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  1. Joel, this is a sample of some of the ponds on my...

    Joel, this is a sample of some of the ponds on my place. The two square ponds are for water lilies and goldfish, The big formal style pond is my standard koi, the big more natural looking pond is for...
  2. Placing a screen will increase the chances of the...

    Placing a screen will increase the chances of the drain clogging, but it can be done. reducing flow rate is also an option but I recommend staying with the 4" drain, IMO the suction is less due to...
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    I keep Oranda's and Ryukins in my outside pond,...

    I keep Oranda's and Ryukins in my outside pond, we may get some ice crystals along the edges a few times a year but nothing drastic. They have been fine for a couple of years now. I see no problem...
  4. Nancy, I love your post and pictures, Great...

    Nancy, I love your post and pictures, Great example to ponder on. I do have one question though. Why would you say your fish aren't awesome? You have some of my favorite goldfish in your ponds, Long...
  5. From the sounds of your plans I would say your...

    From the sounds of your plans I would say your heading more the direction of Koi or if goldfish, Going to have to be large ones. The small ones will get sucked into the bottom drains unless you...
  6. I think IMO I would focus more on the what you...

    I think IMO I would focus more on the what you want for the final look. Do you want a natural looking pond with plants? Do you want a formal look? How much filtration are you planning and what...
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    I have not found that to be the case. I keep one...

    I have not found that to be the case. I keep one pond with Primarily Butterfly Koi and the other with mostly female standard koi. Both about the same stocking levels and water quality. By far I...
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    Love the tour Russ! It's always quite...

    Love the tour Russ! It's always quite interesting seeing the views from across the globe through someone else's eyes.
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    Actually Butterfly koi are MORE susceptible to...

    Actually Butterfly koi are MORE susceptible to fin and tail infections than standard Koi. the long fins have very tiny blood vessels and as the koi grow the fins and tail get longer and more fragile....
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    Russell, I noticed several of the Koi from this...

    Russell, I noticed several of the Koi from this farm have a Gin Rin look to them. (Post 98 5th picture down is a great example) What is that called? I see that on some higher quality Koi from time...
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    On a good note, it does appear to be in a lot...

    On a good note, it does appear to be in a lot better health and doesn't look to be nearly as under fed as originally posted.
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    I posted one fish for serious critique and it got...

    I posted one fish for serious critique and it got slammed. It was a favorite of mine and I loved it's pattern and color greatly. Russell was the first to slam me with it had a crooked head, then...
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    BTW, using this section is more used for critique...

    BTW, using this section is more used for critique for really serious show fish. Be prepared that many will plain and simply tell you the facts and not hold back. This area of the forum is great to...
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    On a scale of one to ten. One being poor pond...

    On a scale of one to ten. One being poor pond grade, 5 being average pond grade/upper pet store quality to 10 being a full blown high quality show koi. I would put the shusui at this point in time a...
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    I would suggest getting a subscription of Koi USA...

    I would suggest getting a subscription of Koi USA and reading as much as possible. I suggest Koi USA because they post pictures and allow you to be the judge, then you can go into the why's and...
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    I can try and help a little. In the above example...

    I can try and help a little. In the above example SFF would be the breeder, Sakura and Donguri would be the bloodline, or in other words the female used in that years spawning. Each breeder may use...
  17. Max I remember when you posted the ones I'm...

    Max I remember when you posted the ones I'm referring to they were your babies. I keep seeing an image in my mind that they were being netted. There were a few posted all about the same time and I...
  18. I couldn't find the exact pictures I was looking...

    I couldn't find the exact pictures I was looking for but these are close to the ones I'm referring to.
  19. Looking good Max! I always love following your...

    Looking good Max! I always love following your pulls. A couple of years ago I saw some young one you had that appeared almost like Ki Kikusui or Ki Doitsu and shiro colored. Not sure what you...
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    What actually causes the bleeding? 20+ years...

    What actually causes the bleeding? 20+ years keeping Koi and this was the first year I had ever noticed gills bleeding. One of the biggest fish in our spring Koi show A big Shiro Utsuri female...
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    I've seen some Oranda's and Ryukins that were...

    I've seen some Oranda's and Ryukins that were close to the size of a softball, so I would guess that it's possible one could get that large although the biggest I've ever seen is more the size of a...
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    I've had an issue with suspend algae particles...

    I've had an issue with suspend algae particles for the last two years. My pond is in full sun and summer temps can reach 90+ degrees. The pond doesn't get pea soup green or even close but at times I...
  23. Jim, I agree. It depends on many factors and one...

    Jim, I agree. It depends on many factors and one is stocking level to how much food is being processed to waste. I average aprox 5-7% daily but I do flow through and then when flushing sieves and...
  24. Ask and you shall receive. :kpparty:

    Ask and you shall receive. :kpparty:
  25. Final set.

    Final set.
  26. Just saw this posted by John Ames on FB.

    Just saw this posted by John Ames on FB.
  27. Michael, I had a real blast, it really was a...

