Many people have a great interest in goldfish. The Koi of Japan are responsible for creating much of that interest, but not all. Goldfish owners are also very interested in this type of fresh water fish because they have the upper hand over Koi.
Goldfish or Koi? Which are best suited to keeping in a garden pond
- Koi develop much faster than goldfish and run the risk of outgrowing the small garden pond
- Purchasing more goldfish for your pond is less expensive than purchasing koi
- Not all species of goldfish are suited to living in a pond. Some species simply cannot live in this environment
- For the species that can live in a garden pond, it’s best to keep them separate. It’s best not to mix different species in the same pond.
If weather conditions are warm enough then your pond will provide a very similar environment to your aquarium. This means it’s just an alternative means of containment for the water, but much bigger.
Pros of having a pond
- being able to have more goldfish as well as larger goldfish
- the water temperature will not change as quickly as it would in an aquarium
- having stabilized water is healthy and soothing to the goldfish
Cons of fish ponds
- more expenses involved in the care and maintenance of a pond
- the only view of the goldfish is overhead not an ‘all around’ view like an aquarium
- any maintenance needs to be done during daylight hours unless excellent outdoor lighting is available
You don’t have to have a large area for garden water ponds. However you do need to ensure that the filtering system is in good working order to avoid problems.
Should you choose to install a garden pond, you’ll want to make it beautiful and appealing so that the time you spend around it will be peaceful and enjoyable.