Understanding and Caring for the Butterfly Koi
Butterfly koi are colorful ornamental fish with patterned scales and long, flowing fins. They look like goldfish, but they’re actually hybrids of the traditional koi fish and carp.
Because of their length (up to 36 inches), they require big ponds.The type of outdoor pond needed by butterfly koi depends on the environment. Normal temperatures they need run from 32 to 95 Degrees Fahrenheit. Large Japanese koi typically live in mud ponds, but digging a hole outside and filling it with water to create a simple pond is not advised because of the soil and planktonic algae.
It’s not enough to have filler systems, so mud ponds should come with a drainage system to take out the impurities. Maintaining the pond means it should be completely drained and cleaned regularly. A lot of space is needed by butterfly koi so they can swim and …