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  1. CliffandJoann

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Really nice! you have beautiful koi
     
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    CliffandJoann

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    Yikes fishin, you sure got a bargin on your koi.
    How old are your koi? ...and how many do you have?

    All ours were purchased in
    1997 and 1998...so they're 13 & 14 years old.
    we also have two goldfish, one goldfish is 14 year old.

    I'm counting on my fingers here, I think we purchased
    about 8 or 9 koi, the rest are our spawns.
    ...and yes they're between 24-26" long.

    Also most were between 3.50 and 7.00.
    Terminator, the big golden butterfly was 15.00. (we splurged on her)
    I flipped when I saw her wings and tail, and had to have her.

    I'm not sure of this statement, but it has been our experience that the
    butterflies are extremely active...it probably is because all that
    tail swishing makes them highly visable. :)

    In any case the following year in 1998 -- we added another section to
    the pond. The head groundskeeper calls it the Dog Leg...it's a section that's
    6 ft wide x 13 ft long, so they do have a decent amount of swimming room,
    and as our videos prove they sure love to swim.

    Just came back in with an edit cause I didn't answer your predator question.
    We have a trap set all the time and catch and relocate racoons all the time.
    We catch a lot of possums too, but release them into the yard cause we
    think they are fish friendly. we actually have an outdoor pet possum.
    as far as birds of prey...we're surrounded by huge oak trees and the birds don't
    feel secure enough to land in our yard.

    Terminator
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    My Koi range from 6 years old to about 8 months old (1) LOL We have 23 koi all together, plus 7 Comets/Shubunkins again 1 baby from this year the rest are two-six years old. 7 of the koi are in a 300 gallon raised pond that is used as a QT tanks and hopsital tank. I'll be transfering 4 of them to the main pond this fall, one stays in there all the time and 2 are being taken back to my Koi dealer as they didn't develope like I hoped they would, We are also going to remove six more this fall from the main pond (All standard Koi) and return them as well. That will leave us with 21 in the main pond and 1 in the QT tank for the winter. We got hit hard last winter by a heron and a owl and lost 90% of our old stock. Only 6 are our original fish are left and all of them are between 15" and 19" and then Lucky, which like I said I got him this spring and he was already larger than all our koi we had, all the rest are under 12" or close to it. We do still have three butterfly koi we kept from last years spawning. All three are Gin Rin's We have bought some high $$ koi in the past. We bought a Shiro Utsuri last year my wife paid $130 for that was suppose to be show quality, and I bought three online that averaged over $50 each. All ended up being Bird food so I doubt we spend that much again on a koi until we have a fully secure pond for them to live in.
    Our primary pond has a total of 2500 gallons, 400 is not used by the fish at all, it's for the plants, water movement, and the frogs. Next pond will be considerably larger, and a lot more thought out. The present pond wasn't really designed for Koi but more for Lily's and goldfish and the Koi addiction bit hard. LOL I need to get a updated video made but taking the covers off is a two person job and I hate it! So I haven't been videoing it this year as much. I figure I will put up with ugly to keep my little wet buddies safe and sound. Here is one of the Videos, I have a few on You tube that I have used for demonstrations for members to show how I keep food out of the skimmer and how to backflush a filter fall system. In the video right at the end you'll see a orange and black fish that looks like a Butterfly koi that will sit in the center of picture for a bit, That is actually a very large Comet. that's Halloween, It started off a black comet, has been changing since the day we got it and most think it is a butterfly koi, But he's not.
     
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    CliffandJoann

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    put this in the bottom drain thread by mistake...so I cut and
    pasted it here...

    Wow fishin' I'm impressed...your fish are gorgeous. really..

    my head groundskeeper was looking
    over my shoulder at your fish -- and now he wants a red one...LOL see what you started!
    Too bad you don't live closer, I'd be over with a net! :)

    The frogs are a hoot...we haven't had a frog in several years...we think it is cause our
    fish are too big and friendly and scare off the frogs.
    You said you have a seperate pond for frogs, good ideas.

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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

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    gorgeous photo!
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Terminator is one big beautiful fish..............looks like he's flying right at me!
     
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    Hi Cliff and Joann. Welcome back! Really nice pond and garden!
     
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    CliffandJoann

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    Thanks DR. DAVE, JW, and CometKeith.
    I found if you want to get good photos don't feed the fish.
    If you feed them, they boil the water in excitement instead
    of mugging for the camera...I feed mine afterwards.

    This is the pic I was looking for, it's one of my favorites.

    Our two favorite gals, Terminator and Silver...
    They are the two Mothers of most of our offspring,
    and it's uncanny they both have a a kid that looks exactly
    like them.
    I took a video today of the Dog Leg section of the pond
    and will post it next...

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    Dog Leg Today...

    http://www.youtube.c...u/0/OCh7UnVtiLY
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    simply beautiful fishin!
     
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    DrDave Innovator Moderator

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    I wish I had your camera skills!
     
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    CliffandJoann

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    Thanks Addy,
    Dr. Dave, I really have no camera skills at all. I just know how to point
    and shoot, really...my only advantage is my head groundskeeper keeps
    our pond sparkling clear, and our koi love to be photographed cause as they know
    after the shoot Ma rewards them with snacks.
    They also swim on top of the water all the time... :)

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    Awesome flowers, water sound and fish! Really like the white fish/koi gorgeous!
     
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