My little sister is getting married in about 2 months. She wants a small pond with koi at the reception, and I have the honor of getting the koi afterwards. I've been looking into aquaponics for a while now, and I think I understand the basics.
I've tried looking around the forum, but I haven't found a thread that answers my big question/questions: What do I need to do for the Koi? I'm having a hard time finding complete information on their care. Does anybody have any recommendations as far as tank size, water temperature, what feed to use, feeding schedule, etc., so on, and so forth?
And if Koi are a bad choice for aquaponics, does anybody know where I can rent Koi?
My understanding is that Koi are actually pretty easy fish to keep and that they would be great for aquaponics. They can get quite big though so you want something of appropriate size to keep them in. For really specific info on Koi there are probably plenty of Koi and pond forums you could search out on the internet. I know people can get really elaborate keeping koi (breeding and showing.)
I don't know where one would find a place to rent koi but I would probably start with an internet search and see if there are any koi clubs in your area. Large pretty koi can get rather $$. However, if one isn't a breeder or set on them needing to be Koi, have you thought of large goldfish (pretty carp?)
I would call around privately owned Tropical fish stores and they would / could point you in the right direction.
They usually now their repeating customers and building relations with them.
Around here, some of those fish stores are ""renting "" fish tank,equipment and fish to seafood restaurants and chinese food restaurants in exchange of their name and phone # on the tank.
There might be some koi clubs in your area you could get in contact with.