Oh boy... fishy love happening!

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It's spawning day at my house. My fish are going nutty. One of the big girls swam over the edge into the rain exchange (love makes you do crazy things!) When I picked her up to help her back into the pond, my hands came up covered in koi eggs. Millions of eggs.

Nobody is getting breakfast this morning- EVERYONE EAT EGGS!

We just added a new aerator yesterday that really pumps out the bubbles - I wonder if that's what got them all amorous?
 
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I love your way to describe things in your posts, makes me laugh!:D
I have never seen eggs in my pond! I know they spawn, but I usually find the babies the next year during Spring cleaning. The most babies I ever had at one time, was 5
 
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I'm glad my fish eat just about all of their eggs, and not having plants in with them really cuts down on the chance of having fry, but I would like to see the eggs at least once, so I know what they look like
 

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Sheesh, can you imagine if all those eggs were to hatch :eek:
 

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Water changes, thunderstorms and addition of plants all trigger spawns. The amount of eggs they lay is scary!
 
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I read somewhere that koi eggs only take 3 days to hatch, is it true?
 
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Well... the love dance was a success. Spotted a few tiny babies in the pond tonight. Still too small to tell if they are goldfish or koi. My guess is goldfish - they seem to breed more successfully in our pond. But time will tell!
 

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I never see any babies anymore. Only see one or two smaller black fish each year so know they got lucky to live!
 

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Once I had a big round floating net in the pond w/duckweed in it and evidently eggs were laid close to the net and when they hatched all the babies swam into the safe net. Could not have all those babies growing in my pond so took the net out right away and no more babies. Fish ate them all!
 

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I have spotted at least 3 babies in our one pond that we never get babies in! I have a couple of lilies in hanging baskets on the sides that obviously held eggs. There are 7 adults in the pond so getting a minnow trap to see if I can catch these little guys before they get big and impossible to catch. At least 5-6 made it in the other pond but with the number of lilies, it will be fall before I can get a count.
 
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I'm raising a batch of longear sunfish in my workshop tank. Plan on putting them in with the koi next spring before any spawning takes place. I have my pond stocked perfectly right now and don't want to upset the balance with a batch of new fish. The sunfish should easily snatch up any babies that happen to hatch.
 
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