in the spring. The spawning is brought on by the large swing in temperatures that occur in that season. The Koi will appreciate a bunch of vegetation to spawn in, it provides a home and some cover for their eggs. When they are spawning, make sure there are no sharp objects in the pond. The males with slam the females into the walls of the pond, if there are any sharp rocks, they will damage the Koi.

Here are come pictures of baby Koi:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

9th Malaysia Koi Show Champion

This Kohaku Koi in the video clip took is the Grand Champion for the 2010 Malaysia Koi Show.


pond net

Koi are jumpy when they are in a new environment and in new water. They are also sensitive to changes in water chemistry. You can notice your Koi acting funny if there is a problem in your pond.

When you get new Koi, it is best to either cover the pond or tank, or place a barricade that prevents them from jumping out. Koi seem to be extra jumpy in small tanks. Extra care should be taken to make sure they can't find a way out of the enclosure.

If you use a net, make sure it is out of the water. Koi can get caught in the netting, which will cause damage or even an infection. Netting can easily be attached to a tank with clamps or weights. Outside over a pond, stakes are used to hold it in place.

Netting will prevent predators from reaching your Koi.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kissing Koi

Kissing Koi
Two Koi kiss each other on the lips.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Foreclosures Affecting Koi

The housing crisis affects Koi too. Many home owners facing foreclosure choose to abandon their Koi when they leave their homes. Koi require a filter system and aeration to keep them alive. When the electricity is shut off, the filter systems shuts down. If you notice a Koi pond that has been abandoned, contact your local SPCA or Koi club.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

How to draw a Koi Fish

In this video clip, drawing a Shusui Koi fish is demonstrated in a few easy steps. You start with the outling of the fish, then you add the details, like the Koi's face, scales, and color.
Shusui Koi