Do Koi Eat Other Fish? 0 2002

Do koi eat other fish? And do they eat goldfish?

Many first-time koi keepers wonder about the possibility of keeping other coldwater fish such as goldfish alongside their koi.

One of the most important elements of keeping a healthy, happy pond is ensuring that all of the pond’s residents get on well with each other… and will not eat each other!

So, if you’re wondering whether koi eat other fish and if it’s safe to keep goldfish and koi carp together, this article will answer all of your questions…

What do koi carp eat?

The koi carp is an omnivorous fish, which means that koi will eat both plants and animal matter. In the wild, this will consist of a large variety of foods, including algae, plants, flies and bugs, and decaying organic matter.

Will my koi try to eat my goldfish?

The koi carp and the goldfish are actually fish from the same species family, and while there are of course significant differences between them, they also have a lot of similarities. But this won’t stop larger fish from trying to eat smaller ones!

Do koi eat other fish?Koi carp are unlikely to eat other large fish, including large goldfish. However, if something will fit in their mouths then they may well try to eat it! So smaller goldfish will be at risk.

Koi will also eat fish eggs. So if your goldfish or koi lay eggs within the pond, your koi may potentially see these as a fair meal!

What if your goldfish are disappearing from your pond?

If you notice that your goldfish are not surviving alongside your koi or seem to be disappearing from the pond – and if your goldfish are small enough to fit in the koi’s mouth – then it may be that your koi are eating them. However, there are other possible explanations for your goldfish disappearing…

Firstly, koi ponds are almost always large and deep. If your fish are swimming near the bottom then it is certainly possible to simply not see them.

Secondly, predators such as herons, other wading birds and even dogs and cats could be responsible for eating your goldfish.

Learn more about koi carp…

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 385

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 0 529

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.