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    Hey all

    I was wondering if anyone has some experience keeping koi in an aquarium? I have read that it is doable, but would like some tips from anyones experience.

    I think my main question is thier tolerance of warm water. I would like to keep a koi with my clarius catfish who is a warm water fish. I have read that koi are quite tolerant of temperature ranges as long as the change isn't sudden. Any advice on this?

    Also, from what I've seen in ponds and such, koi are quite friendly and do not mind close contact with other fish. Is this true? The clarius is super freindly and rubs against anything it can.

    I am sure Ill have some other questions, but these are the start.

    thanks
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    koi need too much room when full grown to live in an aquarium. also i wouldn't keep them in warm water, they are a cold water fish.
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    The warm water is not really an issue. The main issue is that they can be well over two feet when full grown and are a schooling species. It would be one thing to start them off in a tank until they are moved to a pond, but keeping them permanently in a tank is a whole other story.
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    you would need a HUGE tank to be keeping them inside in a tank.

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    Newt, I think you'd end up with the same problem as you had with your tiger shovelnose catfish.
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    i used to have a few koi in a tank, and they got along with my comet feeder pet goldfish. they are fine in a bit of warm water, but be ready to have a big pond for them soon

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    Okay...I just don't get it...

    A kazillion different fish to choose from...and people want to try to keep the species they can't house! I REALLY don't get it.

    Koi are HUGE fish...they're bred to be kept in ponds and to be viewed from above...

    The fancies are too, to a certain extent...but because theyr'e so much smaller they do better in tanks...

    Please don't get a fish whose basic needs can't easily be met...
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    a koi tank would need outstanding filtration, almost impossible in my opinion.
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    Maybe newt has a pond that he/she can transfer the fish into. I do agree though, unless there are definitive plans for the fish once it outgrows the aquarium, large fish of any type should not be kept.
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    just wanted to add koi are extemely friendly, which adds to their appeal . It also makes it devastating if something happens to them. Like some have said I would really consider them a pond only fish.
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