Thinking about adding a pond to your landscape or investing more in what you already have? If you are considering adding more fish to your pond, we advise you wait till your pond has been eating for a couple of weeks or late spring. This allows your fish to have an effective immune response should something come in together with your fresh fish. However, you’re intending on quarantining any new additions for 4-6 months , right?
Just because you purchase your fish from a “reputable dealer” does not mean that your fish is guaranteed healthy!
Descendants of the frequent carp, koi are created for outdoor living. They can withstand a wide variety of temperatures and are extremely hardy fish. The largest difficulty with koi is those adorable 5-7″ babies can best out to more than 2′! Be sure to have enough space on your pond for those babies to grow into behemoths.
The same as breeds of dogs, you will find may breeds of goldfish. The ones which make a good living in ponds are the long-bodied, non-fancy varieties, commonly called comets. Sarasas and shubunkins retain good swimming ability, but are usually overbred. In a pond, you can expect your goldfish to develop really big. Even kept indoors, goldfish can increase roughly the size of a little dog.
A more recent arrival to the pond scene, High-Fin Sharks (Myxocyprinus asiaticus) are carp cousins into the koi and goldfish. Although they may start with black and white bands, adults typically choose an all-black look, which may or may not fit your pond aesthetic. Though marketed as”algae eaters,” these fish are omnivores, like koi and goldfish, so will require a complete pelleted diet for optimal health.