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    Redman another way to keep some bacteria alive,...

    Redman another way to keep some bacteria alive, if you don't get a cover this winter is to place filter media in your pond. For instance I have some shower filters made with milk crates. I can just...
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    What zone are you in? Depending on your...

    What zone are you in?

    Depending on your weather zone, gallons and depth of your pond makes a difference in your options. If your pond is in the full sun in the winter and not too large a simply...
  3. question on breeding orandas and ryukins with butterfly tail

    There are some beautiful oranda butterfly and ryukin butterfly cross pictures on google.

    When these are bred together do some of these show up in the first spawn or does it take many crosses of...
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    When I first inquired about a Hi Utsuri I got the...

    When I first inquired about a Hi Utsuri I got the same advice about the shimmies and was sold a Hi Showa.

    I saw some videos of Shinoda Hi Utsuri and they were so graceful and impressive.

    I...
  5. Thread: Turmeric

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    What part of the plant does the tumeric come...

    What part of the plant does the tumeric come from? Does it make a seed?
  6. 1 1/2 inch. Put together with T fittings and...

    1 1/2 inch. Put together with T fittings and hooped over pond and placed on rebar hammered into the ground. Worked well until it got several inches of wet snow.
  7. My pond is 18 x 35 foot. I tried a PVC frame but...

    My pond is 18 x 35 foot. I tried a PVC frame but when it snowed it collapsed and broke some of the PVC pipes. I then placed a hoop style greenhouse frame over it. My plan was to take the frame down...
  8. I live just south of Petersburg Virginia and have...

    I live just south of Petersburg Virginia and have never lost small koi because of winter temperatures here. The small koi are usually seen swimming around all winter and munching on the algae. Even...
  9. Thread: Taro

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    A place near here once had a variety called pink...

    A place near here once had a variety called pink polka dot. I once had one and lost it and have not seen any since. It had round pink polka dots all over the leaves. Has any one else ever seen it?
  10. Thread: Gruesome Find

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    The koi did it. Many years ago when some of my...

    The koi did it. Many years ago when some of my koi were small they were terrorized and some eaten by the bullfrogs. Their revenge when they got big was to strip the flesh off the legs of any frogs...
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    Most of us with ponds would probably be dead if...

    Most of us with ponds would probably be dead if the water was that dangerous. The majority of us have probably survived it without any problem at all.

    Things that can potentially kill us are...
  12. I have heard of many people who have lost fish...

    I have heard of many people who have lost fish due to using alga fix. My cousin and a neighbor both lost fish with a second dose of algaefix.

    I looked up the ingredients and found a post on this...
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    I have had success with small filters with pads...

    I have had success with small filters with pads or foam that were left in a pond with fish but not running, When needed for a small tank or QT I just pull them out rinse slightly and they were...
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    You have some pretty nice looking fry for an...

    You have some pretty nice looking fry for an unplanned spawn.

    How cold does it get in the winter? Does your pond freeze over? (I am thinking Vancouver is one of the warmer areas???)

    If your...
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    There are some who have successfully kept koi in...

    There are some who have successfully kept koi in an aquaponics system.

    If they don't have enough room (water) it won't take you long to find out because their health and growth will suffer. But...
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    I have some old filters that had large sponges...

    I have some old filters that had large sponges they can take the fines out of the water and make it very clear. Mine worked ok in a small pond, but like Rich said they are a bit of work to clean and...
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    Hi Gemma, welcome to koiphen. The first things...

    Hi Gemma, welcome to koiphen.

    The first things the experts will ask is the PH, ammonia, nitrite, GH and KH of your pond.
    Many times people will say they are fine and then we find out they are not...
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    I saw an interesting thing with one of the fish....

    I saw an interesting thing with one of the fish. I have a metallic karashigoi that got from Russ. She had started to look like a gray chagoi.

    She was one of the later ones to get sick, but...
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    I doubt it is KHV. I think most of the fish...

    I doubt it is KHV.

    I think most of the fish were getting better after the PP and first Terminate treatment. Only had one or 2 in lots of distress at that point, until the second treatment of...
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    Most of the fish that died were the ones that...

    Most of the fish that died were the ones that came from Japan. Of course I lost the best and my favorites.
    Apparently my domestics of which most raised here are more hardy or resistant.

    I also...
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    I have not gone more than 24 hours without...

    I have not gone more than 24 hours without opening the bottom drains and then letting the geotherm refill it. I did this after the PP treatment and after the first Terminate treatment, before adding...
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    When I had costia before, I noticed the veining...

    When I had costia before, I noticed the veining and pinkness under the skin. Also the sickest had pink in tail and fins.

    I have read that imbedded costia release toxins into the koi. This is what...
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    I did a scrape and scope after the first couple...

    I did a scrape and scope after the first couple of days, but after PP on one of the sickest koi. From multiple scrapes at first I saw nothing. Then found 2 things resembling chilodonella, but did not...
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    Ammonia 0 nitrite 0 PH 8.2 GH and KH 180/200 ...

