When you’re a fish breeding enthusiast, there are so many different species you can bring home that settling for a particular type is often challenging. The majority of the unique species available are very cute and low-maintenance, meaning that even first-timers can successfully take up the challenge of raising them in an aquarium or pool, outside. Some great, stunning choices for your delight include the ryukin goldfish and butterfly koi.
A Brief Background to the Butterfly Koi
Many enthusiasts around the world and in the U.S are increasingly warming up to the butterfly koi. You’ll certainly love to see them peacefully glide through water. This fish can be kept in a smaller tank, but a pond is the most appropriate if they’re to achieve their largest size possible. The butterfly koi is a true survivor and it usually holds up very fine for quite some time.
It’s possible that the butterfly koi originated in Indonesia as a later crossbreed of koi and the Asian carp as widely believed. Consequently, the crossbred features the vibrant colors of the classic koi and the extensive fins of carp which closely resemble a butterfly’s wings.
Unlike the size of other koi species’ fins, butterfly koi’s are way longer in proportion to their body size. If your objective is to see the fins attain their full possible size, have the fish develop slowly but progressively. By the time the koi hits maximum growth, its fins will have become larger and more stunning.
The Fancy Goldfish
The ryukin goldfish (or fancy goldfish) is very gorgeous, and it’s more rounded in shape. Due to its distinctive high back (commonly called dorsal hump), the ryukin’s head looks somewhat piercing. This goldfish is available in different sets of colors including red, white, red and white, and even three colors. In addition, you may find some high-end ryukins that boast larger, flowing fins.
Ryukins hold up just well so you can experiment with them for your first time. They’re able to survive in both aquarium and pond conditions. These fish feature stunning body sides for your enjoyment, which is usually easier if viewing them in an aquarium. Generally, ryukins can cohabit without any confrontation amongst themselves, but a few aggression incidences in the aquarium may be noted during the spawning season.
Be sure that your pond provides sufficient water depth for your ryukin goldfish. Don’t overfeed the fish though as they’re prone to intestinal tract complications.
Both butterfly koi and ryukin goldfish are gorgeous and safe to keep in your home tank or outside pool. Let’s hope you’ll enjoy the ease of keeping them even if you’re only beginning!