The Koi family has many types of carp categorized by color and pattern. Platinum Ogon has a Japanese origin within the Koi family consisting of a single plain color with a metallic look. Also known as Purachina Ogon, Platinum Ogon easily stands out of any pond because of its bright metallic sheen.
If you own a pond and would like to try a newer species, Platinum Ogon Koi may be the best Japanese koi for you! Use this guide to learn more about the Ogon Koi and how you can safely introduce the species into your beautiful koi pond.
Adding new Platinum Ogon on your pond is exciting, but your approach should be cautious and well-researched. Here are the essential care tips to ensuring a Platinum Ogon is safe and healthy in your pond.
Platinum Ogon are omnivorous and can feed on anything that humans eat. Feeding every day is highly recommended because they are active. The essential diet should consist of balanced commercial food purchased from a retail store.
In addition, you can feed the fish watermelons, oranges, seafood such as shrimp and prawns, and related foods, provided that the food is not pre-cooked and is not stale.
Temperature plays a vital role in determining the type of food the Platinum Ogon will feed on. The fish can easily digest protein food in summer, but protein digestion becomes low in winter, meaning you should avoid protein-related foods in the colder months.
Platinum Ogon breeds naturally in summer or spring. The male Platinum Ogon starts the breeding process by stimulating the female Ogon to lay eggs. The eggs settle at the bottom of the pool, either on stones or algae. The male Ogon releases sperms, which fertilize the eggs. Not all eggs get fertilized because some may be consumed by other fish, while others may not be properly fertilized. The breeding process takes a maximum of seven days.
The pond should be clean and well filtrated to boost the survival rate of the Platinum Ogon Koi. Here are a few pond care and maintenance tips to observe: