Shirley Aquatics Urges Amateur Koi Carp Owners To Invest In A Decent Pond Pump

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Midlands-based Shirley Aquatics are urging Koi Carp owners to invest in the correct equipment for their pond this Spring. With ornamental fish such as Israeli and Japanese Koi Carp continuing to be a popular choice - the necessity of well oxygenated, circulating pond water is vital to the survival of the fish.

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My father was one of the first people to start importing Koi Carp from Japan on a large scale.

In their native country of Japan, 'Koi' is a homophone for another word which means 'love'- signifying their symbolism of affection and friendship. Japan is famous for their ornate, decorative gardens, often with features such as Koi Carp ponds.

Richard Cook, Managing Director at Shirley Aquatics said: "My father was one of the first people to start importing Koi Carp from Japan on a large scale.

"Our family-run business has been at the forefront of the aquarium and pond industry for over 70 years. We still continue to work in close partnership with our Japanese and Israeli Koi Carp suppliers."

Koi Carp require a considerable investment of time and money in order for them to thrive. There are an number of factors that affect the appearance, health and longevity of the ornamental fish.

These include:

  • Water quality
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Parasites
  • Poor nutrition

Whether they're submersible or external, pond pumps are considered to be the heart of the pond, Koi Carp produce a lot of waste, so good filtration is a must. By introducing additional oxygen into the water, it helps maintain the eco-balance of the pond, as plants alone will not keep fish alive.

"Koi Carp when cared for properly can live for up to 100 years, bringing many years of pleasure and enjoyment.

"Their monetary value is derived from pattering, colour and condition- things which are influenced and controlled by diet, environment and maintenance. This starts with ensuring they have enough water to move around in and that the pond pump you've installed is circulating enough water," Mr Cook concluded.

For more information on Koi Carp products, pond pumps and related accessories they stock, visit the Shirley Aquatics website or call 0121 744 1300.


About Shirley Aquatics
Shirley Aquatics has been at the forefront of the pond and aquarium industry for over 70 years. Established in 1939 they are the first company to ever bring Japanese Koi Carp into the UK. The family run business is renowned for exceptional customer service and extensive product ranges. Over the last 6 years Shirley Aquatics has grown in size and character and now has one of the regions most reputable reptile departments.

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