Can Koi Carp Bite You? 2 550

Many of us will have seen koi owners and enthusiasts feeding their fish directly from their hands, and for many koi owners, having tame koi like this is one of the biggest rewards of fish keeping!

However, when you take into account how large koi carp can potentially grow, and the size of their mouths, it is only natural to be wary of putting your fingers too close to them in case you get nipped or bitten!

But should this real be a concern? Can koi carp bite you? Read on to find out!

The mouth and teeth of koi carp

Koi carp certainly have a very gummy appearance and you could be forgiven for thinking that koi carp do not actually have teeth at all.

Can koi carp bite you?However, when you think about the type of food that is commonly fed to koi – large solid pellets- surely it makes sense that they must be able to chew their food?

Koi carp do have teeth in order to chew their food, but the catch is, their teeth are not in their mouths! The teeth of the koi carp are far back in their throats, not in the mouth itself, and so once they take food into their mouth, it is chewed and digested via the throat before entering the stomach.

Can koi carp bite you?

The teeth of koi carp are too far down the throat to be able to bite your finger (unless you’re planning to stick your entire finger right into your fish’s mouth!).

In the largest of koi carp, the teeth are so far back in the throat of the fish that you would not be able to reach them with a fully extended finger, even if you tried.

So, your koi carp cannot bite you, and you are perfectly safe to hand-feed your fish without the risk of losing a finger!

That said, the mouth and gums of the koi are actually fairly strong and muscular, and it is possible that they might grasp onto your finger with their mouths, mistaking it for food. They have a relatively firm grip with their gums, but this should never prove painful and will not draw blood. Your koi will let go of your finger as soon as they realize that it is not edible!

Learn more about koi carp…

Previous ArticleNext Article

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 247

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 374

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.