Quarantining New Koi- Why Is It Important?
When one introduces a new Koi into their pet pond, they are more concerned with the fact of trying to make it easily adapt into its new environment along with the present inmates, without suffering any temperature and adaptation inconvenience.
Though acclimating a new Koi to its new habitat is very important, it is even more essential to make sure that the new member does not pose a threat to the health and life of the existing residents of the pond.
Most fish owners are more concerned about the size, color and pattern of the new Koi than its overall health, which is a probable reason for many resultant problems in the future. Every year a number of healthy Koi die because they are exposed to different dangerous parasites and diseases, which affect their wellbeing. A probable cause for this death toll is the lack of proper quarantining procedures for the newly acquired specimen, before introducing it into the pond.
If the new specimen is suffering from a disease, it can quickly contaminate the water, and pose a serious risk to the lives of the formerly healthy Koi. For all the fish owners who don’t want their prized and beloved Koi specimens to suffer any harm, it is imperative for them to exercise extra care before thinking of making a beautiful and colorful addition to their fish pond.
Furthermore, the entire process of the transmittal of the Koi into a new habitat proves to be a stressing experience for a specimen, which has an impact of weakening its immune system. A Koi with a weak immune system is at a high risk of contracting different diseases, which not only affects its own but might also impact the wellbeing of the other fish as well.
By quarantining the new Koi, the owners give it the required time to settle down and familiarize itself with the new surroundings, and the various water parameters including the pathogenic bacteria within the new habitat.
By quarantining the fish you can be sure of insuring the time and money spent in caring for the beloved pets and enjoying the prospect of adding a new member to the pond, to further a relaxing and fun filled hobby.