Adding water lilies

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    Lisak1

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    I think lilies definitely help water quality. They do like extra fertilizer but will grow without it - they just may not bloom as much. Basically anything that grows in the water will take up nutrients.
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Yes. The koi are eating the plants.o_O
    Not destroying them (YET)
    But nibbling away at the edges.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    My goldfish never bother my lilies but I've heard koi are lily mowers :eek:
    Say goodbye to your lilies @ZEROPILOT :whistle:
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    Here's one way to divert your koi's attention away from your lilies...though it might mean a lot more grocery store runs...

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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Now the koi have begun digging in the pots. They've actually removed most of the gravel from the pots and spit it out inside the pond.
    It's looking pretty shabby in there.
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    maybe you should have a little talk...
     
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    :) Sounds like mine. They are really good about leaving the leaves, flowers and tubers alone, but they love to move the kitty litter out of the pots. Twice a year I use the pond vac to get the kitty litter and put it back into the pots. It's a little game we play.
     
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    It's kind of a pain, but I drill holes in my lily pots and zip tie black deer fencing over them :)
     
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    hmmmm, I may have to try that!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I thought the koi ate all of the lily plants. So do they just eat the roots? Or is it different w/everyone on what they destroy?
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    They are nibbling the leaf edges and all new shoots. Including flower stalks.
    I haven't seen a flower since the day before the hurricane.
    It'll end up being an $80 lunch for them
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    @ZEROPILOT shame on those beasts! You need to make them a walled off corner in your pond, stick them in there and let them think about what they've done :cool:
     
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    My koi like to pick up stones - kitty litter, from the lily pots and spit it out on the bottom of the pond. In doing so, eventually they expose the tuber, which then rises and usually gets sucked into the skimmer . For some reason, one don't usually mess with the leaves and never the blooms.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    @Tula have you tried putting some bigger flat stones around the tops of your lily pots? I found that helped when I had mine in pots. My goldfish liked to take out all the kitty litter also but they couldn't do it as much w/the flat stones on top. Now mine are all just tied to a rock w/fishing line and no soil. Sitting on the pond shelf and bloomed better this season.
     
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    I've had koi in 2 different ponds. First pond the koi destroyed any and all plants that were placed in the pond.

    My current pond they like to move pea gravel out of the pots, but seem to focus most of their plant munching energy on the parrot feather and water celery in the pond. Current pond also has gravel planting beds that have worms and other fauna in/on the gravel, which seems to keep them busy.
     
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    I did try that last summer. The problem is my koi seem to be fascinated by nosing around in the rocks...they'd get in between the large flat stones, looking for kitty litter. I've had good success drilling holes in the lily pots and zip tying black deer fencing over the top.

    One day this summer I had 13 in bloom at the same time :)
     
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    I too have parrots feather and water celery and my koi do nibble on it...which is fine, as it grows super fast :)
     
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    Yes it does. they decimate the parrots feather by July in my pond. the water celery grows too fast. It is over hanging a foot into my pond by the waterfalls, I can see the water celery move as the koi are under it nibbling away.
     
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    ZEROPILOT Faster than you are.

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    Today, to my horror, a new situation reared up.
    I noticed brown clumps floating all over the still end of the pond. Algae I thought. Until I scooped some up in my hand and noticed it was organic matter. Wood. Soil. I realized it was the soil from my Lilly pots. Now that the pebbles are gone, the koi are now ripping out the soil!
    It's everywhere!
    Tomorrow I'm going to get a bag of the golf ball sized river smooth rocks and place those in the pots to save the rest of the soil and stop those swimming wrecking crews.
    So much for my spartan, clean pond. Now there are pebbles and soil all over the bottom.
    But the fishes and the water are doing great.
     
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    Good thing you've got the pond vac
     
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