    Ammonia 0
    nitrite 0
    PH 8.2
    GH and KH 180/200

    Water temperature 75.2 at the surface, probably cooler at 6 foot (summer cooler water sinks?)
    This pond stays cooler in summer and warmer in...
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    My continued fight of costia

    The costia attacked my fish without any forewarning symptoms and before I knew what was happening I had quite a few fish in my pond in serious distress.

    I apparently missed the first symptom and...
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    Good job and such a nice thing to do for your...

    Good job and such a nice thing to do for your mother.

    Thanks for sharing pictures.

    My very first koi also started out in a bathtub. I did not have a clue at the time how big they would get.
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    I had that problem once with a bunch of...

    I had that problem once with a bunch of bronze/brown ugly goldfish. Caught and placed them all in a bucket while I decided what to do with them and was trying to avoid what I knew I should do with...
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    I was thinking any open filtration would also be...

    I was thinking any open filtration would also be a concern as far as touching one system and then the other or splashing from the fish in QT to any open filtration.
  29. Thread: "Bloated" Koi

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    There is probably no chance to save it....

    There is probably no chance to save it. Euthanization is probably the kindest thing to do.
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    I would be concerned that the quarantine tank is...

    I would be concerned that the quarantine tank is too close to my main pond and therefore too easy to contaminate my main pond in the case of KHV.
  31. Finally caught a fish yesterday that was not...

    Finally caught a fish yesterday that was not doing well and performed and scrape and scope. At first I did not see any thing. After searching several slides I finally saw the costia, not as heavy as...
  32. I used 28 teaspoons of PP and when the ORP...

    I used 28 teaspoons of PP and when the ORP started to drop I added 4 more teaspoons. Pond is 17,000 gallons. I watched the ORP continual to make sure it stayed close to 500. I have used PP quite a...
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    I once saw a video of a heron (green heron I...

    I once saw a video of a heron (green heron I think) walking along the shore and throwing some bread crumps into the water and waiting for the fish that came up to eat the bread crumbs. Yep, I agree...
  34. How long do I need to leave the pp in my pond to nuke costia?

    Had to treat the pond after work. ORP has been 496 to 502 for 2 hours now. How long do I need to leave it to be effective before neutralizing it?

    Last time I went to bed thinking it would spend...
  35. Thread: tobies

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    One of the nicest longfins from my spawns here is...

    One of the nicest longfins from my spawns here is a Tobie. I started to get rid of her since when she was growing rapidly her fins were not that long, but when her growth slowed down her fins caught...
  36. Beautiful pond.

    Beautiful pond.
  37. Thread: Duck Weed

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    I think it spreads to any container with water...

    I think it spreads to any container with water here, by little pieces that stick to a frogs back.

    I have to keep some in containers without any fish, my koi will eat it all.
  38. Thread: What is this?

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    I have plant leeches here. I have never seen one...

    I have plant leeches here. I have never seen one on a koi. Either they don't bother koi or the koi eat them. I would not worry as long as you don't see them on the koi or have unexplained wounds.
    ...
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    Do you keep any fish in your lily ponds? How...

    Do you keep any fish in your lily ponds?

    How often do you repot your lilies?
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    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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    " Is anyone else concerned with such a large,...

    " Is anyone else concerned with such a large, unsupported, steep wall? I certainly recognize that Virginia clay, but even with a concrete collar, isn't there a concern that the bottom third, say, of...
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    " was concerned that eventually I would run out...

    " was concerned that eventually I would run out of money trying to buy all the stuff that it means the larger I get. Do you think with the"

    Most of us try to live on a budget and sometimes others...
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    I have mixed PP with water in a 1 liter jug and...

    I have mixed PP with water in a 1 liter jug and poured part of it in my pond and did not use it all. The rest in the jug seemed to oxidize anyway because it turned brown. I assumed it was no longer...
  44. It may require more folds than a rectangular...

    It may require more folds than a rectangular shape, but the biggest thing is it will give you less gallons for the same size liner. In other words a rectangular shape would give more gallons using...
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    Karl I also like anacharis for my goldfish. Works...

    Karl I also like anacharis for my goldfish. Works well and keeping the water clear and the goldfish really like to munch on they leaves. I think they eat algae (very thin growth on leaves) and...
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    I have many long fin koi. That fin looks almost...

    I have many long fin koi. That fin looks almost like an injury. That net or rocks, (I think I saw rocks in your pond) and anything else in a pond are possible source of injury to a long fin koi's...
  47. Thread: KOI Spawning

    by koi4u2c
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    "Koi spawning" - from sea to shining sea. (from...

    "Koi spawning" - from sea to shining sea. (from the west coast to the east coast)

    Went to feed my koi in the big pond last night and they were all congregated around the air disks at the surface...
  48. I am not familiar with CA, but here in Virginia,...

    I am not familiar with CA, but here in Virginia, greenish yellow dust in the spring is pollen. At it's worst the dust covers everything outside including the surface of the ponds if the water is...
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    Most of my culls are from breeding here, but most...

    Most of my culls are from breeding here, but most are fairly nice looking fish.

    My largest pond has no apparent offspring from last year. Most of my current culls are from several years ago.
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    Now that you have found it to be useful it will...

    Now that you have found it to be useful it will probably disappear.:D:
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