- Jul 3, 2016
- Reaction score
- Jackson TN
- Hardiness Zone
Two of the folks came from the hospital where Sarah works, they have a hospital Shop and Swap online, another lady was from our church, didn't know her but a friend told her about us, and another was a friend of one of our local pond buddy, so we got them all lined up to come this afternoon and get some fish, worked out pretty goodI'm amazed at how fast you got rid of them. I put an ad at Craigslist for my goldfish babies and no one came for them.
If you keep tension on the line once the fish is hooked it still can't throw the hook. The hook still has the sharp point that pierces the fishes mouth. Removing or crimping down the barb, just keeps the hook when going in to the fishes mouth from making a bigger hole and causes much less trauma to the fish when removed.How does a hook work without barbs? I've actually considered letting my grandkids fish for goldfish in my pond - but when I tell their parents it's "you catch it, you take it home" they decline!
That's where we are at, we had 8 that were pretty interesting, one we couldn't catch, and at the last minute one that Sarah just had to keep. But like you say they are changing colors as they get bigger. So far I have given away 47 Koi.....lolI used to do a round up every year to sell off the extras. This year I decided I'm done selling koi so no more protecting eggs and growing fry out fast. Got rid of all my extra koi and kept 11 adults and a few 1 year olds I couldn't catch. My koi decided to spawn during the sale and now I'm back to 3-4 dozen young koi in the one pond! I wish they would stop changing colors so we can figure out what to keep! I kept my trap but sold my stock tanks so not sure where to put them once I do my last roundup!!!!
Three of the six ponds I know them and they have very good ponds, the others never seen their ponds but I have heard they are good.... What tickled me was the little old lady ( late 70's... Had her 30 something grandson with her )from church that I had never met..... Thankfully she was first in line and I never saw a woman that picky.... For free Koi.... Her grandson just looked at me and smiled and shrugged his shoulders..... Some of these might not be the best ponds but if I had not found homes for them, they were headed to my pond buddies farm pond, either way they have a chanceActually had a couple change color completely over 1 weeks time! Not sure if it was the stress or the growth and color food. I was under the impression that they stopped changing colors after about 5 years but I have a 12 year old who was blue and black and is now developing orange patches! Guess will decide who to keep by long or short fin and scale pattern. Have not actually given koi away, too many people who would not be good koi parents!
I don't think you're hard hearted. Some of us have ponds prone to population explosions....I have no idea why Mother Nature doesn't balance out the fish load in my pond....but she doesn't ! LOLWell after my disaster last fall. I have learned less is better......I have ten koi....in 3000 gallons......they have prospered this summer and they are huge.....with my bio filtration and plants I have in the pond......almost zero ammonia and nitrates.....ph stayed perfect all summer....I now have ten perfect fish.....I have watched them at length.....not a belimish on them......so all that being said I know next spring I will have babies......but not going through it again.....I will put a predator fish in my pond.....probably buy a single Texas Chichlid, they will survive a zone 7 winters.....I know this sounds hard hearted to some people......but my pond is at its "Happy Place ".... Not going to risk last fall again.....Jimmy
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