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I went out and bought one of these little beauties today. We have a little algae going on in the pond and I thought it would be a nice addition. My wife and I admired it all the way home. We admired it while we acclamated it and we now are pretty much done admiring it....................We can't see it no more...LMAO We dropped it in the pond and poof gone. We got the one with as much color as we could but still very hard to locate, at least in the daylight. I'll let you know how it goes under the lights at night.

Cheers Rick
 
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i saw DR Ds pic it looks like a neat fish. whats your pond doing ?
 
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Pond is doing good. It has a little normal algae. Nothing out of the ordinary. Went to the local fish store and they had some real healthy looking high fin's, thought I'd give one a try. He seems to be doing good this morning.

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:grumble: ???????; How much did you pay for the high fins??? $12.50 ? more. Our local pet store has them but she is asking $45.00 each for them. Good or Bad price??:FIREdevil::profile:
 
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Hello.....................First I would find out if it was locally bred as they are endangered species. Having said that the price would be dictated by size. I paid $40.00 for mine which was about 5 inches long when I bought her. I've had mine I think 2 or 3 months now and she is doing great and is a great addition to the pond. They do pretty much eat algae so if your pond is low or no algae you need to supplement with algae tabs........Good luck

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Next question would be where to get them. Have I over looked them in my local aquarium store or should the pond store carry them?
 
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They are an endangered species, so I don't recommend Just buying one without knowing if it was locally bred or not, but thats your choice. Where do you live?
 
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My family is definitely interested in finding one locally bred. We keep reef tanks and try to only get aquacultured corals and tank raised fish. We live in Dallas, GA about 45 minutes from Atlanta.
 
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Well I was just looking at the Wikipedia reference of them and the water temp range is a lot higher than I thought. http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Myxocyprinus_asiaticus
If you live in Dallas I assume it does get pretty cold and you might have to house it in an aquarium during the winter as the temp range seems to be 65 to 82. I was told something else at the local fish store of course. Anyhow I found mine at a local fish store and they are everywhere here in So. Cal. I would not know where to tell you where to get one in your area and you might get some guff from others on this forum about getting one at all as they are endangered. When I got mine and mentioned it on another forum, I was scolded for doing so by several members. If it was me I would go to your most trusted local fish store and ask them......Good luck
 
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Well, I did a little reading also and the top of the water froze last winter except at the waterfall. I don't have a freshwater aquarium to put him in so oh well. Keep us posted as to how yours is doing.
 

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I bet I can guess which Forum that was. They are the biggest bunch of "know it all snobs" I have ever run into. Everything with them is either black or white. They would have you kill your entire population of Koi if even one is suspected of having a disease.

I have friends with Chinese High fin sharks in their ponds here in So Cal. They have had ice on their ponds in the winter at times and never lost them. It gets over a 100 degrees here in the summer. Those are pretty tough fish.
 
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I bet I can guess which Forum that was. They are the biggest bunch of "know it all snobs" I have ever run into. Everything with them is either black or white. They would have you kill your entire population of Koi if even one is suspected of having a disease.

Yeah you do know the one................. I actually stopped posting after that. They made me feel like a criminal. Even though this high fin was bred locally supposedly and was in a 30 gallon tank with 6 other high fins, I thought I'd be giving this fish a good life. He is doing awesome and seems to be very happy in his new diggs. My wife and I love him. I live in So. Cal too. Do you think he would be ok in my pond through the winter here? I have 6 other indoor aquariums and could house him/her inside if needed but would prefer to keep in the pond. What do you think Dr. Dave??

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I have friends with Chinese High fin sharks in their ponds here in So Cal. They have had ice on their ponds in the winter at times and never lost them. It gets over a 100 degrees here in the summer. Those are pretty tough fish.

My friend lives in Ramona where it gets into the low 30's wintertime. His have been in his pond for years now. His is 3' Deep pond and in-ground so maybe it is warmer. Your's is above ground, but deep enough. Worth a try, you always have the alternative if you think it's getting too cold out.
 
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Yeah I cant imagine the water getting colder than 50 or so. I heard they could hang with the koi.
 
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:4_13_71:if they are endangered then why is it they can be sold at all.???
The ones here are 3" long max. Don't know where they get them. I will have to ask. Utah winters are dry and cold.:cold: Hummmmmm I think I will look into this one a little deeper. I have seen them for sale on the net for 12.50 + shipping.:wink::compute:
 
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:4_13_71:if they are endangered then why is it they can be sold at all.???
The ones here are 3" long max. Don't know where they get them. I will have to ask. Utah winters are dry and cold.:cold: Hummmmmm I think I will look into this one a little deeper. I have seen them for sale on the net for 12.50 + shipping.:wink::compute:
Well as I said in a earlier post, I was scolded on another pond forum for purchasing one. However I noticed they are everywhere here in So. Cal at local fish store's and don't appear to be endangered here at least. The ones here are about 5 to 6 inches long. The link they posted on the other forum mentioned they are endangered in China only and unknown in the aquarium trade http://www.csupomona.edu/~jskoga/Aquariums/myxocyprinus/myxocyprinus.html
..............All I know is we love ours and she appears to love her new home as well
 

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Now is your chance to take on those eliteists and challenge where they got their "endangered species" information. Ask for proof.
I love a good fight.:wink:
 
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Now is your chance to take on those eliteists and challenge where they got their "endangered species" information. Ask for proof.
I love a good fight.:wink:
Well I don't really post on that site any more as most of those guy's are in England but, it is in wikipedia encyclopedia that it is an endangered species. I already had mine by the time I learned any of this and all I know is I treat this fish like I treat all my fish and animals, which is to say better than I treat myself. I live, breath and sleep fish, dogs and cats. It is funny though that that forum was bucking for votes as it fell from being the top website for koi, and was asking for people to vote for it to put it back on top. I find this one to be much more enjoyable.
 

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