Koi Fish

Koi Fish in Arizona and California

Bring Life to a Custom Water Feature

Whether you have an aquarium or pond or are interested in building one, koi fish are a great way to add life to your indoor or outdoor water feature. At Desert Springs Water Features, we can find the best species of koi fish for your pond. If you are interested in owning koi fish but are not very familiar with them, here is some basic information:

  • The average koi fish size is 2.5 inches long, weighing 1.5 ounces. Whether the koi fish are smaller or bigger than the average depends on the water quality, pond or tank size, nutrition, and genetics.
  • Fish can get sunburned if their environment is too shallow or lacks shade.
  • With the same factors that contribute to the koi fish size, the average lifespan is 20 years. However, they can also live much longer; the oldest koi fish reached 226 years-old.
  • There are a lot of varieties, including asagi, ginrin, platinum, tancho, and butterfly koi fish.

Koi fish can help liven up an outdoor pond or indoor aquarium and are beautiful fish when taken care of. If you are interested in learning more, call our specialists at 602-783-5006 to find out how we can help match you with great koi fish for your custom water features.

Koi Fish Care

One of the great things about koi fish is how easy they are to care for. In ponds, they find most of their food through insects, algae, and even plants in the pond. That means if you own a koi fish pond, you can mostly leave the fish to fend for themselves. Our specialists can perform routine checkups on your pond and koi fish to ensure both are healthy. In aquariums, we can provide adequate feed to ensure your fish receive the necessary food and nutrition to thrive.

Koi fish can also be susceptible to illness and disease. One of the best ways to prevent potential diseases is through health care for both the fish and their aquarium or pond. However, sometimes an illness is inevitable. Some common examples include:

  • Ulcers – Ulcers are caused by infection and bacteria, which can compromise the koi fish’s mucous, skin, and scales, and are identifiable by red sores on the fish’s body.
  • Fish Lice – Fish lice are caused by parasites transferred from frogs, birds, and other species, and are identifiable by lesions or irritation on the fish’s scales.
  • Ich – Ich is also caused by parasites brought to the koi fish’s environment from outside sources, like animals, and is identifiable by white spots on the fish’s body.

If you notice any physical problems on your fish, such as spots or redness, it is a good idea to call our specialists. We will find out the cause so we can start working towards healing the koi fish as soon as possible. Also, if you notice your fish is acting more lethargic than usual or is acting strange like rubbing its scales against rocks, there could be bacteria or parasites present.

It is also important to remember that diseases can also be prevented with regular maintenance to keep both your pond and your koi fish healthy.

If you are interested in filling an aquarium or pond with koi fish, call our specialists at 602-783-5006 or click here to contact us online for a free estimate!