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We have had this pond for 10 years and never no babies that we had seen. The four big fish have been with us for five years. Our pond is around 1500 gals. and about 4 to 5 weeks ago we now have an extra 30 to 40 fish, thay I would rather not have. I got in the pond and tried catching them, 45 minutes later and only three had been netted. My question is are they going to cause me problems with our big fish, I assume the pond is to small for everyone. I will try and post some pics, had no luck with a video.
 

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Shouldn't cause a problem this year but those babies will grow and fast! If you can drop your water level , it will make it easier to catch them. Save the water you pump out to a kiddie pool or large container.
I use a trap made from pvc and netting to catch mine.
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Take a five gallon water jug cut the top off where the top is the same width as the bottles widest point . Turn the top around and shove it into the bottom half drill and zip TY ie them together put a couple rocks in it and some food. Put the trap where you see the babies the most
 

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Hello and welcome!

1500 gallons is small for 4 koi, and if you can’t get a handle on the fry, please be sure to keep a close eye on your water parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH, GH, and KH.)! And be sure you have really good filtration.
 
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We all have this very same problem. Our fish keep multiplying!
While it is nice to see the new offspring, they grow quick and that may cause a strain on your filtration.
You could always try to find new homes for them once they are big enough to capture.
 
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I am going to add either a bass or a sun fish to the mix i have 8 babies from last year that are getting very big very fast and about 20 in this years spawn. the fish on the left is last years spawn while the fish in the center is from 3 years ago and the first to be allowed to stay in the pond. it is amazing how fast and how reserved they can be at times
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I have 4 adult koi in 1700 gallons. I'm a bit OCD about catching every last one of the babies....so I lower the pond water and put on my waders! This year I'm gathering information on how to safely removed my adults from the pond while I lower the water and catch the babies. Last year I had to really lower the water and besides being stressful on the adults I'm sure the water quality was bad.
 
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Make a trap tula let time do the work for you . the trap worked great when i was home. Other wise they go in get the food and find the way out over time. They are easy to make and you need a couple rocks a 5 gallon water bottle a saw and some zip ties. cheap
 

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I have used a minnow trap previous years and it worked great. However, last years fish must have been smarter that previous years because I couldn't catch them all and now I have 10 extra that I don't need. @Tula , I also dread lowering the water level to try to catch them because I worry about the water quality for the bigger fish if I do that.

@catbird what a pretty pond and nice fish you have.
 
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Take a five gallon water jug cut the top off where the top is the same width as the bottles widest point . Turn the top around and shove it into the bottom half drill and zip TY ie them together put a couple rocks in it and some food. Put the trap where you see the babies the most
Used this method with regular sized water bottles for my minnow fry a couple years ago. Surprisingly effective.
 
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I have used a minnow trap previous years and it worked great. However, last years fish must have been smarter that previous years because I couldn't catch them all and now I have 10 extra that I don't need. @Tula , I also dread lowering the water level to try to catch them because I worry about the water quality for the bigger fish if I do that.

@catbird what a pretty pond and nice fish you have.
I think I have too many hiding places for small fish and I'm determined to catch them all! I believe I'm going to fill my stock stand with pond water, aerate it, have Prime on hand, keep it in the shade and cover it securely . I'm also going to put more pond water in a kiddie pool....maybe I can even find more containers, so I can pump it back into the pond when finished.

I'm thinking of renting a big pump to pump the water from the pond more quickly. I've been told to not feed my fish for 3-5 days before doing this.
 

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@Tula it sounds like so much work! I suggest you build another pond and put the two females in one and the two males in the other!
 
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I built the shallow extension of the pond this year and while I was doing so the fish breed like crazy. I got some pretty cool colors and combinations but I am maxed out for what I want to have. By the way if anyone is looking for black very dark brown koi with yellow outlines on the scales let me know ill post some pics soon
 
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I wish! If I can ever get my pond finished, I'll be contacting you guys to ship me fish! I'd love 1-2 butterfly koi and shubinkins, maybe a few comets. I love long flowing fins.
 
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I have used a minnow trap previous years and it worked great. However, last years fish must have been smarter that previous years because I couldn't catch them all and now I have 10 extra that I don't need. @Tula , I also dread lowering the water level to try to catch them because I worry about the water quality for the bigger fish if I do that.

@catbird what a pretty pond and nice fish you have.

Bread for bait?
 
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Oh my....don't even whisper that suggestion around hubby !! LOL
sounds sexist to me. IM OFFENED . YEAH YEAH I'll get in line with all the others screaming for justice .. jk
 
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sounds sexist to me. IM OFFENED . YEAH YEAH I'll get in line with all the others screaming for justice .. jk
Ha ha.....my hubby is a good sport. He doesn't share my passion for pond life...yet is constantly dragged into "my" projects.......I dream them up and he makes them happen:) I do help.......but he does the lion's share.
 

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