Choosing the Type of Fish, Turtles and Frogs for Your Pond

koi fish in pond with dog

After you have done all the preparations for making your very own backyard fish pond it’s time to decide what type of fish, turtles and frogs you are going to add to it. You can find a variety of pond fish and get the ones that you find the loveliest and the ones that you can easily take care of. The type of fish, turtles, frogs and other creatures you choose has a great influence on the beauty of the pond and the pond environment.


Now there are two types of goldfish that you can select. One is the comet goldfish and the other is the shubunkin goldfish which is also known as calico goldfish. The comet goldfish is capable of handling all kinds of pond environment and conditions. They have great surviving capabilities and can bear the changes in temperature and quality of water without getting affected. They are mostly available in a variety of colors and you can select a few different ones to give a vibrant touch to your pond. The shubunkin goldfish is pretty much like a comet goldfish in terms of looks but their bodies are covered with black spots and they have much brighter colors.

fish in koi pond water garden


Koi are the best fish to accompany the goldfish in the pond. You can find a wide range of koi in terms of quality and type. Some of these are expensive while some other can be quite inexpensive. They can bear the temperature changes well but sometimes may be affected by sudden temperature change. They live for quite a lot of years as well. The word koi comes from Japanese, simply meaning “carp”. It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as koi in English are referred to more specifically as nishikigoi in Japan (literally meaning “brocaded carp”). In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.


Trout is another type of fish that can thrive in your backyard pond. Although most of these are considered to be stream fish but they can do fairly well in ponds too. You can find them in a great variety. Some types grow faster than others and all of these are considered to be cold water fish.

Just remember to select fish that can live together and share the pond and food without trouble.

Other Water Creatures

Just like plants some other water creatures are also capable of keeping the pond water clean and healthy. Some of these include frogs, turtles, snails and catfish.

Snails benefit the pond environment by feeding on algae. They can easily live through the winter and are able to reproduce so you will not need to increase the stock yourself. They also help in cleaning up the waste products from the water.
The best thing about catfish is that they can live in the same space with koi. You can add these so that they can get rid of the waste material.

frog with fish
Adding tadpoles is also a great idea because they grow into frogs and then eat up the insects and fish eggs. They give a more natural look to the whole pond environment and you can enjoy watching them sitting on the water lilies. They feed on mosquitoes as well so your home will be mostly safe from mosquito attacks.

In conclusion, the things to consider while selecting pond critters are the size of the pond, the ability of fish to withstand changes in temperature and the ability to live together in harmony. Once all that is set you can enjoy yourself feeding the pond animals and relaxing by the side of the pond.

turtle in koi pond water garden


If you need fish, plants or other supplies shipped to you…and yes, they do expertly ship live fish…please contact Blackwater Creek Koi Farms near Orlando, Florida.

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