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Old 31-07-2003, 07:42 AM
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Default koi and plants? depends on the pond size.... and the koi's diet...

Koi and plants have been getting along fine for thousands of years.
Koi's that are overstocked in a tiny space and sadly lacking in decent
meals will turn on plants when desperate. As a matter of routine, koi
like munching on plant roots and anything else they can fit in their
mouths...

With koi growth rates as much as 2ft in two years, sooner or later
they will outgrow many preform tub sized ponds, it might take a well
planted area 10'x10' to keep them occupied with plants growing as fast
as the koi nibbles them.

There are many plants which have koi proof roots. cattails, carex,
iris, nuphars are but a few varieties of aquatic plant that can cope
with the worst fish grazing. Creating cordoned areas within a pond can
create a 'nursery' area for small starts of plants

Some like nymphaeas, the water lilies have brittle feeder roots,
which, guess what, are sold with weave baskets often, (to make an
extra buck) knowing full well your kois will destroy the roots and you
will be back for another water lily (kerchung)

If you plant water lilies in solid sided containers (a.k.a. buckets)
the koi can't get at the brittle feeder roots, they do grow fine in
koi pools, unless the lily is way small and delicate. There are
several 'vigorous' water lilies that can cope with koi, no problem.
Gladstonia, Attraction, alba, AJ Welch, etc spring to mind

All in all, a careful selection of aquatic plants will do more for
your water quality and koi than any of the way pricey filters and
sterilisers ....a lot less bother....

Its not a bad idea to grow plants on, away from the koi pool, in say,
large water butts, so when they have established roots and growth,
they are strong enough to cope with aggresive fish....

Nicer to look at, too...

andy

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Old 31-07-2003, 10:02 AM
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th koi growth rates as much as 2ft in two years, sooner or later
they will outgrow many preform tub sized ponds, it might take a well
planted area 10'x10' to keep them occupied with plants growing as fast
as the koi nibbles them.

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Nice piece of information Andy - thanks.

But I am astonished to learn that koi can grow 2ft per year !!!

(Thinks... In years time I will have to look after 16 x 10ft fish! what the
heck am I going to feed them on?)

Steve.
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Old 31-07-2003, 03:03 PM
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Default koi and plants? depends on the pond size.... and the koi's diet...



Biker2 wrote:
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th koi growth rates as much as 2ft in two years, sooner or later

they will outgrow many preform tub sized ponds, it might take a well
planted area 10'x10' to keep them occupied with plants growing as fast
as the koi nibbles them.


snip

Nice piece of information Andy - thanks.

But I am astonished to learn that koi can grow 2ft per year !!!

(Thinks... In years time I will have to look after 16 x 10ft fish! what the
heck am I going to feed them on?)

Steve.
- -
Milk floats, stainless steel sinks...




-- if Koi are kept in a good environment they can grow to 2 ft in the
first year or two then growth slows after several more years they
can get to 3 ft

see http:/www.coloradokoi

for growth charts etc.





John Rutz
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Default koi and plants? depends on the pond size.... and the koi's diet...

-- if Koi are kept in a good environment they can grow to 2 ft in the
first year or two then growth slows after several more years they
can get to 3 ft
John Rutz


I recently sold in mid-June 2 butterfly koi that were about 20 inches and
5-6 years old. They went to a much bigger pond, I saw them yesterday and
they've not only added girth, but grown 4 more inches! So much for slowing
growth after age 3. I guess as the Subject says, "depends on the pond
size... and diet.... ~ jan

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