It's easy to see why Koi are rapidly gaining popularity these days. With their colorful beauty and impressive size, the Koi is a domesticated cousin of the Carp.
The Koi is also easily obtained, available to fish lovers in practically all parts of the world. This makes it an easy choice when deciding upon what type of fish to have in your pond. Although Koi fish can be quite hardy, they still require their owner to be knowledgeable about their proper care and up keep.
Koi fish will have different needs during different seasons. It is important to know these needs, that way you can be sure that you are providing your Koi with proper care, no matter what the weather. For example, the temperature can vary significantly from day to day during the spring, so you need to be diligent in watching the temperature during this period. A fast drop or rise in temperature is not good for the Koi. They will do best at 74 to 76 F.
You will want to provide your Koi with a proper diet. Floating pellets are good. Always make sure they have enough food. Sho Koi Impact is a good food. It is made from air-dried krill, larvae, dried bugs, pupae, and air dried fresh water shrimp, which will help brighten colors in Koi naturally. It is long floating and highly digestible. It can be slightly more expensive than other foods, but worth it in the long run.
When you get your new Koi, you want to make the situation as stress free as possible for the Koi. Unfortunately, Koi are stressed as soon as they are bagged up. Some ways to reduce this stress are to keep bags as cool as possible, will slow down Koi metabolism and respiration rates. Also, Keep bags in a box to reduce the stress the Koi experience when light hits them from every side. What you may want to do during longer trips is to ad a mild sedative to the water.
When you get your new Koi home, don't just release your Koi into the pond. Be sure to float the bag for at least an hour. You may want to cover the bag with some wet newspaper if it is hot or sunny out. Slowly add pond water into the bag, with the Koi for around 15 minutes, and then release the Koi into the pond.