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    Thread: Female only pond

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      Female only pond

      Question: If one were to only keep female koi, would they still develop eggs and lay eggs? I don't want to breed my koi and don't want spawning in my pond. Would this work and if not what are some ideas to keep koi from laying eggs? thx

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      From what I have read, and MY experience.

      Female koi that do not spawn will absorb their eggs instead of releasing them into the pond. That is a fact I know.

      Sometimes female koi can fail to release their eggs. The eggs can reabsorb over time, but this is a slow process. If they get egg bound then there is a big risk of infection.

      In the last 12 years I have had 2 spawns. All the same male and female koi. Each spring my females do get filled with eggs, and if there is no spawn they do absorb them over time.

      I believe I do not have spawns because of the temperature of my water. It is on the northside of my house with plenty of shade.

      I see no issues with having an all female koi pond as long as your aware of the minuet possibility of them getting egg bound.

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      Quote Originally Posted by fsbbn View Post
      Question: If one were to only keep female koi, would they still develop eggs and lay eggs? I don't want to breed my koi and don't want spawning in my pond. Would this work and if not what are some ideas to keep koi from laying eggs? thx
      Female show fish are kept separately to protect them from being damaged by males

      Males will run egg laden females to DEATH, if the conditions become right.

      Laid eggs are eaten very quickly by the hungry scavengers.

      Egg bound are another kettle of fish to be dealt with independently.

      Wait till it occurs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cottagefog View Post
      From what I have read, and MY experience.

      Female koi that do not spawn will absorb their eggs instead of releasing them into the pond. That is a fact I know.

      Sometimes female koi can fail to release their eggs. The eggs can reabsorb over time, but this is a slow process. If they get egg bound then there is a big risk of infection.

      In the last 12 years I have had 2 spawns. All the same male and female koi. Each spring my females do get filled with eggs, and if there is no spawn they do absorb them over time.

      I believe I do not have spawns because of the temperature of my water. It is on the northside of my house with plenty of shade.

      I see no issues with having an all female koi pond as long as your aware of the minuet possibility of them getting egg bound.
      Female Koi can ‘spawn’ without any males and they can be alone in a box.
      people like to vehemently defend their purchases and find it incredulous that anything could be better

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      Keeping female Koi from developing eggs is all about learning how to feed them to avoid it.
      people like to vehemently defend their purchases and find it incredulous that anything could be better

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      Russ.... Duc had mentioned something about the feeding regimen too. Is there some directions on the net that I can follow? As in how does someone like me who has no clue go about knowing how to do the right feeding to avoid eggs?

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      If there is no spermatozoa present, is it really a spawn? Asking for a friend. :-)

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      A spawning is the releasing of eggs by a female fish.

      Sperm is the product that fertilizers the eggs.

      You could fertilize the the eggs in a dish by stripping a male of his sperm and stirring the sperm in a dish full of eggs to fertilize them

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      Quote Originally Posted by coolwon View Post
      A spawning is the releasing of eggs by a female fish.

      Sperm is the product that fertilizers the eggs.

      You could fertilize the the eggs in a dish by stripping a male of his sperm and stirring the sperm in a dish full of eggs to fertilize them

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      It was a joke about a spawn. Thought it was funny when I typed it. I will leave the jokes for the experts....

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      Forum members ask all sorts of funny questions, and they would like their questions to be answered.

      I always look at it like this,somebody will benefit.

      Thousands out there are too afraid to ask the simplest of questions.

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      Quote Originally Posted by fsbbn View Post
      Question: If one were to only keep female koi, would they still develop eggs and lay eggs? I don't want to breed my koi and don't want spawning in my pond. Would this work and if not what are some ideas to keep koi from laying eggs? thx
      Yes, and the only way to stay away from females spawning is to have a nice group of males...

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      Quote Originally Posted by Russell Peters View Post
      Keeping female Koi from developing eggs is all about learning how to feed them to avoid it.
      That's what I had heard as well. I reduced my feeding regimen, I'll probably do it again this summer .

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      Quote Originally Posted by fsbbn View Post
      Question: If one were to only keep female koi, would they still develop eggs and lay eggs?
      Normally yes, they will still develop eggs. Normally no they will not lay the eggs. But in certain conditions they may lay the eggs. I think that if you keep all females, and you keep all plants and leaves out of the pond, they are very unlikely to lay the eggs.

      One other caution about the all female pond strategy ... It only takes one mistake.

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      Quote Originally Posted by fsbbn View Post
      Russ.... Duc had mentioned something about the feeding regimen too. Is there some directions on the net that I can follow? As in how does someone like me who has no clue go about knowing how to do the right feeding to avoid eggs?
      Talk to Duc about it.
      people like to vehemently defend their purchases and find it incredulous that anything could be better

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      Quote Originally Posted by cottagefog View Post
      It was a joke about a spawn. Thought it was funny when I typed it. I will leave the jokes for the experts....
      I don’t know any good jokes...
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      Quote Originally Posted by fsbbn View Post
      Russ.... Duc had mentioned something about the feeding regimen too. Is there some directions on the net that I can follow? As in how does someone like me who has no clue go about knowing how to do the right feeding to avoid eggs?
      What I read/was advised (I think from this forum) was low protein food, in fewer frequencies so they get enough to live on but not enough to produce eggs. Also, as was mentioned above, keeping them separate from the males (mine weren't eggy but still getting chased half to death). If, the do end up getting Eggy, maybe have a spawn rope handy so they don't get egg bound?

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      Here you go. It's an older thread but it has a great attachment from Russ.


      https://www.koiphen.com/forums/showt...r-getting-eggy

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