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    Thanks Kirk, frankly, I'm not unhappy with any of...

    Thanks Kirk, frankly, I'm not unhappy with any of their progress aside from my crooked lad and the Maruten that has weak beni. It's a boon that the two likeliest males are also my problem children....
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    All in all, the color is down on most of them...

    All in all, the color is down on most of them because they are in the midst of their grow season. I did want to share the pics though. Heaven knows when I'll make the time for another round of pics...
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    And lastly, a Showa I had high hopes for which...

    And lastly, a Showa I had high hopes for which will be dashed. This little squirt has the loveliest skin but alas, the head is crooked... and is possibly Male. :shame:
    I noticed the head situation...
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    The pattern on this one was a total bore when I...

    The pattern on this one was a total bore when I got it. I knew that would always be an issue if considering for a show but what drew me to this one was the frame and the beni tone. The frame hasn't...
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    This next one really resembles one I got last...

    This next one really resembles one I got last year which I'm quite pleased about.

    Female, 12.5".
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    And finally the Showa. This one I've taken to...

    And finally the Showa.

    This one I've taken to calling Tiger. The sumi wraps very cleanly from top to bottom. A surprising amount of sumi appeared when I first got it but has dropped back down as...
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    Now Sanke part deux. This one wasn't really...

    Now Sanke part deux. This one wasn't really indicating M/F totally but no milt so for now it's a Female. :lol: Currently just over 12".
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    Now on to the Sanke. First up is the more stepped...

    Now on to the Sanke. First up is the more stepped pattern one. We're not a 100% but this one is likely Female. :w00t:
    This one was slow to hit the growth spurt and is at 12" but is making a move on...
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    Another Maruten Kohaku to share. This one is...

    Another Maruten Kohaku to share. This one is definitely a Female and got to 14". There are bubbles in the water in the pic, no issue with the beni on that second plate.
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    This is Maruten Kohaku (number one, lol) and is...

    This is Maruten Kohaku (number one, lol) and is likely Male. He had good growth to 13" but the beni is noticeably weak.
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    Next is another Kohaku. Female and 12.5".

    Next is another Kohaku. Female and 12.5".
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    Well, it's been way too long since I updated...

    Well, it's been way too long since I updated these but I do have a few pics to share. I'll also list likely gender (we're almost positive on them) as well as current measurements. :yes:

    First up...
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    A foam snake I'm okay with but the garden variety...

    A foam snake I'm okay with but the garden variety will make me run for the hills.
    Congrats Tadiba, looks like it's working great!
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    That's very kind of you but I would like my girls...

    That's very kind of you but I would like my girls to go to a dedicated breeding set up. I'm guessing they're between 26-29" and will need a fair bit of room.
    But that's a topic for another thread....
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    :yahoo: Great choice!! Congratulations, Rich!

    :yahoo:

    Great choice!! Congratulations, Rich!
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    I have a couple of big girls to donate to the...

    I have a couple of big girls to donate to the cause. :yes:
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    :lol: Ouch. But somebody will enjoy him, I have...

    :lol: Ouch.
    But somebody will enjoy him, I have no doubt.
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    Mine has male/slip unions at each end of the UV....

    Mine has male/slip unions at each end of the UV.

    http://www.epoolshop.com/images/products/display/waterway_4005080.gif
  19. Thread: Prazi

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    IME, the low 70's I would still do once a week....

    IME, the low 70's I would still do once a week. That is what used to work for me though now I use FlukeM.
  20. Thread: Prazi

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    I don't know of anyone running an activated...

    I don't know of anyone running an activated carbon filter for their pond. :shrug:

    Since redosing typically is recommended at one week, I would say one week is fairly accurate. Be aware that if...
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    Correct, it has to be "uphill" of the pond or the...

    Correct, it has to be "uphill" of the pond or the chamber would be too flooded to be effective.
    It can be 1' or 15' above the pond. The only difference is the pump it would take to deliver the...
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    A ball valve is not what is keeping the water...

    A ball valve is not what is keeping the water level in the unit. That is placement and prepping it so that the surface is level.
    The ball valve is what is used to maintain the water at a certain...
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    Yes, the ball valve is how you control the level...

    Yes, the ball valve is how you control the level of the return water and maximize foam expulsion.
    You don't have to dig down to place the unit. Gravity will make the water want to return to the...
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    I had a female arrive about that color. I had the...

    I had a female arrive about that color. I had the same concerns when I bought her. She's maintained the quality and remains one of my favorites. :yes:
    I think you could get decent size on him if he...
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    He's an attractive koi. My question would be...

    He's an attractive koi. My question would be potential for what?
    The shimi is easily removed at that size but for show the beni in the tail will be a drawback. Quality wise he looks quite nice.
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    Congrats to all the winners. :clap: Way to go,...

