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WaYA 12-18-2008 09:34 PM

New Koi Help!
 
Hi, I just got a Koi has a birthday gift. I have no clue about this kind of fish. I would be greatful for any info on Kois that anyone could give me. Thanks
Merry Christmas to all.

Cody 12-19-2008 12:02 AM

They can reach 36" (3') long and are rarely found in indoor tanks, unless it is like 300G+ and for the winter, because they do best in 300G ponds.

Very, very messy fish.

Coldwater species.

Needs a very good filtration system and they are often housed in groups.

All I can think of ATM.

WaYA 12-19-2008 12:01 PM

I am feeding him/her which ever it is goldfish flakes. It's eatting that an seems to be getting full. I only feed twice a day in small amounts. I've always had Angel fish, Gold fish, Guppies, Swordtails, Mollies{ black & white}, Oscars, Mickeymouse Fish, Bettas, Platies.That's the way I feed them so I knew the feeding pattern for the Koi would be the done the same.
I love animals I would have a zoo if I had the space for one. I have birds, cats, dogs and I have even had snakes, turtles, rabbitts, doves, quails and horses.

Twistersmom 12-19-2008 05:41 PM

Better start with a goldfish pond in the back yard for the new koi! He will love you for it!

Cody 12-19-2008 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WaYA (Post 158305)
I am feeding him/her which ever it is goldfish flakes. It's eatting that an seems to be getting full. I only feed twice a day in small amounts. I've always had Angel fish, Gold fish, Guppies, Swordtails, Mollies{ black & white}, Oscars, Mickeymouse Fish, Bettas, Platies.That's the way I feed them so I knew the feeding pattern for the Koi would be the done the same.
I love animals I would have a zoo if I had the space for one. I have birds, cats, dogs and I have even had snakes, turtles, rabbitts, doves, quails and horses.

How big is the tank/pond he is in?

WaYA 12-19-2008 11:28 PM

He's in a 20g tank. It was 29 degrees the day I got him.

finsNfur 12-20-2008 11:31 AM

That tank is not even remotely big enough, he won't be healthy for long in it. His growth will be stunted and he will eventually die, I'm so sorry to say. You need a pond with a minimum of 1000 gallons, as koi will reach 36" in length as Cody said. If your tank is below 40 degrees, (which I doubt, because your house would be quite cold, lol) you shouldn't feed your koi. Below 40 degrees and they cannot digest their food. I had a koi in my pond (before a heron got him, sadly) and I always stop feeding the fish in my pond once it gets cold out. They will do fine outside in the summers, though. But if you have him indoors in a tank with tropical fish that need warm temps, that won't be good long-term as he is a coldwater fish, same as goldfish. Is it all possible that you can dig a pond? I dug mine myself, although by the time you buy the liner/pump etc. it can cost a few hundred dollars and then some. I'm thinking of you've had horses though, perhaps you've got room for a pond. :-D

WaYA 12-20-2008 05:07 PM

I have a pond.
The koi is in a tank by himself. Without any heat on it. I knew he was cold blooded. He wants to eat all the time. He's in a room away from the heater.

JHK30 01-06-2009 06:51 PM

still it would be best for it in a pond. Try to put him in the pond ASAP. good luck =)


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