My small pond

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    More pics of Lucy hopefully she can be identified better ?
    I was told at the shop she was a Gin Rin Chagoi but just wanted confirmation as I’m a newbie to having a pond and keeping fish!!.
    A few pics of pond too, we have dogs so decided on a raised pond!.
    74in long
    48in wide
    36in deep
    Think it’s around 2,000 litres
     

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    @Angie1966 that’s a unique pond, and it’s smart that you were taking your furry pets into consideration when you planned it. The screened top is also a good way to keep predators from getting at your fish. Just curious what your climate is like where you are. Do you have a lot of freezing winter weather?

    Is your pond 2000 liters or 2000 gallons?
     
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    Hi
    Thanks for responding to my post
    Last year was our first year with a pond , it was a preformed pond, ledges for plants, was ok but a preformed pond limits the water space, was ok last year as all the fish were very small around 3 or 4 inch.
    This pond is just water space for the fish, as you can see it has mesh frames so they can not jump out and a winter/heron proof top frame.
    Last year was a very bad winter it’s not normally as bad, we are now more prepared this year and this pond is deeper and incalated so they should be more protected no matter what winter throws at us.
    It’s around 2,000 litres, the pond / puddle we had last year was 750 litres lol
    Did I say I’m a newbie to ponds
     
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    Very nice! Beautiful job.
    Stephen
     
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    Hello @Angie1966 and welcome!

    I am not a koi expert, so I can't help with that. Is there a particular reason why you are wanting to know what kind of koi you have? Just curious!

    I am a bit concerned that you have what appears to be a number of koi in a 500 gallon pond - that won't be big enough for those fish as long term. Do you have plans for a bigger pond?
     
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    Nice pond. Great job building it!

    Watch your water tests as the koi grow, they do require great filtration and a lot of water room.
     
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    I can't speak for OP but I like to know what koi I have so that I know what to say when people ask me (and they do) ... also so I can look for another one like it in case I lose mine.
     
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    Thank you so much
     
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    Hi I’m just curious to know what she is that’s all, I’v only had fish since last April 2017.
    We have a mixture of fish not just koi, most of our fish are small around 3 to 5inch, I do understand your concern we know a few people who have very big ponds so once they outgrow this pond we know a few lovely places for them
    Sadly the garden isn’t big enough for a larger pond
     
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    Hi addy
    Thank you very much
    Yes we do a water test regular.
    Thanks for your information we had issues with the last filter but now we have a better one as we now know that koi waste is more dense and some filters are not efficient!.
     
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    Hi Gemma
    This is the reason I would like to know, I would like to be able to say what koi they are too
     
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    Thing is once they breed they will be mixed and no way to say what fish you have .I know I have koi mutts ,lots of koi mutts .Koi also need lots of aeration in the pond
     
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    Hi sissy
    Thanks for the information
    We have water coming in from 2 places in the pond and also have air stones on, they seem fine,
    Last year we didn’t have air stones, the fish were very small but our sturgeon soon told use he needed more air and we rectified it immediately
     
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    I get it! I was just wondering why you were curious about that koi and not the others. And like @sissy said, not all koi are "something" - many are just pond koi that don't fit the categories for show koi.

    Good to hear! Too often the first indication that it's time to move becomes an emergency. You sound like you're on top of it!
     
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    @Angie1966 Just be sure that the people with the larger pond(s) are on board with taking your fish.

    I too, was curious about why you are wanting to know what kind of koi you have. Not that it’s unusual to want to know, but you’ve gotten answers, yet keep bringing it up. I brought that up in one of your other threads. Koi types are fascinating, but as was mentioned, the average koi you’re going to run across is of no particular type. But again, if I had koi, I would also want to know as well, so not criticizing— just curious since it seems to come up even though you’ve gotten some responses already. Whatever it is, it’s a pretty fish — Lucy, did you say?

    And yes, keep a close watch on your water quality! What type of testing are you doing? Five hundred gallons is really pushing it for just one koi, but the concern here is that you have multiple fish in with that koi. In general, 1000 gallons is the minimum for a single koi, so keeping excellent water quality with good filtration is important — koi grow fast and produce a lot of waste and your water quality can go downhill quickly. BTW, great job bringing this guy back from an uncertain future! Some people say “they are just fish,” but they are our pets and we become very attached — especially once their personalities surface!
     
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    Unless you do what I do!.... which is limit the number of fry (I never had more than 5 babies in one year) by removing anything the eggs could hide from getting eaten (that's why I keep plants in a separate pool) and re-home any baby that regardless my effort still manage to be born

    ..but just because I can manage my pond this way, doesn't mean it would work in another pond
     
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    if you have different kinds of fish they will interbreed so will not be a true what ever breed they started out to be .I remove the eggs also and always have and I still get babies .I have even found them in my filter .
     
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    As long as you have a female and a male fish you will have babies! I control mine by not feeding during spawning season. The fish inhale the eggs, some still survive though.
     
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    Hello, hope you figure out the type of koi you have, she is pretty. It's good you have a plan for the fish that may overpopulated your pond.
     
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    Thanks for your tip I will definitely look into this!. :)(y)
     
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