Aquatic Designs prides itself on offering a beautiful selection of healthy clean fish.  Our tanks are always stocked with koi, butterfly koi, comets, shubunkins, hi fin sharks and rosie reds.  Fish are only bought from reputable dealers.  Unlike large retailers and pet shops our fish are held in quarantine tanks for two weeks before being put in our display tanks and offered for sale.  We also offer tadpoles and trapdoor snails. 
Koi Family
Koi fish are bred primarily as ornamental fish and come in a variety of colors and sizes and can grow as big as 3’. There are 2 main types of koi and they are classified based on their physical appearance. Both varieties are hardy to this area, meaning they can tolerate the cold temperatures we experience in Indiana. Koi are also known to be a peaceful fish and can easily share a home with many different types of fish and critters including goldfish, frogs and tadpoles, rosie reds, and hi-fin sharks.

Standard Koi

This type of koi is characterized by having straighter, more traditional fins. They are also more valued in the world of koi and are known to be the “true” koi.

Butterfly Koi

This type of koi is characterized by having longer, more flowing fins that resemble butterfly wings. Many of our customers prefer the look of butterflies compared to standard.
Goldfish Family
Gold fish are also bred primarily as ornamental fish and come in a varieties of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are ideal for smaller water features as they typically only grow up to 12”.  Gold fish are  known to be hardier and cheaper than koi making them a great choice for beginners. They can survive the cold temperatures and are known to be a peaceful fish. We carry 3 different varieties of gold fish, each with their own unique characteristics.
Comets are primarily solid orange and referred to by many as the “common goldfish.” Although the majority are orange, comets can be found in black and white as well. Comets can also be found to have varying fin lengths; some have shorter “standard” fins and others have longer “butterfly” fins.


Shubunkins are similar to comets but are characterized by their brilliant colors. They can be found in varying shades of blue with orange, black and white spots. Many resemble the look of koi making them an extremely popular breed of goldfish.
Fantail gold fish are typically solid orange and are characterized by a shorter, more rounded body with a double tail.
Other Fish and Critters
Hi-Fin Shark Fish
Hi-Fin Sharks are ideal for backyard ponds and are algae-eating machines! They can easily tolerate the cold temperatures we experience. They are primarily bottom feeders and spend most of their time feeding on any and all excess algae found in your pond. These fish can be somewhat hard to find due to unknown breeding habits, making aquarium breeding next to impossible, and they are also found on the Chinese Endangered Species list due to increased pollution and dam construction.
Golden Orf
Golden orfes are a great way to add life to your pond. These fish have slender, torpedo-like bodies and are golden orange in color, often with tiny black spots. They are known to be a schooling fish, meaning they like to stay together in groups, and are primarily surface dwellers. They tend to be more active than koi and goldfish, but do need an adequately sized home as they have the potential to grow up to 20”.
Rosie Reds
Rosie Reds are a part of the minnow family and can easily be housed with a variety of other fish including koi, goldfish, hi-fin sharks, etc. These small pinkish red fish only grow to be around 2-3” but can dramatically increase the life and activity of your pond. They are known to be a schooling fish, meaning they like to stay together in groups, and are extremely energetic. They are hardy to the area and can remain in the pond all winter long.
Bullfrog Tadpoles
For some, their pond is not complete without the sound of croaking bullfrogs. Once grown, they are usually green to green-brown in color and can grow as big as 6”. Bullfrogs prefer to live in the vegetation along the edge of large, slow moving bodies of water and feed on just about anything that will fit in their mouth; this includes small fish, insects, birds, snakes, etc. They are hardy to the area and can be found hibernating at the bottom during the winter months. Once they turn into bullfrogs, they have been known to hop away from their home pond; many believe it is to search for love. It is encouraged to buy multiple tadpoles at one time to help prevent this from happening.
Trapdoor Snails
Snails are a perfect addition to help control algae. All day long, these snails will feed on dying vegetation and algae found on the sides and bottom of your water feature. They are one of the few breeds that can tolerate the cold temperatures Indiana experiences during the winter.