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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.
  4. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Beautiful pond.

    Beautiful pond.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
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    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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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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    What part of Virginia are you located? I have...

    What part of Virginia are you located?

    I have done a few different things with my culls.

    I have sold some.

    Gave 3 goldfish and 32 koi from about 18 inches to 27 inches to a friend who had a...
  27. Thread: koi not eating

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    I have had koi do this when new. I suspected they...

    I have had koi do this when new. I suspected they were used to eating sinking food. It didn't take them long to eat with the others.
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    Loved the picture of your children. When I got to...

    Loved the picture of your children. When I got to it, unexpectedly in your pond pictures, it made me smile. Nice to see happy children,having fun together.

    Mine are all grown up now, but I think...
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    If the dots are only on the head of the koi, I...

    If the dots are only on the head of the koi, I would suspect it if from something that they are putting their head into. For example nudging around in something to search for food.

    I once had a...
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    I can only relay the observations about the...

    I can only relay the observations about the growth of the fish in my QT. It is only has about 1800 gallons of water in it at about 1/2 full. There are 30+ goldfish, 1 canary koi, and 2 goldfish/koi...
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    Welcome to Koiphen. Looking forward to your...

    Welcome to Koiphen.

    Looking forward to your build. Don't forget to post pictures.

    I have always tried to keep some type of pool for my Labs in the summer for them to cool off, but I have only...
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    Another source states that spirulina and chorella...

    Another source states that spirulina and chorella are among the richest sources of nutrients on the planet.
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    I looked up chlorella algae in Wikipedia. It...

    I looked up chlorella algae in Wikipedia. It stated when dried it is 45% protein, 20% carbohydrate, 20% fat, 5% fiber, and 10% vitamins and minerals.

    Sounds nutritious to me.
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    I read somewhere that algae is high in protein. ...

    I read somewhere that algae is high in protein.

    I have gold fish in a QT tank that I was going to get rid of and have not been feeding them this year. The tank has quite a bit of algae growing on...
  35. The higher the PH the more toxic the ammonia...

    The higher the PH the more toxic the ammonia becomes.
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    I would watch the Kodama site on Ebay. They have...

    I would watch the Kodama site on Ebay. They have platinums quite often, it is free shipping on his Ebay site, and you could probably get a larger fish for less money.
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    I won't be disappointed if he does not become a...

    I won't be disappointed if he does not become a deep red Hi Utsuri. If I have a successful spawn, I would like a mix of Ki Utsuri and Hi Utsuri.

    My females should add the deeper red color, since...
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    Got a new fish today

    Several years ago I got some longfins from Yamasan. While in my 1,000 gallon pond a bullfrog ate all of them except one Hi Utsuri. I thought it was a male so I bought a Gin Rin Hi Utsuri female ,...
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    I have a lot of ponds and have for many years and...

    I have a lot of ponds and have for many years and have noticed that fish often thrive in green water.

    But if algae only grows in nutrient rich water, why does a bucket of well water sitting in the...
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    They have a lot of bids. The only thing I can...

    They have a lot of bids. The only thing I can think is people want them because of their size.

    But still who grew these to this size? Certainly they were cared for to get this big. I would guess...
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    Large koi for sale

    I noticed on Kodama website there are quite a few large koi (27 to 33 inches ) for sale listed in a scratch and dent sale. Seem to have good patterns most are crooked and listed swim like a snake.
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    You need to remove the log and anything else fish...

    You need to remove the log and anything else fish can get trapped or stuck behind.

    If your koi were spawning, it is more likely she went under the log to get away from the males. Also during...
  43. I would also get rid of the mosquito fish. Take...

    I would also get rid of the mosquito fish. Take up space better utilized by your ornamental fish.

    Moving water will drown and mosquito larvae, and goldfish and koi also eat them, so mosquito fish...
  44. Welcome to Koiphen. I like your pond. You...

    Welcome to Koiphen.

    I like your pond.

    You have come to the right place to get help with all your questions and in fact may get a little overwhelmed with all our comments.

    I don't remember...
  45. Thread: Judge away!

    by koi4u2c
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    I used to have one. The scales stayed blue and...

    I used to have one. The scales stayed blue and his body a pale blue gray. It was always one of my favorites.
  46. Thread: Spawning orgy

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    Are you sure that 5 inch fish is a koi? I have...

    Are you sure that 5 inch fish is a koi?

    I have a lot of koi. At least several hundred and have had koi for more than 20 years. I have never seen any of the 5 inch koi spawn.

    I have heard that...
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    Looks pink, not scarlet.

    Looks pink, not scarlet.
  48. Thread: Mosquitos

    by koi4u2c
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    It is the mosquito larvae that cannot survive in...

    It is the mosquito larvae that cannot survive in moving water.

    I have had them in a large tank, living and swimming. I added and air stone and a little while later they were all dead.
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    Poll: Here they don't even recommend cement swimming...

    Here they don't even recommend cement swimming pools anymore because they crack.

    Once you get below 12 to 18 inches our soil is clay. It tends to expand and shrink with the amount of moisture in...
  50. Thread: Mosquitos

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    I have multiple ponds in my yard. I have less...

    I have multiple ponds in my yard. I have less mosquitoes in my yard now than I did before I had the ponds. Not only do my ponds have moving water, I also have many frogs, more birds, and dragonfly...
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