How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI


Article by: Brett Fogle

Many people have asked us over the years "Should I add goldfish or KOI (or both) to my pond? The answer is "it depends."

Goldfish are better suited to smaller water gardens , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun and ponds, in the 50 - 500 gallon range. Goldfish are extremely hardy and easy to care for, which makes them the perfect choice for the new pond , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics owner or water gardener.

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KOI, on the other hand, require a little more knowledge and better water , How to Grow Hydrangeas quality in most cases, than goldfish and are better suited to the more experienced pond keeper. KOI generally thrive best in ponds , The Cottage Garden over 500 gallons (the bigger - the better.)

This is becuase KOI can grow , Dog Days of Summer quite large and therefore require more water , Protecting your Garden Pond from Pesky Predators in the pond , Fish Fertilizers for proper biological breakdown of waste. KOI are also more expensive (and harder to replace) than goldfish, so this should also be taken into account before filling your new pond , Gardening with Bamboo full of KOI fish. , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden More considerations...

Goldfish are an excellent choice for the average water garden that is usually also full of a variety of potted plants. Lilies, Lotus, Iris, and submerged annuals , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? - these all do well in a water garden , The Cottage pond with goldfish. Goldfish will not disturb the plants, , Gardening with Bamboo and will enjoy playing around under the lily pads without disturbing the plants. , The Great History of Roses

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Japanese KOI on the other hand, and especially the larger ones, will often create a huge mess out of submerged potted plants. , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees They seem to enjoy 'digging' in the soil , Italian Vegetable Seeds of the plants , History of the Adirondack Chair and sometimes even knocking them over. This all leads to added mess in the pond, , Outdoor Deck Lighting and can create a real problem for the pond , What is Roofscaping? owner.

Generally, it's best to not have submerged plants , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening in large pots, , Gardening Vertically: Fad, Emerging Frontier or Long-Overlooked Art Form when also keeping KOI. The ideal KOI pond is much deeper than the average water garden, , Brilliant Beetroot! so the necessity for plants , Fish Fertilizers to help with water , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics quality and shade is reduced.

However, if you still do want to keep potted plants , Economically Design Your Own Landscape Lighting in your KOI pond, , Straw Bale Culture Technique we recommend wrapping netting over the tops of the pots, , Straw Bale Culture Technique to keep the fish , Tomatoes: History, Origin, Facts... or Fiction? from digging in the pots. Another thing you can do is to top the pots , Re-ting Your Orchids with 1" of pea gravel, , Garden Success in Southcentral Alaska Part 1 of 3 and then larger river stones , Marble Mosaic Art or similar over that. The KOI will not be able to get past the larger rocks.

As far as mixing Goldfish with KOI, this is fine and very common, we've just tried to highlight the most important differences between the two and between the average water garden , Straw Bale Culture Technique and KOI pond. , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics Feel free to experiment with both, and then decide which fish , 6 Factors that Directly Decide the Landscaping Design of a Home Garden is more to your liking.
Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens , History of the Adirondack Chair and several
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