Pleasures of Koi Fish

Pond fish play an important role in the nitrogen cycle of an ecosystem pond. Not only do fish dine on algae, but they provide a beautiful flash of color as they glide in and out of waterlilies. Koi and other pond fish make great outdoor pets … even learning to eat right out of your hand, if you’re patient! When you have a water garden of your very own, you’ll grow to love your fish as much as you love your cat or dog!

An Eskimo Kiss is shared over a trickle of koi fish food pellets.
An Eskimo Kiss is shared over a trickle of fish food pellets. Fido might look like he’s snarling, but he actually adores the koi fish and watches over them every chance he gets.

This beautiful butterfly koi pond fish is a prized possession named Marathon.
This beautiful butterfly koi is a prized possession named Marathon. Special thanks to its owner for the photo!

This ethereal, white koi fish is truly stunning against the cool, dark, watery backdrop.
This ethereal, white koi fish is truly stunning against the cool, dark, watery backdrop.

Festive colored koi fish
This festive koi fish shows off his feathery fins, dancing about in the cool waters, swishing his tail first one way, and then the other.

Golden koi pond fish proudly flaunts the latest shade of lipstick.
And this golden gal proudly flaunts the latest shade of lipstick.

Dark colored koi pond fish
Sometimes hard to spot in the water, Mr. Dark and Mysterious koi fish reveals intricate designs in his shimmering scales.

A window frames the perfect view of these koi pond fish friends.
A window frames the perfect view of our finned koi fish friends. This is a perfect indoor spot for a morning cup of coffee, delighting in the views of the backyard oasis.

Close up koi pond fish in backyard pond.
You simply can’t ignore this face! He may look like a Grumpus-Ala-Bumpus, but this Japanese koi fish is actually quite pleased with his pond.

Black beauty koi pond fish skims the surface of the pond.
Another pond fish beauty skims the surface of the pond. They say not to name your fish, fearing you’ll become too attached. But when you see their personality reflected in the water garden, how could you resist naming your finned friends?

How many koi fish do you have in your water garden, and have you named them?