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    My personal opinion is to go buy a couple feeder...

    My personal opinion is to go buy a couple feeder fish to start the biological process, but if you are hooking up the shower filter you've been using to the main pond, you might actually be ok without...
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    Very nice! Still bummed I lost my tropical,...

    Very nice! Still bummed I lost my tropical, though I probably didn't have the greatest spot to keep it in the winter anyway.
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    I may have to order some of these...

    I may have to order some of these...
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    I saw my largest koi still swimming around in the...

    I saw my largest koi still swimming around in the pond. I couldn't see the rest, but the pond is not nearly as clear as usual either.
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    Thanks Darlene, that's what I'm looking for....

    Thanks Darlene, that's what I'm looking for. Anyone have experience with Black Moores in colder water? Anyone have photos of their fancy goldfish ponds? Anyone have experience with fancys in zone 5...
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    Very nice!
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    Cool, thanks! I am just thinking Maybe a couple...

    Cool, thanks! I am just thinking Maybe a couple Ryukins, Orandas and some regular Fancy. I still like the idea of Wakins, but they get a little bigger than I'd like to keep in a 120 over the winter,...
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    He was there for like a week straight almost...

    He was there for like a week straight almost every time I was out there. Now I haven't seen him for a few weeks?
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    Good to hear. I think I get probably a little...

    Good to hear. I think I get probably a little colder here than you do, but good to hear that even with some ice they were ok. What kinds of fancies do you have?
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    Which Fancy?

    I have 3 large tanks outdoors. The smallest is about 80 gallons. These are watering troughs basically. I have to shut them down in the winter and will be bringing in the goldfish. I have a 30 gallon...
  11. I honestly didn't do regular enough ammonia...

    I honestly didn't do regular enough ammonia readings to tell you. I just did regular water changes. The koi varied from like 6" to 14". Most were on the smaller side.
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    I think he may have given up because he couldn't...

    I think he may have given up because he couldn't catch anything anymore. The koi are in a well set up hard to access pond. The goldfish were in a much easier access pond.
  13. With an aquaponics system, you may be just fine...

    With an aquaponics system, you may be just fine for now, but you need alot of plants to suck up the ammonia. I had about 8 koi in an 800 gallon aquaponics system with a few hybrid bluegill (5 I...
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    Great Blue Heron - Migration

    So I had a Great Blue show up on my property for the first time in the 4 years I've been working with ponds outdoors. It cleaned most of the goldfish out of my goldfish pond and was watching the koi...
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  16. Thread: Turmeric

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    Wow, love the variety of your plants Craig....

    Wow, love the variety of your plants Craig. Always blows me away. And then you go for the practical use plants on top of it!
  17. http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?10193...

    http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showthread.php?101931-Indoor-Koi-Spa-10

    Here's my favorite. He's done quite a few, but this one turned out really nice.
  18. I looked into one of these as well, the guys that...

    I looked into one of these as well, the guys that I found the most info on them from was over at MonsterFishKeepers.com. I don't believe that I've ever seen one built for saltwater though. I saw some...
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    24 inches, minimum. I'm in zone 5 in MI here, and...

    24 inches, minimum. I'm in zone 5 in MI here, and I have mine at 28 inches and 24 inches. I was concerned with out colder than usual winter last year, but all of the lillies made it.
  20. What you'll find is that many shop-keepers (if...

    What you'll find is that many shop-keepers (if they're anything like pet shop owners here in the U.S.) are rarely experts in any one animal, and even if they are, may have their bottom line in mind...
  21. Thread: Furious

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    Yeah, not cool, but I would agree that unless...

    Yeah, not cool, but I would agree that unless temps were high, you should be just fine. Even then you are probably ok as long as temps weren't extremely high.
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    Agreed, they look like goldfish to me.

    Agreed, they look like goldfish to me.
  23. Thread: Taro

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    You guys are killing me! I have pretty much given...

    You guys are killing me! I have pretty much given up on Taros.
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    It look's like you've done a great job on a...

    It look's like you've done a great job on a budget. I also built mine on a budget, but I'm hoping to change things up again before too long.
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    So excited to see the finished product, keep it...

    So excited to see the finished product, keep it coming!
  27. I'd bite! I may have to find some more space to...

    I'd bite! I may have to find some more space to grow them in though!
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    I would sink them personally, but keep in mind...

    I would sink them personally, but keep in mind the tubs will be very heavy to pull up from the "depths" in the spring.
  29. Thread: Taro

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    I LOVE taro, but opted to stay out of them this...

    I LOVE taro, but opted to stay out of them this year. I have had them two of the last 3 years and only had one survive the winter indoors of all the ones I had. I'm thinking there has got to be a...
  30. Thread: ID please

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    I thought mint as well, except the leaves don't...

    I thought mint as well, except the leaves don't look quite right, and the last photo in particular does not look anything like mint. Not only that, but you'd smell the minty freshness from time to...
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    I like the pattern as well. It does appear to be...

    I like the pattern as well. It does appear to be male to me. I would guess the fins having the black in them (I forget the technical term) would not be good for show standards, but I'd be interested...
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    I love the scalation, sorry I can't help with...

    I love the scalation, sorry I can't help with your question though.
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    I'm in!

    I'm in!
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    Maybe needs more sun?

    Maybe needs more sun?
  35. You can give me yours Gander...

    You can give me yours Gander...
  36. Thread: Hello!

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    Welcome!

    Welcome!
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    I want one of those Lotus. Which variety?

    I want one of those Lotus. Which variety?
  38. Good to hear. Now you can watch these guys grow...

    Good to hear. Now you can watch these guys grow and learn about what they will look like when they're older and learn which to cull early on. I am still learning myself, and didn't have to cull any...
  39. Are there Lotus that will not live through midwest winters?

    I know there are plenty that will, but I bought some seeds from China a year and a half ago and had several grow a very nice plant and runners by the end of last year. All of them died. I had one...
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    I have had no eggs yet this year, but had quite a...

    I have had no eggs yet this year, but had quite a few in August last year. I pulled as many out as I could and put them in a large 200 gallon IBC tank. It was a flock spawn, so I didn't expect much...
  41. I'm still trying to determine what happened to my...

    I'm still trying to determine what happened to my 4 plants this past winter. They seeds from China that I started and they had gotten really big by the end of the season last year. I was hoping to...
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    Yes they'll eat the eggs. I didn't leave that...

    Yes they'll eat the eggs. I didn't leave that many in my pond after my flock spawn, but what was there fed them well for a day or two.
  43. Awesome!!!, I just found a bunch on some weeds in...

    Awesome!!!, I just found a bunch on some weeds in my garden. They seem to be attracted particularly to these weeds, so I know where to find some! I have roses too, they haven't touched them this year.
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    :pullup:

    :pullup:
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    I like the goldfish pond waterfall feature.

    I like the goldfish pond waterfall feature.
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    Very sorry to hear!

    Very sorry to hear!
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    Beautiful!

    Beautiful!
  48. Cool, thanks guys, maybe it was just the cold...

    Cool, thanks guys, maybe it was just the cold then. I wasn't prepared for the spawn, so I didn't even have the water ready which means I had to fill up the tank with hose water which would have been...
  49. I did not. I was under the impression it happened...

    I did not. I was under the impression it happened before the hatch.
  50. Doitsu Lethal Gene and whether to use a fish in breeding or not.

    So, as some of you may remember, I had a flock spawn last fall and have a few babies that actually hatched. I think for a couple of reasons, I lost the majority of them.

    The first and most likely...
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