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Assorted Butterfly Koi
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Assorted Butterfly Koi (Cyprinus carpio)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 36-90° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.8-7.2
Max. Size 3'
Origin Bred in the USA
Family Cyprinidae
Minimum Pond Size 1000 gallons
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The Butterfly Koi boasts long, flowing fins that add grace and peace to even the largest backyard oasis. It is appropriately named for its long, flowing fins often resembling butterfly wings. It is these longer, distinct fins that differentiate the Butterfly Koi from standard Koi. The Butterfly Koi is available in a variety of colors and patterns, but is most commonly available in white, yellow, orange, or a combination of these colors. While Butterfly Koi can live longer than 200 years, their typical life span is 25 to 35 years.

The ideal setup for Butterfly Koi is a 1,000+ gallon pond with a fine gravel substrate, rocks, and hardy plants. Because these Koi savor plant roots and will dig to get to them, be sure to place large rocks around the base of plants to protect them. You will also need to provide adequate filtration to maintain proper water conditions.

Males are easily recognized by their concave anal section and occasionally by breeding spots on the head. Spawning may result in as many as 1,000 eggs, with fry emerging in approximately 4 to 7 days, depending on the water temperature. Feed fry small live foods or frozen daphnia for the first 3 to 4 weeks. At that time, gradually change their diet to crushed flake and pellet foods. Their color will emerge in about 3 to 12 weeks.

Feed Domestic Butterfly Koi a quality pellet or flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4-1/2"; Medium/Large: 4-1/2" to 6"; Large 6" to 7"; X-Large 7" to 8"

Customer Testimonials

Jan McLain Amarillo , TX
I have a white butterfly Koi in my pond, and it is my favorite fish to watch. Particularly in the evening, its graceful movements are almost hypnotic and somehow calming. I plan to purchase more of these beautiful fish! The body of the fish remains relatively small in comparison to my other koi, but the fins grow longer each year. My butterfly koi is about 6 years old now, and his fins are almost twice the length of his body - you MUST have at least one of these elegant beauties in your pond or aquarium. They are the best stress reduction therapy you will ever find!
Patti Thorne Odenton , MD
Of all the pond fish I've had, my favorite was my butterfly koi. Unfortunately, my oldest fish died this winter during a bitter cold period. It was at least 10 years old. I plan to get another once I get the pond planted this spring. The grace with which they float through the water is absolutely beautiful.
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