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    Thread: Keeping baby koi out of skimmer

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      Keeping baby koi out of skimmer

      Recently my koi had babies and they are almost 3 months now. I have some in a baby nap basket, but there are maybe 50 loose in the pond, and these are larger ones. I keep finding dead babies in the skimmer basket, on their way to the pump. They are pretty beat up by the time I find them. I usually find about 3 to 5 a day, and sometimes they are the larger ones, which is upsetting me. I found one "soragoi" that I wanted to keep, in there. I don't want my chagoi to swim in there.

      Is there anyway to keep the babies out of there, and still keep the water flowing fairly quickly? What I have now, a baker's rack, clogs up with algae fairly quickly (I clean it often) and I don't want to burn out my pump. Like I say, I check the skimmer often and each time, i usually find one or two. If they are alive, I chase them out. I tried rigging up a net, but that clogged overnight, and one time fell into the pond and was difficult to retrieve ( I can live with that, but my pump side was almost empty of water).

      I can't think of too many things that are stiff enough to put over the skimmer opening, with small holes. Maybe a quarter to half inch holes? Please give me some suggestions! My brain is fried!

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      Thanks, where did you get the second cover? I've always just put a baker's rack over the opening and it really only has a bunch of stainless steel wires across it. It works pretty well keep the big fish out, but then again my art extremely large! I appreciate the good replies, I will get the both of them, To see what I can get my local hardware store or Lowe's!


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      I need that for my gutters, I would give anything over them either!


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      Quote Originally Posted by nmtsaki View Post
      Thanks, where did you get the second cover? I've always just put a baker's rack over the opening and it really only has a bunch of stainless steel wires across it. It works pretty well keep the big fish out, but then again my art extremely large! I appreciate the good replies, I will get the both of them, To see what I can get my local hardware store or Lowe's!
      It’s hand made . Could be made from acrylic , ABS , or PVC sheets , and a jigsaw . The idea is that the diagnol angled openings will allways let floaty stuff through at any water level

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