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At last I've gotten together our latest koi photo's for everyone to have a look at , we hope you like them , doing the water change the other moring I took a peak under the covers and they are all looking well and coping with the cold weather , well I say cold weve had a bit of a warm spell these last few days and the pond temperature is now up to 11c during the day .
But with the good weather comes bitterly cold nights with no cloud cover to stop it .
Looking at our weather station we are down to 6c and on its way down again .
In photo number two the shusui nice as it looks hides a tumor on its rear right flank thankfully they can live with these for years
In photo number seven you'll meet Brown top our oldest koi who is 27 years young
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Whow, love the one that's black/white with red circle on the head!! Beautiful fish.
 

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You have tons of beautiful koi Dave! I like them all but the bright yellow one sure shows up nicely. I'd like to find some yellow goldfish.
 
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Whow, love the one that's black/white with red circle on the head!! Beautiful fish.
You have tons of beautiful koi Dave! I like them all but the bright yellow one sure shows up nicely. I'd like to find some yellow goldfish.
Thanx Nepen the fish your asking about started out as one type and sort of morphed into a number of others Matt its previous owner bought it as an Utsuri now well I dont know what it is exactly but its taken the Unique koi trophy at our shows .
There are two fish in the frame for that , the first the yellow one is an albino koi called the Aka Kigio they are a true albino with the read eyes, the Breeder who breeds them in Japan can only tell if he has them in the mud ponds they are raised in , he does this by using a crocodile and aligater counting trick (by shining a light in their eyes at night).
The other more orange of the two is a Yamabuki Ogon the first part of the name being the Japanses breeder j.w.


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Dave- Your Brown top looks a lot like my Big Mama. I got her over 15 years ago as an Israeli koi and she was mostly blue. She runs the pond and protects all the other fish. At 35+" she can be a problem to catch fish to sell!
 
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Dave- Your Brown top looks a lot like my Big Mama. I got her over 15 years ago as an Israeli koi and she was mostly blue. She runs the pond and protects all the other fish. At 35+" she can be a problem to catch fish to sell!
Mrschem we would never sell our brown top we owe it to her to pass out her remaining years with us shes been with us since the start, shes a pet first and formost
As long as she lifes ad that could be at least 35 years upwards to 80 if shes lucky .
If we can no longer through failing health look after her then my friend Max will take her on for the rest of her days at Max's Goldfish and koi rescue service as her own pet. its been arranged for three years or more now.
Max runs the UK's only rescue service in the UK for goldfish and koi and hopefully will be made soon a charity :happy:

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Love the pictures of your fish Dave, I think my favorite is the big black and white one with the orange spot on it's head. I tend to like the more unusual markings on fish/critters.

I noticed the food floating in a few of your pictures. Are you still feeding?
 
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No Maria these photo's where taken a few weeks prior to the water temperature dipping down bellow 10c and before the covers went on , we thought it high time we put some new photo's up .of the pond as a winter talking point .
The food in question would havbe been wheatgerm and garlic

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No Maria these photo's where taken a few weeks prior to the water temperature dipping down bellow 10c and before the covers went on , we thought it high time we put some new photo's up .of the pond as a winter talking point .
The food in question would havbe been wheatgerm and garlic

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That's kinda what I thought ;)
 
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That's kinda what I thought ;)
Yes those covers will stay o until the thermometer gets above 10c for a period of time , at the moment we are getting down to the minus figure again but today looks to be clowdy so we may get up to 9c in the pond .
We get a drop of 2c when things are freezing giving us 7c under the covers, but we still go ahead with our water changes on a weekly basis using the trickle method of warming the trickle of water entering into th pond .
Have you done anything in the way of covering your Goldfish this year , stock tanks are best and can be easily covered by laying sheets of Polycarbonate roofing sheets over the top ?.
A big plus is you can also insulate the pond itself :happy:
 
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The only thing covering the pond right now is a net. The stock tank has a sheet of plywood covering most of it (just enough opening for the tubing from the stock tank heater and air pumps)

My pond is small enough I could probably buy a piece of that polycarbonate roofing you use. I would love to see a photo of your pond with the ply cover on it. Would that be possible?
 
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Mrschem we would never sell our brown top we owe it to her to pass out her remaining years with us shes been with us since the start, shes a pet first and formost
Dave- Big Mama will never be sold! As soon as she sees the net she herds everyone into a corner and guards them. She now has help with Moby- 3' white longfin.
 
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Dave- Big Mama will never be sold! As soon as she sees the net she herds everyone into a corner and guards them. She now has help with Moby- 3' white longfin.
Good to hear shes taking her resposiblities seriously mrschem we have a large orangi Matsuba thats younger than browntop the younger ones hang about with them both , I suppose they feel safer shoaling around a larger koi , but never really thought about it till now .
But I suppose its something like a reef with fish out at sea or the bulk offers them the chance of safety in numbers

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