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Hello, my wife and I are new to the garden pond scene and are looking forward to learning a lot from here. This spring we built up a two tier, pre-formed pond alongside our back deck. We use a Laguna maxflo 600 waterfall pump in the bottom pond which pumps up to a Laguna UV sterilizer, and then into a homemade bio filter that I learned how to make on Youtube. The top pond just overflows into the bottom. We currently have 2 Comet goldfish and 4 Koi which I can't remember offhand which type they are. I'll post a couple pics to get us started.
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Welcome.:)
What size is your pond?
It looks like it's too small for koi, so you should try to familarize yourself about nutrient control and filtration.
 
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The lower pond is 220 Gal. and the upper pond is 110 Gal. My Mom had the ponds before me at another location and had Koi and goldfish thrive so I figured it was safe to try myself. They seem to be doing well. I haven't done any testing. The water keeps crystal clear with minimal algae. I understand that doesn't always mean the water is healthy, but I plan to learn more about water quality from the forums here.
 
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Your pond is lovely! Nice job!

I will second @MitchM - koi need a much bigger pond than what you currently have... notice I said currently! You may find yourself digging in the near future!

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Hi Fedfire37. Welcome to GPF. Your pond looks great. You did a fantastic job. I have a 700 gallon pond that is too small for koi. Keeping goldfish will be much more rewarding for this size pond and you will have way less problems. My goldfish show a wide range of behavior and are really fun to watch so by no way are you sacraficing anything with keeping "just" goldfish.Good luck!
 
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Welcome and very cute ponds. Only goldfish and shubbies for me.
 
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Welcome to the forum from Plymouth UK Fedfire 37, koi can continue to grow all of their lives and will out grow your ponds or be stunted by them .
You may want to concider @MitchM suggestion of swopping them for goldfish as in reality you need a pond of 1,000 gallons upwards .
But in saying that I kept koi indoors behind glass in a huge 220 imperial gallon tank 6 x 2 x 2.5 for 22 years and my koi where in imaculate condition , however we moved outside 6 years ago to a larger pond giving the 3 or 4 times that space .....see photos of 220 gallons imperial set up indoors :happy:
Ignore the 50 banners that was eight years ago now "god how time flies"

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As the koi reached 22" we sold them on but kept two fish back Tiny a rescue koi and browntop as we call him , Tiny passed last year aged 27+ [the plus ign is because you dont know how long they had kived with the breeders prior to selling to koi dealerships in the UK]:cool
The large koi with the douitsu scales is our oldest koi at 28 years + this year, we still have others that are 15, 10, and younger from those days they never grew over 10 ".
He has just survived a lightening strike to the pond that has left him a tad kinked but otherwise in good health .:)

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