Stupid mistake, Totally Devastated, Huge loss


fishin4cars

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I got home this evening to every Koi keepers nightmare. All my water was gone and all my Prized Koi were laying on the bottom, most dead, a very few in really bad shape, three survivors so far but two of them got seriously sun burnt. For the third time I was in a hurry, doing all the feeding and filter cleaning before going to work and I left the vortex clean out valve open. Only this time the pump never shut down and never lost suction and it pumped all but maybe 25-30 gallons of water out of 10,500 gallons. I'm just in total shock. I lost every female I had, all but one of my high end fish, even lost our Shamu, the fish everyone comes to see. I really don't know right now what I am going to do. No possible way I can ever replace this collection. and I'm not talking replace ones like them, I'm talking financially I can't replace what I had invested in my collection. Trying to decide right now if I even want to crank the pond back up.
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OH MY, im so sorry to hear about this, its truly devastating when things like this happen, those were some beautiful fish too. It truly breaks my heart to see someone put so much effort into something and then lose it. I wish you best of luck in your future pond endeavors. I suggest taking a week break from any ponding and then try and slowly restart it.
 
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That sucks the big one.

Give it some time. No way to think straight about this for awhile.

Down the line you'd hopefully be able to share some very good insights for others on how a pond should be plumbed to prevent this type of thing. When I moved from my San Jose house the new owners hired a pond professional who "fixed" my pond by moving the pump from the skimmer to the bottom of the pond. Same result, empty pond and dead fish. Sure glad I wasn't there to see it. I try to spread the word as best I can, but unfortunately tragedies like this seem to be needed to help others. Actually that seems to be true for lots of things.

Sure sorry this happened.
 

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Oh my, so darn sorry. If I had koi I would send you some beautiful ones.
 
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What a loss, sorry you lost so many of your Koi. With a 10,500 gal pond I would think there could be a way so this never can happen again, a fail safe of some sort? Best of luck moving forward
 

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I have been telling my self to get a low water cut off switch for a long time
Sorry Larkin
 
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I am so sorry Larkin for your loss after you just had a good time at the show.
Some weeks back i read your post about your ponds; you have a beautiful setup.
Dont let it go; you obviously have talent and know how to pick the right fish.
You also have given me plenty of direct and indirect guidance and advice - its much appreciated.
My fish werent anywhere near the value or as good looking specimens as yours - i know how it feels to have made a mistake and lost the vast majority of them. sitting at my pond a few days ago - just a few months after that loss i found myself thinking we had gotten back our pond as our new fish were happy to be in our pond.
Dont give up...
 
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On my.....I'm at a loss for words. I can only imagine how upset you must be.....a terrible loss, made worse by the shock of it. I agree with Waterbug, no way to wrap your head around this right now....take some time and regroup.

I am very sorry for the loss of your beautiful fish.
 
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I had a similar thing happen to me last week, but didn't lose any fish thankfully! One of my hoses sprung a leak overnight and woke up in the morning to find 6" or so of water in the deepest part of the pond. I really do feel for you as although the fish can be replaced with others, it is not the same, especially if you have had them a while.
 

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Oh man... Ugh... Don't know what to say... Sick and sadness I became when reading what you wrote. Just terrible terrible.

I know you are, or were, a big avid collector whom truly enjoyed the fish as if they were a family pet and I can't imagine how much this has hit you financially and emotionally.

Just pull through it man... Approach it as the Irish would... Have an Irish Wake with a few Guinness, call in a few folk, and celebrate the good times you had so to keep the good memories.

And then start again...
 
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larkin... that's messed up for sure. and it's worse when its our own fault. i have started the pump back up on my basement pond acouple times forgetting to close the filter's flush valve. luckily still downstairs and caught it before more than a few inches were lost. left the hose running for hours on refills too. basement and outside. luckily the basement pond, i always trickled the refills. so just has to clean up alittle water. now i have a barrel that i use. refill it immediately after pumping the water into pond.dechlor and let it sit for 4 days til next change...water acclimates to temp as well while sitting. "live and learn." It's always the same causes..in a hurry or getting sidetracked.
 
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