How to Choose between Goldfish and KOI

Written by Brett Fogle

Many people have asked us overrepparttar 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 and ponds, inrepparttar 116250 50 - 500 gallon range. Goldfish are extremely hardy and easy to care for, which makes themrepparttar 116251 perfect choice forrepparttar 116252 new pond owner or water gardener.

KOI Feeding

KOI, onrepparttar 116253 other hand, require a little more knowledge and better water quality in most cases, than goldfish and are better suited torepparttar 116254 more experienced pond keeper. KOI generally thrive best in ponds over 500 gallons (the bigger -repparttar 116255 better.)

This is becuase KOI can grow quite large and therefore require more water inrepparttar 116256 pond 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 full of KOI fish.

More considerations...

Goldfish are an excellent choice forrepparttar 116257 average water garden that is usually also full of a variety of potted plants. Lilies, Lotus, Iris, and submerged annuals - these all do well in a water garden pond with goldfish. Goldfish will not disturbrepparttar 116258 plants, and will enjoy playing around underrepparttar 116259 lily pads without disturbingrepparttar 116260 plants.

Pond Salt for Health Fish

Written by Brett Fogle

The important question of whether or not to add salt to your pond is often confusing for beginners and forgotten by experienced pond-keepers. To newbies and pro's alike we have this to say:

"Add Salt Today to Keeprepparttar Fish Doctor Away" True, there are some negative effects of higher salt levels on plants inrepparttar 116249 pond, but overall we think it is absolutelyrepparttar 116250 very best thing you can add to your pond in terms of keeping your fish happy and healthy. Salt acts as a natural 'stress coat' and essentially thickensrepparttar 116251 slime coat onrepparttar 116252 fish's body - which is it's own natural defense system against bacteria and parasites. Salt is also very effective in killing bacteria and parasites inrepparttar 116253 pond. When added in proper doses, salting your pond can dramatically reducerepparttar 116254 threat of disease affecting your fish. It's just like with humans - we are always exposed torepparttar 116255 common cold cells in their body, but can usually resist if their immune system is strong. Similarly, pond fish and KOI are always exposed to some degree of parasite and bacteria presence inrepparttar 116256 pond, but by keeping their immune system strong and their slime coat thick, you shouldn't have any problems. Pond fish actively maintain a natural balance of electrolytes in their body fluids. Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium are removed fromrepparttar 116257 water by chloride cells located inrepparttar 116258 gills. These electrolytes are essential forrepparttar 116259 uptake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide and ammonium across gill membranes. The lack of electrolytes can cause serious health problems torepparttar 116260 fish. Pond Salt is an all natural salt, providingrepparttar 116261 essential electrolytes fish need to survive. Pond Salt is not just a table salt ( sodium chloride ). It is made from evaporated sea water. Evaporated sea water containsrepparttar 116262 necessary electrolytes pond fish need. 

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