Newspaper article on Koi

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by a425couple, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. a425couple

    a425couple Guest

    We recently spent some time in Honolulu, and as
    always enjoyed seeing the large Koi in multiple
    viewable ponds.
    We have recently moved homes and no longer
    have ponds, but even prior to that pretty much
    gave up interest on anything like Koi. Our fish
    had included goldfish, commets, schubunkins
    and a few Koi, but the longest any survived
    predation was about 2 years.

    Anyway, while we were there the paper
    Star-Advertiser had an interesting article
    about a fish show:
    Koi story
    Hobbyists and admirers gather to share their passion for the fish
    By Nina Wu
    POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011
    For James Kinney, president of the Aloha Koi Appreciation Society,
    keeping a koi fish pond in ecological balance brings a sense of peace.
    "It's a living art form," he said. ----

    Please read and enjoy

    What surprised me was:
    "Koi fish have an average life span of 70 to 80 years, said Kodama,
    although there are records of a koi that lived more than 200 years."

    "Kodama said Hawaii is an ideal place to raise koi due to the quality
    of the island water and year-round warm weather. A number of
    mainland koi owners "board" their prized fish at the farm for those
    Just seems 'strange' to 'board' out your relaxing calming
    pet fish. But, hey, what do I know, I kept them where
    they all got eaten!!!!
    a425couple, Feb 22, 2011
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    ~ jan Guest

    I'm sure those predators miss you & your hobby. I've got about 3 koi left
    that I originally started with in 1995. One of which was put in the pond
    the summer of '95 and two others that were purchased in fall of '95 and
    wintered over inside till the season of '96. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Feb 24, 2011
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  3. a425couple

    a425couple Guest

    "~ jan" wrote in message...
    Ohh, in the overall scheme of nutrition in that
    suburban neighborhood, I'm confident that
    my fish were a very small part (but tasty!)
    So some of yours have lasted 15 years, Cool!

    Another interesting quote I found,
    "Koi do grow and under ideal conditions, they can reach two feet
    in three years."

    Actually, although it was not a real intention,
    we ended up moving to a house on a lake.
    One person here on lake is quite active in getting
    salmon to naturally home here.
    Numerous small fish can be seen in the lake,
    but it does not seem nearly the same as a
    bunch of colorful 'pet' fish that eagerly come
    to be fed.

    Every once in a while we get visited by
    a river otter.
    Always plenty of water foul.
    And I frequently have to deal with the
    aftermath of beavers.
    Life goes on.
    a425couple, Feb 25, 2011
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    ~ jan Guest

    The biggest koi in my pond is from a hatch in 2003. I think she is actually
    bigger than one I sold several years ago because I thought she needed a
    bigger pond. Since I've lost 2 since that time, not sure I'm ready to give
    this one up, especially since I only ended up keeping 2 of the babies and
    they haven't spawned again since. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Feb 26, 2011
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