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  1. Don't completely clean your liner. The algae on...

    Don't completely clean your liner. The algae on the liner is good for the pond. +1 on just hosing it off, that will leave most of the algae on there and remove any nasty dirt and stuff in the algae....
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    Exciting to hear there is a liner in the yard!...

    Exciting to hear there is a liner in the yard! Looking forward to see water in this beauty!
  3. Thread: 5 years!

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    Gorgeous fish and amazing landscaping. Very nice!

    Gorgeous fish and amazing landscaping. Very nice!
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    It has already been suggested you check with Russ...

    It has already been suggested you check with Russ at PSKoi. That would be a great starting point. Tell him what you're hoping to do down the road, and he can get you an idea of what it would cost to...
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    I've seen them kept in southern ponds and they've...

    I've seen them kept in southern ponds and they've done well. I don't think they'll make it through your winters though.
  6. You can keep channel cats with koi as long as...

    You can keep channel cats with koi as long as their mouths are only big enough to eat the babies. They grow quick, and as long as they aren't big enough to eat the bigger koi, they'll take care of...
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    You could always list them on Craigslist with the...

    You could always list them on Craigslist with the stipulation that you can see their habitat before allowing them to take the turtles. Also, you might try reaching out to this organization:...
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    I've had one hanging around my bog too...I have a...

    I've had one hanging around my bog too...I have a feeling I'm going to have a ton of tiny tadpoles.
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    I had a doitsu ochiba that was not stable. She...

    I had a doitsu ochiba that was not stable. She would go to a root beer color and then back to a dark grey/root beer mix.
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    We had a small tent in an apple tree on our...

    We had a small tent in an apple tree on our property, but I haven't seen much. We've had bad years in the past too. I also torched mine, but I tried to get my chickens to eat them too. I don't think...
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    Russ would know better than I, but I was thinking...

    Russ would know better than I, but I was thinking male due to pectoral fin shape and the narrower body line.
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    I'd say it's a male.

    I'd say it's a male.
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    Personally I have always fed once a day and my...

    Personally I have always fed once a day and my fish were happy and healthy. The koi pond has been shut down now, but that's because of a dead pump this last winter which killed all my koi.
  14. If your 300g pond is cycled and the pump can be...

    If your 300g pond is cycled and the pump can be covered to avoid getting them sucked up, they will probably be better off in there. You will need to feed them heavily though, and with egg yolk and...
  15. Thread: Lotus

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    Craig, I had a number of seeds I ordered from...

    Craig, I had a number of seeds I ordered from China that I grew out and they had developed some aerial leaves by the end of a summer a few years ago, but they didn't make it through the winter, even...
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    Just picked up a painted turtle and I think it...

    Just picked up a painted turtle and I think it also ate a few of my feeder goldies. Hasnt touched the bigger ones though. I only put the fish in there to keep up with the mosquitos, but if they are...
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    It could just be the batch that I picked my...

    It could just be the batch that I picked my feeders from, but I had a number of absolutely beautiful comets and sarassas from my feeder tank selection. Long flowing tails on the comets and sarassas...
  18. Nice...I have my painted turtle in a large 300...

    Nice...I have my painted turtle in a large 300 gallon trough which will just get regular water changes to maintain. It also has a few small comets and a couple of shubunkins.
  19. The one on the left looks like an iris, possibly...

    The one on the left looks like an iris, possibly a water iris?
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    Looks like they are more like the original carp...

    Looks like they are more like the original carp parents. I've seen some early on like this, but they usually change to orange in my experience. I have heard about some that won't turn and just stay...
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    Breeding Fantails

    Purchased three fantails recently to throw into my smaller goldfish pond that I lost all my fish in. One quickly disappeared and I'm not sure what happened to him. Just about a week ago, I added 11...
  22. Thread: Lotus

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    What varieties might you have for the colder...

    What varieties might you have for the colder climates? I'm in MI, so we get cold winters here. My lillies are much hardier than my lotus apparently, because the lotus didn't do so well where I left...
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    Well...may be starting this process again. I...

    Well...may be starting this process again. I would really like a nice root beer Chagoi and a nice Soragoi along with a few other colorful varieties this time around. I think I'm going to stay with...
  24. Well...may be sticking with Koi after all, and...

    Well...may be sticking with Koi after all, and leaving the pond alone, just changing my winterization a bit. Still only 1000 gallons, but can keep a few like I had.
  25. I saw the Watonai, but I hear they can be hard to...

    I saw the Watonai, but I hear they can be hard to find and kind of pricey.
  26. I want to go shallower only because I can see...

