My goldfish pond

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    We do our best, sometimes things out of our control happens.

    Take bees we do everything "right" still have a hive die out. We do our best, so sad when you see all those poor little stinging ones dead.
     
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    Thanks Addy. All except this one seems fine. I wonder if it's harder on the fish that are a few years old going through their first winter. It hit 60 degrees here yesterday and is supposed to be above normal temps for the rest of the week.
    Gemma. I agree. I'm slowly moving from goldfish to Koi now. If I lost an occasional odd goldfish now and then I could manage as long as they weren't my oldest one. Now as I start to collect Koi I would be really unhappy if I lost one.
     
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    oh-oh. Sounds like we will be hearing about more koi purchases. :)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    He has a ADDICTION! lol sort of under control
     
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    I've got a couple bigger shabbies that I know weren't born in the pond & are doing ok. So it could be anything. Can't remember when I introduced them. Could it be the time of the year it was introduced in relation to how soon after it got cold & if the fish was under any stress still from its move to your pond that might've weakened it? If that's a thing?
     
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    Well I got to see my fish for the first time today in over a month. They weren't doing much but at least I could see them. It has been warmer the last two days and then will be getting cold again tomorrow.. Unfortunately I lost my Gin Rin Koi a few weeks ago. It was just floating on the top when we had a few warmer days right before the holidays. My neighbor was having her counters grinded in her back yard that week and I don't know if the silt from that created harmful conditions. As far as I know all the other ones are doing fine.
     
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    Ahhhh... that's a shame @CometKeith. I know you had high hopes for your koi. How many did you buy again?

    We still have almost 3/4 of the pond under ice, so no fish sightings today for us. It was still good to see (and hear!) moving water!
     
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    bummer, had my biggest comet pass a few weeks back, not even real cold yet
    I think as others had said, that it was just time
    how old was your koi?
     
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    Sorry to hear about your koi Keith.

    Keep in mind if your biggest fish die off first it usually means they ran out of oxygen, as bigger fish suffocate first as they use more oxygen under the ice than smaller fish. This can be prevented if you can limit the amount of ice your pond gets in winter. I use a heater and run a underwater pump with filter near the heater, to ensure the water is evenly heated. Even if you just use a heater during the worst part of winter. Some people use a air pump but the lines can often condensate and freeze during extreme cold, cutting off oxygen when most needed.
     
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    Good looking pond all around. Hope your fish make it through the winter.
     
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    Sorry to hear you lost it @CometKeith :( Is this the little one that was struggling initially, the last purchase? It could be it just wasn't able to tolerate the cold. I think @audioenvy has 2 little ones he brought inside.
     
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    @CometKeith so sorry you lost your fish! I lost one too but I'm the one to blame for that one:(
     
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    Sorry to hear about that fish @CometKeith.

    Yes I brought two 5" fish inside (not sure what I was thinking just putting them in the big pond to fend). They are over 10" long now!
     
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    Wow, that's amazing growth! When will you reintroduce them to the pond, at what water temperature?
     
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    Oh how I wish I could find some of that water lettuce. :~(
     
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    Probably in May or when the water is consistently above 60 degrees. The water in the main pond is 51 degrees now--not bad. The inside tank is 73 so it's better for growth feeding--but I just bowled them and noticed they are a bit chunky for their length so I think I'll ease up on the feeding. I'm assuming they will be over 12 inches by May.
     
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    Ugh... I hope no one bowls me. I fear they may decide the same!
     
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    Koi can get chunky and fat if water not moving fast enough. If they have swift moving water they will grow fast without getting chunky. The fast water current gives them good shape I read. If water to slow then they get fat...
     
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    Hmmm.... Thanks all! I opened my computer and found 11 messages! ...not much to do when there is just a small hole in the ice. The Koi I lost was a Hariwake. It was my favorite and the first Koi I purchased so it is quite sad :( I have two others. The last one I purchased as far as I know is still doing okay.
     
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