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poisonxvenom
04-08-2010, 05:04 PM
Hi, I've been addicted to the koi hobby for about a year now... It's spring and now I've decided to try and breed them~ :D

Currently, I have a 3,000 gallon pond and a 1,000 gallon INTEX pool as the breeding tank.... The tank is circulated with the main pond's filtered water.

I plan to spawn a female Showa 17" with two 16~18" Kohaku Males in the breeding tank. I have spawning materials set up around the edges and plan to set up aeration and sponge filters...

I also have a 3yr old female Sanke roughly similar size but I don't have any other big males. However, I have around 5 (showa, sanke, kohaku) males around 6~8 inches. **Are these males sexually mature?**:rolleyes:

Also, I've heard from locals that koi usually breed around late april from where I live...

So, my questions are:

1) What would I need to do in terms of placement.. Should I put the females in the tank and then introduce the males later? Or put them all together?
2) What is the best way to make them spawn, any tips?
3) If I do get eggs, should I stop the water circulation from the main tank ( about 500gph)
4) If my showa and kohaku's breed, will I get fry that are kohaku or showa, or both?:confused:
5) Do you think I should put the female showa and sanke with the 2 Big males and other small males. Or would it be better to just have the female showa with 2 big male kohaku's alone in the breeding tank?

I'll attach some pictures to give you an idea..

Please leave your feedback!

Thanks,
Danny

Koijazz
04-09-2010, 07:38 PM
1) What would I need to do in terms of placement.. Should I put the females in the tank and then introduce the males later? Or put them all together? I have always done the female first and then a few hours later the male(s)
2) What is the best way to make them spawn, any tips? What I find best is to be patient and wait for the female to be ready. Last year I netted my female every week and would feel where the eggs are. If it feels mushy, the eggs aren't ready to be laid; if it's firm, they're fully developed. Once it felt firm, I put her in the breeding pool and that night they bred.
3) If I do get eggs, should I stop the water circulation from the main tank ( about 500gph) I'm thinking it's okay as long as the pump is covered so nothing like fry or eggs can get sucked in. That's what I plan to do this year anyway. If someone disagrees, please say something so I'll know as well.
4) If my showa and kohaku's breed, will I get fry that are kohaku or showa, or both? You'll get some of each and lots of other breeds in your koi's bloodline.
5) Do you think I should put the female showa and sanke with the 2 Big males and other small males. Or would it be better to just have the female showa with 2 big male kohaku's alone in the breeding tank? The males aren't ready to breed until they are about two or three years old, so I'd expect them to be at least 10 inches by now. The small males will probably eat eggs more than anything.

Let me know if I need to clarify anything.

poisonxvenom
04-10-2010, 11:02 AM
Thanks, for the comment!

We'll I recently got my female showa and the body is big but, not plump as in egg bound.

What will cause her to start producing the eggs? I currently have her alone int he breeding tank. Should I introduce a male to her? Would that make her egg bound or does she automatically produce eggs as temperatures get warmer?

Koijazz
04-10-2010, 03:13 PM
How long has she been in there all alone?