Koi or goldfish?


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Agree with mrsclem, goldfish. In addition to barbel/whiskers, koi mouths are down turned for bottom feeding.
 
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And might I add - they look like some mighty sturdy, well-fed, healthy goldfish!
 
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Thank you guys very much, and yes they are quite large that’s why I suspected they may be koi fish. There are three or four of them that are orange with white or black colouring on them and they are about eight or 9 inches long and about 2 inches around I didn’t realize goldfish got that big. I recently bought a house with a pond and I inherited the fish along with it, so I am new to the whole pond life! You may see me on here a lot asking questions! Thanks again
 
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Another vote for goldfish. They can get bigger than they are now with good care, so don't be surprised if they keep growing. Adult goldfish can be 12 inches or larger and carry a lot of bulk. They aren't supposed to be those little things you see in the pet store for their entire lives.

Best of luck with your new house and pond and welcome to the forum.
 

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I vote goldfish and I've never seen them keep the black on them forever although it can take several yrs sometimes to change to either various shades of orange or also white. Shubinkins are a pretty type of goldfish and they have more colors on them.
 

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Welcome to our group! Nice looking goldfish.

Don't run out and get koi for your pond. Unless it is big enough and enough filtering to care for them. They get huge
 
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Good to know, because I’m so new at this I don’t think I wanna risk Doing Koi fish yet. I’ll stick with my big goldfish. Thanks for all your help!
 
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gf . They and your pond look very healthy. share your pond in photos. As was mentioned above they look very well fed now how old are these fish ? 9" koi would be under three years old
 
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Tell us more about your pond. Width, length, depth.
Pictures of the pond would be welcomed as well!
Questions? Keep asking...plenty of knowledgeable and friendly folks here willing to help out.
Oh, the consensus on koi is that you need at least 1,000 gallons for one koi. If you your pond is smaller and you do have koi, you better have some serious filtration going.
If you do have the need or want to add more fish, check out shubunkins. They don't grow anywhere near the size of koi, and they are beautiful fish. Beautiful colors and long flowing fins. If I had to do it all over again, I would only buy shubunkin.
 
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Good to know, thank you for all the quick information that you guys of all provided me. My pond Is about 1300 gal. It’s approximately 12 feet long, 6 feet wide and it is just over 3 feet deep on one end and just over 2 feet deep on the other end. The big fish you see in the picture I have a bout five or six that size but I have about 30 smaller guys that range from 2 to 3 inches long. They had so many babies it was crazy. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure that’s too many fish for that size of pond?
 

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Your pond size is fine for that many goldfish, especially since the majority are small. As long as you have proper filtration be it plants or an actual filter.
 
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Yes I have quite a good filter with UV light the disperses water into the pond by we have two small waterfalls. Plants on the other hand I don’t have a lot of. I do have some lilly pads but I have not had good luck with Pond plants so far. It’s funny, I am actually The landscaper and can grow pretty much anything but apparently not pond plants LOL. Not sure if you can see it in some of the pictures but I have a really weird plant weed thing that grows up from the bottom. Looks like seaweed. It pulls out quite easily with a small root system but it grows like crazy and I’m not sure if it’s good for the fish or bad for the fish?
 
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Goldfish and koi are really different creatures when it comes to how many you can have in a pond - the biomass of a koi (and the resulting waste they create) is incrementally larger than a goldfish. You're fine with that many Goldies in your pond !

I'm not sure what you plant is that's growing in the pond, but if it's been there this long you can assume it's fine for the fish. Just don't let it overtake the pond and you'll be fine!

Lilies like it warm and sunny for the most part - there are a few that will bloom in low sunlight, but for the most part they want sunshine. What kind of exposure do you have for your pond? And there are TONS of other pond plants you can try other than lilies if you find those don't do well in your pond.
 
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Awesome thanks!. My pond is south facing so it gets plenty of sun I do find in the hot summers do you like to go to the deeper water because it’s probably a little bit cooler. When we bought the house they had massive maple trees planted all over the edge of the pond. They were so big I thought the roots were gonna puncture the liner so I remove those trees and relandscaped around it. I’ll send a picture to show what it looks like now
 
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