    Michael, I had a real blast, it really was a pleasure meeting and hanging out with you and Kyle. My biggest regret was trying to hang with you young bucks at the banquet, My head throbbed until well...
  28. It was great to meet you today, and congrats on...

    It was great to meet you today, and congrats on the awards. I'm surprised the Ki Utsuri didn't do more. That's one of the best I have seen at the show and all considering it actually held it's...
  29. Wow, Our tanks are right around the corner from...

    Wow, Our tanks are right around the corner from each other. Can't believe we haven't met and put faces with names I'll be bagging up in the morning so maybe we'll meet then. To late to down load...
  30. Barb, might not be a bad idea to check the...

    Barb, might not be a bad idea to check the ammonia tests with distilled water. If you get a zero then you'll know it's pond conditions, if it still reads .25 it's probably the test solutions. I...
  31. My questions back would be, What show are you...

    My questions back would be, What show are you considering for GC? Where would you be considering purchasing this Tosai?
    The question at hand is pretty Vague. I would still say the chances are...
  32. TM, poor water can have effects on color, poor...

    TM, poor water can have effects on color, poor water can make skin look more washed out and faded, it gives a dull appearance instead of the luster that most want to achieve. Tempature can effect...
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    Congrats! Well Deserved

    Congrats! Well Deserved
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    I'll have to say, Not very often you see a Koi...

    I'll have to say, Not very often you see a Koi that starts off not looking to have much potential and it improve. Even rarer is one that improves this dramatically. I also don't think I've ever...
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    Bill also think, There are a lot of shops on the...

    Bill also think, There are a lot of shops on the West coast and the price seems IMO to be quite a bit higher for a decent quality Koi on the West coast than the east coast or southern part of the...
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    I just went through the same thing with two Koi...

    I just went through the same thing with two Koi over 30". I can relate what your going through. Don't worry to much, mine went almost 3 weeks before I saw them eat the first time and after 8 weeks...
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    I've been using JPD All weather with wheat germ. ...

    I've been using JPD All weather with wheat germ. I do feed this once water drops below 60 but similar to you, we may get down below 50 for only a few days at a time. So as long as water is in that...
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    So sorry to hear about Gary, very beautiful fish...

    So sorry to hear about Gary, very beautiful fish and I can see why it was one of your favorites. Glenda, was this fish produced from a spawning or purchased? Reason I'm asking, I don't see...
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    Jim, I agree, Showing doesn't mean you have to...

    Jim, I agree, Showing doesn't mean you have to bring a $500+ fish to enjoy being a part of it. I really could care less about winning a plate or plaque. I am enjoying the learning experience and...
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    I have a pond I assist in helping with, They run...

    I have a pond I assist in helping with, They run two S/G filters on 2100 gallons with 19 fish, two over 20", there is a small flow though bio-filter just before the water fall return but I am sure...
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    I built my pond with the intentions to get in and...

    I built my pond with the intentions to get in and swim with the koi and video tape them. I've yet to get a decent video, but I've swam with them more times than I can count. Chances are you will be...
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    Thanks for doing this. Please put my name in the...

    Thanks for doing this. Please put my name in the hat.
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    Beautiful fish and should be a lot of fun to...

    Beautiful fish and should be a lot of fun to watch grow. I'm not a person that should judge, Not enough experience but IMO the fish looks long and thin. To me it doesn't look underfed thin as much...
  44. Thread: Showa #1

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    Looking really nice! Very typical Sumi for that...

    Looking really nice! Very typical Sumi for that size showa from Purdin, Bill calls it a different kind of sumi, Not kage. Itt gets better the bigger they get. She's on course to be a big fish. ...
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    Barb, thanks for responding and bringing the...

    Barb, thanks for responding and bringing the awareness. I read your post tonight as I must have missed it earlier. I started doing some more research and the more I read the more I realize that my...
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    Stephen, I've looked at a lot of tubs and ponds...

    Stephen, I've looked at a lot of tubs and ponds of fish and I can say I don't think I've ever looked at a whole group and drool over every single fish. There are some really beautiful fish in the...
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    It was a pleasure to talk and learn from Ray at...

    It was a pleasure to talk and learn from Ray at our first show this year. Ray was the kind of man that would sit and tell you a lifetime of information if he had the time to. He will most...
  48. I did get a confirmation that he received my...

    I did get a confirmation that he received my entry. I still had a question and the PM he sent was brief. No biggy, If I think about what I'm needing to ask I'll try and ask it at the show. I...
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    Rick, How's the moonshine in them there parts...

    Rick, How's the moonshine in them there parts these days? If your pants are in the steam above the water falls, I hope your in the Jacuzzi not the Koi pond! LOL
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    In my butterfly pond I am averaging 1 15-16" koi...

    In my butterfly pond I am averaging 1 15-16" koi per 350 gallons. There is plenty of room to exercise, I do keep the water in good shape, lots of natural bog filtration and mechanical filtration and...
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