Butterfly koi are known for their brightly patterned scales and the long and flowing fins which sets them apart as such ornamental fish. Butterfly koi look quite similar to the goldfish and for this reason, some have mistaken them to be goldfish. They are not really goldfish and instead are a hybrid of the traditional koi and the carp.
By ad large, one thing that should be known about the butterfly koi is that they can grow to such lengths as long as 36 inches. Given this fact, your butterfly koi will require some rather large pond. Some of the things that you need to be mindful of and maintain to the best of your ability are the pH levels, the pond water temperature and as well you need to have a filtration system in place for your pond. You shouldn’t forget the need to ensure that the ponds are maintained and are as clean as can be for the butterfly koi to survive in them. Hereunder is a look at some of the common types of ponds that you can have for your butterfly koi fish going forward.
One of the ponds that you can think of for your butterfly koi fish are the mud ponds. When choosing the best of the outdoor ponds for your butterfly koi, you need to take into consideration the environment. The reason for this is considering the fact that the fish will only be able to survive in temperatures between 32 and 95 degree Fahrenheit. The large Japanese koi can actually survive in the mud ponds. But anyway, while the idea of simply digging a hole outside and having it filled with water sounds such a simple proposition for having your koi fish a home, you need to be mindful of the fact that the water may not stay as clear as should be and this is as a result of the soil that will fill it and the development of planktonic algae. The filtrations systems may not serve adequately and as such for the mud ponds, you need to see to it that you have provided for a drainage system for the removal of the impurities there may be in the water. There has to be incorporated such a regular regime of regular maintenance which will include a complete draining of the water and cleaning the pond.
The lined in-ground ponds are the other type of ponds that you can consider having in place for your butterfly koi fish. One particular aspect to have in mind even as you consider going for the lined in-ground ponds for your butterfly koi fish is that these fishes will require some real deal of space for them to spread their fins and for their swimming.