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These are the 5 koi I relocated to the new pond! I wish the pics were better but you can get an idea
The 2 smallest ones are 1yr old, the other three are 3yrs olds, one can easily guess which one is the female :)....her name is Gaia, she is a Kin Kikokuryu and it is amazing how she has changed from plane dull orange and gray, to the beautiful (pics don't do her justice) metallic 4 color koi.

You probably figured by now that I'm not interested in show koi, my absolute devotion lays in the ornamental especially metallic type of koi

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They are so Beautiful
 
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I only have one chagoi, her name is Cha Cha.....or as hubby said " Cha Ching".....when he learned what I paid for her ! She was 11 inches she I bought her in July 2015, so am guessing she might have been 2 years old, to sure.

Here are pictures of the day I got her.....the big release was spoiled by heavy rain, but still quite a memory !
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Cha Cha is so beautiful!
So I had it all wrong huh, I thought you had 4 koi and all 4 were Chagoi, I also thought you had them for many many years...dunno why I thought that.
11-12" is a good size! I'm done buying little 5 inchers!.... no matter how much cheaper they are, it is not worth the worrying that they might get eaten. I'm glad I found a new Seller that has larger koi for a reasonable price http://www.mokoi.com/koiforsale1.htm
 
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Three of the four I've had a pretty long time, 15-16 years and I purchased them at our local fish hatchery. Cha Cha was a splurge, just had to scratch the chagoi itch and she was the most recent ( and final ) addition to the pond.
 
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@Tula , did Cha Cha change color since you first purchased her?
I don't understand why my Ochiba Shigure went from silver and brown, to totally black with a white underside
 
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Beautiful koi. You pick well.
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I got so picky over time that hubby is no longer allowed to buy any!
Thank goodness I'm actually where I want to be with the number of koi I want in each pond, so now I only replace if I lose any
I'm left with only one tiny , vulnerable baby, I'm really hoping she makes it past the critical size
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@Gemma I hope your baby makes it to a healthy robust beauty View attachment 126935
Thanks! ...you're so nice!
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We had a very mild winter and the ponds didn't freeze over, so I've been able to see her (I think it's a her) sitting on the bottom with the other fish. She is smaller than a fin on the smallest fish, but her bright metallic color makes her hard to miss...now that the temp warmed up and the fish are back swimming around, I don't see her anywhere! ...I hope she went back hiding behind the stones
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Cha Cha has lost some of her gin rin, b ut I've read that is typical. Otherwise she's pretty much the same color. I'll look for a picture from last summer.
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Oh my @Tula I'm well aware koi lose/change color, but I had no idea they can lose their GinRin
 
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Unfortunately, I lost to bullfrogs at least one of the 5" new baby koi I got last year , so hubby got me a new one View attachment 126880
She's a beautiful Kujaku butterfly, 12 to 14" long with super long fins.
I named her Ella, I love her already!
She seems a bit skinny,but she's very active and not as shy as new fish usually are

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Gemma. What a beautiful fish! I can see the blue on her sides that you see with Kujakus. Congrats!
 
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I read they are born with all the gin rin they'll ever have. As their bodies grow, the gin rin appears to be less........does that make sense?

Here is an article explaining it : https://fullserviceaquatics.com/gin-rin-koi-a-real-eye-catcher/
i don't think it's less but it's the exact same amount but on a smaller package and when the fish grows the gin rin separates as the fish grows and appears to be less but also will fade
 
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Gemma. What a beautiful fish! I can see the blue on her sides that you see with Kujakus. Congrats!
Thanks @CometKeith !
I bought my first Kujaku last year (Sky, yellow and blue Doitsu ) thanks to you posting yours.
This one I picked cause of the length of the fins, she is gorgeous!
Thank you for bringing Kujaku to my attention, once I learned that they are metallic, I had to add them to my list of favorites
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i don't think it's less but it's the exact same amount but on a smaller package and when the fish grows the gin rin separates as the fish grows and appears to be less but also will fade
Make sense, if they don't grow more
 
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Beautiful! Gemma~ Could you tell me what type of netting or wire you have over your pond?
Thank you!
The pond is covered with heavy duty mesh used for robotic guarding, it's called :
1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square PVC coated steel wire mesh
12 gauge thickness
comes in 4'x8' panels and it's very durable, in fact the one on my first pond has been there for several years and it hasn't changed any
 
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Thank you!
The pond is covered with heavy duty mesh used for robotic guarding, it's called :
1 1/2" x 1 1/2" square PVC coated steel wire mesh
12 gauge thickness
comes in 4'x8' panels and it's very durable, in fact the one on my first pond has been there for several years and it hasn't changed any
Hi Gemma. I hope you are doing okay with all this covid stuff. Just wondering how your new fish are doing and if you took any pictures recently. I myself recently purchased a Showa and a Shiro Utsuri. I’m happy with both of them. Looking forward to seeing your Koi pics!
 
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Hi Gemma. I hope you are doing okay with all this covid stuff. Just wondering how your new fish are doing and if you took any pictures recently. I myself recently purchased a Showa and a Shiro Utsuri. I’m happy with both of them. Looking forward to seeing your Koi pics!
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Keith, I'm doing great actually (thank you for asking) just been "Spring busy" like every year I disappeared to work on a project, This year's project is the pollinator's garden, inside the courtyard we built last year.
I want to attract bees, butterfly and hummingbirds! I want it to look like an enchanted garden out of a fairy tale book...what can I say, I'm still a child at heart
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My new fish.... the ones that I had indoor last year and the latest kujaku who I named Ella, are all doing great! I would definitely
recommend McBride koi (Mokoi) to anyone who shops for koi online
Unfortunately both of the 5 inch I bought last Summer are gone. I have no idea where but my money's on the very bad bullfrogs
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I will definitely post pics, I'm kinda waiting for the pond plants to grow so it'll look a bit better

ps Good luck with your new fish, I will catch up on reading, soon)
 

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