How do I promote spawning?


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Second season and no apparent spawning. It could be that I have all males or all female; that there were eggs that I missed and were eaten or; I need to change the water chemistry. No problems with the apparent health of the fish or plants, so I don't really monitor the chemistry. I have a mixture of eight goldfish...comet, shubunkin, then I added one tiny Koi and two OrfesMathis year. I would like to see some spawning. What do you suggest?
 

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Curious, but what is an “OrfesMathis?” You may have immature fish, or same-sex fish. Or they may be spawning and eating the eggs - a fishy delicacy, I hear. Do you have plants in your pond, and how deep is it? There could be fry hiding up among plants. Oh, and having plants is a good way to encourage spawning. I’ve had my pond for 6 years, have all goldfish (comets, Shubies, and a Watonai or Wakin or 2). I have NEVER witnessed spawning behavior — and I’m sure that I have a good gender mix. I HAVE HAD babies, however! In fact, this season there are about 5 fry that I’ve spotted. At first, they weren’t coming close to the surface and I never would have spotted them if I hadn’t been in the right place at the right time. They were a little bigger than a pencil. Now they are growing, and every once in a while they will venture up to the surface and try to feed with the big guys (though they’re still more timid in general, and aren’t easy to spot.)
 
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Have you seen what looks like your fish chasing one another? or they rub against a certain spot first one fish then another? do you have any spawning brushes in the pond?
 
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They pretty much are chasing one another all the time. No spawning brushes, what is that?
 
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They pretty much are chasing one another all the time. No spawning brushes, what is that?
GOOGLE.. its a material fish love to use to spawn in that you can remove to a separate tank so they don't become caviar. Wish I had this problem I have been trapping fry for over a month at least 3 or 4 every day after a month i'm still catching baby koi
 

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GOOGLE.. its a material fish love to use to spawn in that you can remove to a separate tank so they don't become caviar. Wish I had this problem I have been trapping fry for over a month at least 3 or 4 every day after a month i'm still catching baby koi
You can also use yarn to make a “spawning mop.” Also avail. on Google.
 
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I've seen people just use a string mop - anything the eggs will stick to. And boy do they stick! I had to rescue one of my girl fish who swam over the edge during some "private time" and got eggs all over my arms, legs and flip flogs. Weeks later I was still picking dried eggs off my shoes!
 

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