Koi could be the prefect fish for an outdoor pond as they are hardy and get along with a range of other pondfish.
Koi (Cyprinus carpio carpio) get on well with other fish and are perfect for those looking to establish a fish pond.
Practical Fishkeeping explained this popular fish can become tame and will live peacefully with other fish if enthusiasts want their pond to be full of life.
Koi are hardy fish and require water with a pH of between 7 and 8.5. The temperature should ideally be between 10 and 20 degrees C (50 to 68 degrees F) although they can tolerate a range of temperatures. Pond test kits could be used to ensure people achieve these conditions.
It is important for fishkeepers to get their pond the right size and a depth of at least 90cm (36 inches) is recommended.
Koi are omnivorous and therefore require a varied diet. People can buy specialist Koi fish food to ensure their fish are getting the nutrients they need, although they will also eat worms, small prawns and some vegetation like algae.
Posted by Olivia Rose