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  1. Thread: Judge away!

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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.
  2. 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.
  4. 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...
  6. Thread: Mosquitos

    by koi4u2c
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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...
  7. Thread: Emptying pond

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    Why are you going to drain and clean? Do you...

    Why are you going to drain and clean?

    Do you not have a bottom drain? Rocks in your pond? Or lots of muck?

    I do not drain and clean my koi ponds. The plant ponds are a different matter. They...
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    Stacy, you are right on the mark when you say "In...

    Stacy, you are right on the mark when you say "In longfins we want LONG FINS".

    When I have watched people buying butterfly koi they always looked for the ones with the longest fins.

    When people...
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    BarbJ, I have to agree with you. That is...

    BarbJ,

    I have to agree with you.

    That is part of the reason I don't agree with all the standards proposed for judging longfins.
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    Redman8102, I like the longfins in your avatar....

    Redman8102, I like the longfins in your avatar. Where did you get them and do you have others?

    Another thing I like about longfins as in the picture above that I posted is the color and...
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    It is all about the fins. Not just the pectorals,...

    It is all about the fins. Not just the pectorals, but the dorsal, anal, pelvic fins and tail. I think all should be long.

    This one is not perfect, but the only picture I have available at the...
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    Much of the input for longfin standards seem to...

    Much of the input for longfin standards seem to have come from not the lovers of longfin/butterfly koi, but from judges who are trying to make longfins have similar standards to current regular...
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    Welcome to Koiphen. Looking forward to your koi...

    Welcome to Koiphen. Looking forward to your koi journey.

    Thanks for the pictures.
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    I have had some butterfly koi that eventually...

    I have had some butterfly koi that eventually became matsuba. I almost got rid of them when they were the same size as the one you posted, because they looked just like yours with the dirty looking...
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    I have have 5 liner ponds. The largest is 17,000...

    I have have 5 liner ponds. The largest is 17,000 gallons and the second largest is 5,000 gallons. Both have liner water falls. They are 19 and 17 years old. They are built without block or concrete...
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    Welcome home Johnathan. I was just thinking...

    Welcome home Johnathan.

    I was just thinking how we have known you here at Koiphen since you were a teenager learning about koi and building your ponds and now you are a young man serving our...
  17. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    Nice pictures.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    I can not tell how much sun you have for lotus,...

    I can not tell how much sun you have for lotus, but if you have a nice sunny spot next to your pond you could dig a small area, line it with a piece of pondliner and make a nice pool/planter just for...
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    It was never a Sanke and does not look like one...

    It was never a Sanke and does not look like one in the first picture to me.

    Signs that it was a Goshiki are slightly visible in the first picture to me. Notice the slight gray shading on the nose...
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    A prime example of a fish that should have been...

    A prime example of a fish that should have been culled.
  21. Poll: If I lost all my koi, I would probably buy more. ...

    If I lost all my koi, I would probably buy more.

    If all my ponds were totally destroyed, I am not so sure. Several years ago I would just rebuild. Now at 63 I am not sure. I am still working and...
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    Years ago I bought several sarasa goldfish....

    Years ago I bought several sarasa goldfish. Beautiful deep red and white with long fins. In my ponds they become a deep burgundy red.

    The first year they spawned here I had many bronze, a few...
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    That is one of the things I like about longfins....

    That is one of the things I like about longfins. The longer the barbels the better. I once had one with long double barbels with y shaped (sort of almond shaped at the end) appendages at the end of...
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    Not a good time to add new fish. You should...

    Not a good time to add new fish.

    You should always quarantine new fish. Even though they came from a friend and appeared healthy many of us have learned the hard way to "always" quarantine new...
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    I think the large volume of the water and the...

    I think the large volume of the water and the fact that it is well maintained was a major contributing factor for the health of your fish.

    My fish aren't fed in the coldest months, the ones in the...
  26. Congratulations. Have a picture of you and...

    Congratulations.

    Have a picture of you and your bride to post?
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    tsippel, Nice to see your fish are looking so...

    tsippel,

    Nice to see your fish are looking so well after a cold and trying winter. With many who take their fish inside and heat their ponds even in warmer climates, please share with us some of...
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    Excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    Excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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    The reason for my questions were to look for some...

    The reason for my questions were to look for some other cause for the distress of your fish.

