Scott with Aquascapes does a nice job talking about some simple things to look for when purchasing Koi or fish, along with providing a stress free experience when introducing them into your water feature.
The Pond De-Toxifier is an inexpensive but very effective product to minimize chlorine, ammonia, & helping keep the fish relaxed. Koi are beautiful members of the Carp family. By taking simple care precautions, they can live a long time & provide you with years of enjoyment.
One village in Japan has a pond with Koi in it that have been aged at over 200 years old!! My family loves our water feature, we installed it 9 years ago & it provides us with year round enjoyment. Our oldest Koi is nearly 20! He spent the 1st half of his life in a very small indoor pond. Our friends moved & gave him to us, 2 days after we released him into our pond, he spawned with a female fish & just like that, we had eggs & then babies!
Our pond is only 2’ deep. We leave it running year round, put a net over it in the fall to keep leaves from falling into the pond & rotting, & put an Aquascapes floating heater in the pond so as to allow a small hole in the ice for methane gas to escape.
In spring, we remove the water with a pump, rescuing the fish with a net & placing them in a large trough that contains some of the pond water that we pump out. After power washing & manually cleaning debris in the pond, we fill the pond, & using the Aquascape De-Toxifier in the water, slowly re-introduce the fish. Walla! Good to go for another season of fish watching enjoyment (oh yeah, sometimes after a hard days work I’ll get IN my pond with our kids & sip a beer while our fish swim around us. A perfect end to a hot day). Happy pondering!