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Pond Fish for Your Backyard Pond

Learn which pond fish will work best in your backyard pond with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

If you want more than just fountains and plants in your backyard pond, you can add some pond fish. With the proper aeration and water quality, fish can thrive in your fish pond. Knowing which fish to get is essential for the best results. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can make your pond even more unique with the addition of pond fish.

Pond Fish for Your Backyard Pond
Introducing fish to your backyard pond can add a unique and personal touch to any water feature. Learn about common pond fish, such as koi and goldfish, with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Common Types of Pond Fish


Members of the carp family, Koi come in a variety of colors and patterns. Koi can grow up to two feet in length, and need about 1,000 gallons of water for an ideal environment. In other words, a koi pond will need to be at least three or four feet deep. These hardy pond fish can live 15 – 20 years when given the proper care.


Goldfish can thrive in just about any pond size, so they’re perfect for a smaller water garden feature. There are plenty of colors and varieties of goldfish to choose from. All three of the following goldfish are standard for backyard ponds:

Comet – These are the most common goldfish that you’ll find in a backyard pond. They’re slightly slimmer and smaller than a common goldfish. They’re typically orange, but colors can vary from fish to fish.

Fantail – Characterized by their split tail fin, Fantails are shorter and rounder than Comets.

Shubunkin – Similar in body shape to the Comet, Shubunkin come in different colors. They’re typically light blue with patterns of black, brown, white or a darker blue.

Pond Fish Care & Maintenance

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re stocking your pond is proper aeration. Pond fish need an adequate oxygen supply in order to survive. Adding a fountain or waterfall to your pond is an easy and efficient way to aerate your pond water. Plus, your pond will have another personal touch.

It’s also important to not overstock your pond. For goldfish, you’ll need three gallons of water for every inch of fish. For larger fish, such as Koi, you’ll need five gallons of water for every inch of fish. If you’re building a new pond, wait at least a week so the pond pump and filter are properly operating and cleaning the pond.

Feeding routines can vary from fish to fish. Basically, fish need enough food that can be eaten within one to three minutes of feeding. Fish will need less food in the colder months, when their metabolisms slow down. Of course, always work with your fish supplier to come up with the best feeding plan.

Adding fish to your backyard pond is just one way to add a unique and personal touch. For more tips on creating the perfect outdoor space, visit our Water Gardens & Backyard Ponds blog.


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