    The rock/sludge question was to consider possible hydrogen sulfide gas release. I don't think the...
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    Gary, Do you have rocks in the bottom of your...

    Gary,

    Do you have rocks in the bottom of your pond, or a bog with rocks, or waterfall with sludge and rocks?

    Has there been in spraying for bugs or weeds in your yard or a neighbors?
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    UV lights usually took 7 to 10 days to clear the...

    UV lights usually took 7 to 10 days to clear the algae in my ponds. I have multiple ponds of different sizes, filtration, and plant ponds. Some of my ponds do this same thing (slightly brown, murky...
  32. Thread: Snails

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    Quote Originally Posted by koi4u2c View Post ...

    Quote Originally Posted by koi4u2c View Post

    I have snails in my filter and plant ponds, but my koi can't wait for one to drop into their pond. They love to gobble them up. Yum, escargot!

    Why...
  33. Thread: Snails

    by koi4u2c
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    I have snails in my filter and plant ponds, but...

    I have snails in my filter and plant ponds, but my koi can't wait for one to drop into their pond. They love to gobble them up. Yum, escargot!

    Why do your koi not eat them. I can't find any in my...
  34. I think part of the reason there seem to be many...

    I think part of the reason there seem to be many more older people in the hobby is because it is hard to manage this hobby while working and raising a family. And of course many don't have the luxury...
  35. Are you sure the ammonia is 0? Yellow color on my...

    Are you sure the ammonia is 0? Yellow color on my ammonia test kit is not 0.
  36. Has this winter been too cold for you?:D:

    Has this winter been too cold for you?:D:
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    I have koi that are 20 years old and they were...

    I have koi that are 20 years old and they were never fed expensive food. In warm weather I feed 7 pounds of food a day in one feeding, but most days due to my work schedule they are only fed once a...
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    Why do you want to do 4 foot above ground? In...

    Why do you want to do 4 foot above ground?

    In this area an in ground pond is warmer in winter and less likely to get too hot in summer.

    I also prefer to look at my fish standing above the...
  39. The amount of time the power can be out before...

    The amount of time the power can be out before fish are affected by lack of oxygen depends on may things.
    The number and size of the fish, the amount of water per fish, the water temperature,...
  40. In the heat of the summer after a thunder storm,...

    In the heat of the summer after a thunder storm, I have seen my fish at the surface piping for air within 2 hours.

    That was when I bought a generator.
  41. There is a procedure for cleaning them. I read it...

    There is a procedure for cleaning them. I read it somewhere, maybe Aquatic Ecosystem. Besides algae they can also get a build up of minerals from the water. I suppose the harder the water the more...
  42. I can't say how it renders the nitrite nontoxic,...

    I can't say how it renders the nitrite nontoxic, but I know it instantly makes the ammonia non toxic.

    Years ago I had a lot of koi spawn in my 17,000 gallon pond and within about 2 hours all koi...
  43. We have about 12 to 18 inches of topsoil and then...

    We have about 12 to 18 inches of topsoil and then our soil is clay. My ponds are 17 and 14 years old. They were built without block collars and instead I just made sure that water would drain away...
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    I have a 150 gallon tank with Matala standing...

    I have a 150 gallon tank with Matala standing vertically. I make it fit tightly against the sides of the tank so that all the water has to go through it. I have all 4 densities, the water flowing...
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    2 degrees here this morning. Greenhouse covered...

    2 degrees here this morning. Greenhouse covered pond is 45 degrees. Water celery and plants growing around the pond still green. Temporarily moved flow through geotherm water from pond and down hill,...
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    Sactownkoi, Thanks for the update. Very nice. ...

    Sactownkoi,

    Thanks for the update. Very nice.

    I would not have guessed she would have turned out so nice from the tosai picture.
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    What do you mean by open UV? I have an old...

    What do you mean by open UV?

    I have an old fishmate filter that has a UV suspended over the water. The water runs through a small channel under the light. It is a 30 watt UV and has always done...
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    The tosai picture should have posted first but...

    The tosai picture should have posted first but the posted in reverse order. Tosai and age 3 year.
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    Here are some pictures I have on Dainichi Showa...

    Here are some pictures I have on Dainichi Showa development.
  50. 62 and sunny here today. Snow predicted for...

    62 and sunny here today. Snow predicted for tomorrow around noon.
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