    Congrats to all the winners. :clap:

    Way to go, Gloria!! :yahoo:
  27. Thread: Koi Feeder

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    Were you more interested in a broadcast feeder or...

    Were you more interested in a broadcast feeder or an auger type?

    I'm very happy with this feeder which is the auger style.
    ...
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    Since it's just a few pieces like that I wouldn't...

    Since it's just a few pieces like that I wouldn't be concerned. If all the media developed that way it would be more concerning.
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    Is all of that kind of media the dark brown or...

    Is all of that kind of media the dark brown or just some of it?

    It looks like the particulate build up isn't uniform on that piece. This leads me to believe that either the water going into that...
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    The thread has been cleaned up to remove content...

    The thread has been cleaned up to remove content contrary to TOS. Please consider this a warning.
    It's a valuable thread with good information but not everyone will have the same experiences and...
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    I'll be following along with interest to see if...

    I'll be following along with interest to see if there is such a beast as a chart. I agree with you it's more of art than a science considering most medications are based on ideal treating temps....
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    None of us are perfect. :lol: This doesn't...

    None of us are perfect. :lol:

    This doesn't look like an illness though if a female holds eggs too long that can be an issue but she's nowhere near that point yet.
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    You're up against a number of things here. ...

    You're up against a number of things here.

    Conformation; Doitsu koi tend to have more conformation challenges and can look a lot like this one.
    Gender; females can get eggy and thus ruin a...
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    I know a dealer with a similar set up. Once fish...

    I know a dealer with a similar set up. Once fish have cleared the qt period he does this. It utilizes the benefits of that superior filtration system of the main pond and yet keeps the smaller and...
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    The two I had continued to gain pattern. The plus...

    The two I had continued to gain pattern. The plus was that what came in was strong. It didn't have the secondary beni appearance, just more pattern.
    I don't think it's uncommon for that to happen.
  36. Thread: LQ/Monster

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    Very cool, thank you so much for sharing this!

    Very cool, thank you so much for sharing this!
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    Those are very small koi and at that size they...

    Those are very small koi and at that size they tend to be quite skittish. It will take time and some size for them to be more social.
    In the future I wouldn't mix the pond water with the water they...
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    It's a good time of year for thin though I...

    It's a good time of year for thin though I imagine your temps are a bit better than mine.
    I don't start pushing food until temps are steady over 72 and I just haven't hit that yet. I slowly work...
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    What's not to like about a 3 step Sanke? :D:...

    What's not to like about a 3 step Sanke? :D:
    Like the Goshiki too.
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    Gorgeous coloring on that one, Bill.

    Gorgeous coloring on that one, Bill.
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    Stacy, it's not an easy thing to figure what will...

    Stacy, it's not an easy thing to figure what will happen as they mature. I tried my hand at a couple but in my pond their coloring changed and not for the best.
    ...
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    They're looking good, Jim. The fins look like...

    They're looking good, Jim.
    The fins look like some ammonia burn perhaps? I accidentally did that one time bagging a koi and forgot to get the cloram-x in there. :fmouth:
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    :rofl2: It helps when buddies have your back. :D:

    :rofl2: It helps when buddies have your back. :D:
  44. Thread: air pumps

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    It sounds like one 80l split for the bd's would...

    It sounds like one 80l split for the bd's would be good.

    How much media are you putting in the barrels? The more media, the more air pump you need for it to churn well.
    As an example I have a...
  45. Thread: A few pictures

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    Wow, looking great! What a gorgeous pup, too! ...

    Wow, looking great! What a gorgeous pup, too!
    My first dog was a black lab. She set a high bar for all pets that followed. :yes:
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    More info is needed. Volume of each moving bed...

    More info is needed.

    Volume of each moving bed and amount of media in it and depth of the bottom drains.
    Regardless I wouldn't try and run it all from one pump. I would split it into filters and...
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    You're welcome, it's an attractive koi. I'm sure...

    You're welcome, it's an attractive koi. I'm sure you'll have lots of enjoyment from it. :yes:
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    Cut back on feedings, your filters aren't cycled...

    Cut back on feedings, your filters aren't cycled yet. At the nitrite spike stage ideally the ammonia is zero. I personally would not be feeding until the nitrite readings are zero and you've got a...
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    Yes, blue shows them better for appraisal but you do risk causing injury while catching them as you noted previously. :yes:
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    I'm glad you've got a filter for the trickle. For...

    I'm glad you've got a filter for the trickle. For the heck of it, take an ammonia reading on what is coming out of that to make sure it's not contributing to the ammonia reading.

    I'd need more...
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