Is your koi fish pregnant and full of eggs? Are you anticipating the new babies and how many they will be? Or do you plan on breeding koi fish, but you do not have much knowledge about it? You will find detailed answers to these questions and many more in this article.
A female koi fish can carry about a hundred thousand eggs for every 1 kilogram of body weight. It means a 5-kilogram female koi fish will take about 500,000 eggs in her. Koi fish have a 60% hatch rate, which means a 5kg koi will have 300,000 babies at a time.
How Long is a Koi Fish Pregnant?
Technically, koi fish do not get pregnant because they lay eggs and do not give their babies alive. They only carry their eggs in them until they are ready to fertilize them. Koi fish can surprisingly be pregnant with their eggs for about one year.
The female starts forming the eggs in her body and lays them during the male koi breeding season to fertilize them. The males usually encourage the females to drop the eggs during the spawning season. The female-only starts to develop eggs when she becomes mature.
It takes about a year for her to develop the eggs ultimately. Once the eggs are ready, she might still carry them for days, depending on how she wants the egg fertilized. As soon as they drop the egg, they start developing another set of eggs, leaving the males to do the fertilization thing.
How Often Do Koi Fish Lay Eggs?
Spawning in koi fish is usually an annual activity for koi fish, which means they will breed and lay eggs once every year. Some koi will spawn and lay eggs twice a year, but the first set of eggs will be more than the latter group of eggs. Usually, when they spawn during spring, the next time they will breed is the coming spring, unless in rare cases when they spawn twice a year.
Spawning usually occurs during late spring, when the water is warmer. Koi fish will lay their eggs and start repairing for the next spawning period. You have to provide the adequate requirement for your koi fish to enhance their spawning activities.
The best water temperature that supports koi fish breeding is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature can vary a little with slight variations, and the fish will still reproduce. When the temperature goes extreme, the koi fish might not find it suitable to spawn as the female might not even lay her eggs in the first place.
The water’s pH also has to be favorable for koi fish to spawn as the females will not want to lay their eggs in an unconducive environment. You have to make the water clean and free from dirt to create a good spawning site for your koi fish. Your koi fish will spawn and lay their eggs at the right time if you provide the proper condition.
How Many Koi Fish Eggs Will Hatch?
The number of koi fish eggs that will hatch depends on the number of eggs laid. The amount of eggs laid is dependent on the body size and weight of the koi fish. When a female koi fish lays her eggs, roughly 60 percent of the eggs will hatch into baby koi.
Female koi fish will lay about hundred thousand eggs per kilogram of body weight. It means a 10-kilogram female koi fish can lay up to one million eggs. The number of eggs provided by the female koi fish can vary; it can be more or lesser than the stated figure.
Only about 60 percent of the eggs laid will hatch into babies. It means when a 10-kilogram koi fish lays her eggs, only about 600,000 eggs will hatch into baby koi fish. The other eggs are at the mercy of nature and other fish.
What Do Baby Koi Fish Look Like?
Baby koi fish do not look much like their parents or any adult koi fish. They tend to have a dull appearance with an almost plain brown color. They are usually of very small sizes and are difficult to differentiate from other small aquatic animals.
Their dull colors serve as a protective measure against predators as bright will portray them as a meal to other fish. The koi baby fish are tiny that you cannot determine the type of pattern they will grow to have. You have to protect the baby koi fish from predators as their small size will make them easy prey for hungry fish.
Below is a video which shows what the baby koi fish look like
Do Koi Fish Eat Their Babies?
Koi fish will eat their babies when they are still eggs or very small and resemble small insects. They eat their babies not because they are aggressive or cannibalistic but because they do not recognize them. The babies are usually small and resemble small insects and aquatic organisms that koi fish eat.
Once the baby koi fish starts to grow into adult fish and start to look more like their parents, the koi fish will stop eating them. You will start to notice the koi fish eating the eggs or babies right from when the spawning starts. Mothers will even eat their eggs when they come across them due to the stated reasons.
Why Are My Koi Eggs Turning White
When your koi eggs turn white, it means there is a problem with the egg. This problem can prevent the eggs from hatching into baby koi fish. One of the reasons your koi eggs are turning white is because they have not undergone fertilization.
When the male does not properly or completely fertilize the female’s eggs, the eggs start turning white after a while. Without being fertilized, the eggs will not hatch into baby koi fish, making the egg a waste of time and resources. Another reason the egg turns white is when it gets infected by fungi.
Fungi infestation usually occurs when the male does not fertilize the egg. Unfertilized eggs are prone to fungi attack and will cause trouble for the other fertilized eggs. The unfertilized eggs attract fungus, and when the fungus affects them, they move to the fertilized ones to continue the job they started.
Once you notice the attack from fungi on any egg, you should remove the tank’s eggs to avoid getting other koi eggs affected. Make sure you provide adequate water conditions for the eggs to prevent them from any problem.
Koi fish can have many babies ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of babies. The amount of babies they can have depends on the capacity of the mother. Make sure you take the mother to have a large capacity, and she will provide you with many babies.