Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Posted Dec 19, 2014
Shiro Utsuri is a beautiful species of koi, but they are super expensive. Personally, I could only afford one and I still can’t believe I spent that much on a fish. It’s kind of understandable as it is considered a show ring variety; unfortunately, I don’t know much about the mechanics of that area.
They’re cared for much like a normal Koi. 100 gallons per fish in the pond is optimal and a pump and skimmer should be installed to help keep your water habitat clean. As far as food, Koi enjoy a mixed diet of both meat and vegetation. Lettuce, boiled hard veggies, fruit such as oranges and watermelon, and specialized Koi flake food are excellent suggestions when it comes to feeding. Planting live vegetation within your pond would be an amazing idea as well- Koi love to snack on plants such as Water Hyacinth, Water Poppies, and Lotus flowers. However, roots and bases of plants should be protected by rocks or other obstacles if you don’t intend to constantly replace them. (Added bonus: water plants help to filter the water, add oxygen to the environment, and serve as safety nets for Koi eggs!)
All in all, I love watching my little Shiro in its pond. His coloration is gorgeous and I find it very relaxing to sit in a swing by his habitat. Occasionally he will come up and nibble my fingers, which has entertained many guests!