GOLDFISH AND KOI

GOLDFISH are a member of the carp family (Carassius auratus) and originated in China. They are the hardiest of pond fish and come in hundreds of varieties around the world including comets, fantails, black moors, shubunkins and sarassas. For most people, a pond is incomplete without featuring fish. Fish form part of the pond scenery and are actually beneficial within the pond environment. They use little oxygen, school nicely, fertilize plants, feed on algae, and control mosquito larvae and other insect pests.

• In a newly planted pond, wait a few days before adding fish. Plants alter the pH in water, and fish don’t like sudden changes.
• Treat all fish in the pond if you suspect illness. Fish medications are available for a range of diseases (e.g. fungus, parasites, ick, ulcers).
• Newly purchased fish must be acclimatized in the plastic bag before being released into the pond. Float the bag in the pond (out of direct sunlight) for about 30 minutes, slowly mixing your pond water with the water in the bag.
• Don’t over-feed fish. Give them no more than they can eat in about two minutes.
• Don’t overstock, as this will result in a lack of oxygen (fish gulping at the surface in hot weather), poor water quality, and high pollution from their waste.

The recommended number of fish in a pond depends on the amount of oxygen in the water (this is linked to water surface area in sq.ft.) and the amount of filtration.

Maximum load: 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of pond water. If a pond is aerated by a fountain, waterfall or air pump, or you have increased filtration, you can increase the number of fish.

We sell a carefully selected range of pond fish as follows:


Variety
Sizes
Premium Red Comets 2" 4" 6"
Sarassa Comets 2" 4" 6"
Shubunkins 2" 4" 6"
Fantails - 3" -
Specialty Goldfish - 3" -

GOLDFISH AND KOI MUST BE PICKED UP IN PERSON FROM OUR GREENHOUSES.  WE DO NOT SHIP.

Larger goldfish are sometimes available; please phone for pricing. Specialty fish (black moors, orandas, red & white fantails, ranchu, calico, ryukin, etc.) are sometimes available. Please enquire as to their availability and pricing.

KOI, like goldfish, are also members of the Cyprinidae family, but are not the same genus or species. They originated in China, but were first bred in Japan. Koi are the largest of pond fish.

Koi come in over 200 varieties. They are hearty feeders at all levels of the pond. They should only be fed as much as they can consume within a five-minute period. Koi are renowned for eating snails and fish fry, destroying plants, upsetting pots, and churning sludge at the bottom of the pond.

Although koi are rather expensive compared to goldfish, they are increasingly popular with ponders. If you do decide to keep Koi in a pond, you will need a depth of 3ft or more, a strong pump, and a biological filter system to dispose of their considerable waste. Plants should be kept to a minimum.

Koi facts:
• The normal lifespan of Koi is between 25-35 years.
• Typical colours: Kohaku (white, with red appearing in varying patterns), Sanke {hi (red) and sumi (black) markings on a white base}, Showa (black with red and white markings), Goshiki (white, red, black, light blue, and dark blue), Asagi (red on cheeks and fins; blue dorsal fin net pattern), Ogon (solid colour; Yamabuki is yellow, Platinum is white and the Orenji is orange), Ai Goromo (white base with a red Kohaku pattern that has blue edged scales on top of the red pattern, and blue netting), and Kujaku (solid white base, accented by a black net pattern along with patterns of red/orange/yellow).

We sell carefully selected koi varieties as follows:

Variety Type
Sizes
Asian Standard Koi 4" 6" - -
Butterfly Koi 4" 6" - -
Japanese Standard Koi - 5"-6" 6"-7" 8"-9"
Butterfly Koi - 5"-6" - -

GOLDFISH AND KOI MUST BE PICKED UP IN PERSON FROM OUR GREENHOUSES.  WE DO NOT SHIP.

Our Japanese koi come directly from Japan. The butterfly Koi come from Suda Koi Farm, and the standard Koi come from Otsuka and Hosokai Koi Farms. Some standard varieties include: Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Shiro Utsuri, Kujyaku, Shusui, Benigoi, Ki and Hi Utsuri, Goromo, Goshiki, Asagi, Karashi, Ogon, and Ginrin varieties. CALL FOR PRICING.

Conservatively, a stocking density of one koi per 250gal of well circulated and well filtered water is recommended.