    I want to go shallower only because I can see them better that way and the goldfish won't need the depth for swimming. The 28 inch deep pond for my goldfish has been fine until last winter, but...
  27. The ponds are deep enough, but the pump died in...

    The ponds are deep enough, but the pump died in one pond and I thought the other one would be ok, but didn't have a pump to run in that pond.
  28. Lost all of my goldfish in one pond and all of my...

    Lost all of my goldfish in one pond and all of my koi in the other. I plan on restarting again, but I will probably stick with goldfish this time.
  29. Lost all of them...going in a different direction

    Well, the cold winter and a pump that died right in the middle of subzero temps for over a week, have killed all of my koi. I'm considering reconfiguring my koi pond to widen it a little bit and make...
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    You guys are killing me!!! It has been warmer...

    You guys are killing me!!! It has been warmer here than usual this time of year, which means upper 30s. It's supposed to get to a whopping 34 today. Spring can't be that far off, can it???
  31. I love the look of fiberglass ponds! I'd...

    I love the look of fiberglass ponds! I'd definitely go that route.
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    Beautiful!

    Beautiful!
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    Thanks njponder. I definitely need to replace the...

    Thanks njponder. I definitely need to replace the PC bulbs at this point as they are way overdue. I had to move the corals closer to the light as they appeared to be doing worse than they were when I...
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    If I were in TX I definitely wouldn't be shutting...

    If I were in TX I definitely wouldn't be shutting down my pond. Negative 16 degrees if it stays that cold would warrant it for those couple of weeks. If it warms up consdierably during the day, I...
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    Thanks KurtG, those are actually very dull...

    Thanks KurtG, those are actually very dull looking Galaxia due to lack of proper lighting. I hate Aiptasia!

    AquaJoe, I've seen that article, did you write it?
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    Thanks! I've had to go extremely slow due to the...

    Thanks! I've had to go extremely slow due to the sheer cost of saltwater, but it's been fun. Hoping to eventually do SPS coral in my 46 gallon saltwater.
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    One of My Saltwater Tanks

    My 24 gallon aquapod. All indoor tanks have turned into saltwater tanks at this point. I'm down to two of the 6 tanks I had. I may setup one more saltwater tank. I'm thinking about seahorses. Anyone...
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    One of this month's episodes was in the hospital...

    One of this month's episodes was in the hospital my wife works for, St Mary's in Grand Rapids MI. I was so excited when I heard they were going to install this big beautiful tank. They had a large...
  39. I'd say depth is good, length is good, but I'd go...

    I'd say depth is good, length is good, but I'd go wider with it to get you to the 1500 gallons. My pond is about 4 foot wide at its widest, and I'm constantly wishing it was wider so the fish would...
  40. I just noticed you resurected a really old post...

    I just noticed you resurected a really old post...
  41. Reef central is great...but I warn you that there...

    Reef central is great...but I warn you that there is TONS of information. It's a little tough to focus on something specific. I would love to see photos of your tank when you get it up and running! I...
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    I would suggest keeping the old liner for some...

    I would suggest keeping the old liner for some sort of bog if you don't end up using it for the pond itself. The bog would allow you to keep plants in a separate basin from the fish, possibly raised...
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    With a beautiful tank like that I would have gone...

    With a beautiful tank like that I would have gone saltwater, but I assume they wanted something low maintenance?
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    First off, I love Ki Utsuri. I have never owned...

    First off, I love Ki Utsuri. I have never owned one, but they are beautiful. The head on yours looks small and a bit pointed. I would guess male based on the pectoral fins. In regards to your...
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    With 1000 gallons you are very limited. I...

    With 1000 gallons you are very limited. I wouldn't do more than a few Koi. If you're adding more fish than that you could add some goldfish, but I still would take it easy on how many you add.
  46. Not that there aren't other dangerous pets out...

    Not that there aren't other dangerous pets out there, but these guys are small and are natural to many states. They can do some crazy damage to anyone who gets bit by one, and could very easily hide...
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    I would also steer you clear of rocks. I had just...

    I would also steer you clear of rocks. I had just a few in my old pond and they had quite the buildup around them with an otherwise clear bottom. If you can put in a bottom drain and plumbing now...
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    I like Hi-Fin Banded Sharks, but supposedly they...

    I like Hi-Fin Banded Sharks, but supposedly they are endangered.
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    :yahoo:

    :yahoo:
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    I would guess male as well. I personally like the...

    I would guess male as well. I personally like the pattern, but would have to agree that it would probably not do well by show standards.
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