Choosing Healthy and Attractive Koi Fish for Your Backyard Pond

There is no denying the fact that koi fish are an absolutely gorgeous addition to your backyard pond. Coming in many different patterns and colors, there are a number of things to keep an eye out for to ensure your koi are healthy and as attractive as possible.

The head and body shape. When choosing koi, you should make sure that their head and body (including fins) do not have any irregularities, deformities, or damage. Special attention should be paid to the eyes to make sure they are symmetrical.

The quality of the colors. One of the best things about koi fish are there bright and vibrant colors. However, did you know that despite having multiple colors, each color should be consistent and not vary in saturation throughout the body of the fish. If your fish has orange, all of the orange should be the same shade and brightness.

The pattern. While, generally speaking, all koi fish are beautiful, there are some patterns that are more attractive than others. If you have big koi fish it’s better to have a larger pattern, while if you have small koi fish, a smaller pattern will likely look better. It’s also a good look when koi fish have matching colors on their nose and tail.

Now, with all of that being said (other than the damage or deformities), if you’re not planning on becoming a breeder of koi fish, you should choose whatever colors and patterns are most appealing to you! Your backyard pond is your oasis and your opinion is paramount. If you have any questions about koi fish, aquatic plants, or any other possible additions to your backyard pond, do not hesitate to contact us today. We would love to help!