Fish Friends for Koi

Fish Friends for Koi

When they are in the wild, Koi live with other species of carp. Koi also get along well with killifish and minnows.
Other types of fish that can be found in the lakes and streams they inhabit are large game fish, such as perch, bass and Catfish.
Koi are peaceful and do not bother or prey on other fish in your pond which makes it great for stocking your pond with a variety of other fish.
Sunfish get along well next to carp with Redear sunfish being the most popular for a carp pond.

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Grass carp act as natural pruning system for your pond and they will make great friends for your Koi. Grass carp will also help maintain your plant vegetation as they like to eat and out of control plants that are growing too big.
Since they are similar, goldfish make a great friend for your Koi. They share similar color patterns to Koi and will help compliment the beauty of your precious Koi in their new garden pond.

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For other fish, largemouth bass, catfish and striped bass will make perfect mates for your Koi. Bigger fish will require a larger pond size so keep this in mind when selecting the size of your garden pond.
Frogs can be really good friends for your Koi or any kind of amphibian. Local frogs, newts and even salamanders can share the same space as your Koi with no issues.
Try to attract frogs naturally to your pond rather than stocking them from a store. Frogs from pet shops may have bacterial infections or diseases that can spread to your fish. We want to keep your fish as healthy as possible so they can live a long life in your garden pond.

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Fish that you want to avoid stocking your garden pond with if you have Koi are Bluegill. Carp and Bluegill are rivals and will be destructive to your garden pond as they compete for resources and food.
Small fish such as nano fish should be avoided too. These smaller fish will not be happy swimming around with large Koi and will be anxious and nervous when in an enclosed garden pond with them.
Lastly, the best option to stock your Koi pond with is more Koi. They like to be in a group or a school and the minimum for that is at least 5. If you have a larger pond, you may be able to accommodate up to 15 individual Koi. Be sure to consult with our professionals about the needs for your Koi pond setup.

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