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It is! We haven't lost a fish since the day after we added the PraziPro to the pond - and the two that died the next day we guessed were too far gone by the time we added the medication. If it ever happens again we will act quickly - lesson learned.

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So it was parasitic in nature seems, like most of the issues with fish are due to some pesky little creature. On the bright side I believe I saw you still have some of the originals. And now you get to add to the family.
 
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So it was parasitic in nature seems, like most of the issues with fish are due to some pesky little creature. On the bright side I believe I saw you still have some of the originals. And now you get to add to the family.
That's the conclusion that makes the most sense. And we're pinning the blame on the pair of ducks that were frolicking in the pond in early spring - the welcome sign is gone for next year!

And we did add 16 small shubunkins to the pond a few weeks ago - they already double or even triple in size. Amazing how fast they grow! We also have spotted a few pond born babies in the last few days. We've seen lots of spawning activity, so we assumed we would see some additions!
 
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We've seen lots of spawning activity, so we assumed we would see some additions!
I am watching my shubbies going crazy over pieces of hornwort. Massive fast attack eating up, most likely, eggs. A cloud of fish. I have seen some chasing going on.
 
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This is the first time since year one that we are actually excited to see babies. Gotta rebuild the herd and there's nothing better than home grown!
 
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Glad things are looking better. And your new "family" sounds great!
I love shubunkins. We only have two. Had them for years. If I had to start over, that's what I would get. They're beautiful fish and don't get so large.
We lost three HUGE koi this year and still have two big ones. Felt bad (a couple were my favorites), but slightly relieved due to their size.
 

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I never wanted koi but built the pond to handle them. Love my shubbies
 
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We are loving our little shubunkin babies - they are all so different in color that are starting to be able to tell them apart. They have formed two distinct groups and stick together in their little schools, which is fun to watch.
 
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I went to a fish hatchery and picked out my babies. They had a lot of beautiful ones, it was hard to behave, could have picked up a lot!
 
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We had been looking for shubunkins since spring and were having a heck of a time finding any. A few pond places had tanks that were marked "comets, sarasasas and shubunkins" - they were all comets as far as I could tell. One store told us they would hold some shubunkins for us the next time they had an order come in, so we were satisfied to wait a few weeks. My husband suggested ordering them online, but the places I looked all wanted to sell them in large quantities or they wanted big money for them. And like you @poconojoe I really prefer to look at them before buying. I like to see the conditions they've been in, if there's any dead or sick looking fish in the tank and just to pick the ones I like!

We decided to head to a place that was a bit of a drive one weekend because we knew they had a plant we were looking for. We'd been there a few times before, but it wasn't in our normal rotation. We found the plant we came for (plus a few more... not gonna lie!) and then I said to my husband "I'm just gonna wander over and peek at the fish". And sure enough, a WHOOOOOOOLE tank of beautiful shubunkins. And THEN the woman says "OH! All our fish are half price!" and my husband says "we'll take them all". We were meeting family for dinner, so we asked her to hold them for us until the next day. We paid for them just so she knew we were serious about returning so she had to count them. Not an easy task - she said "I think there's 16 but If there's more or less, we'll even it out when you come back!" Turns out she was spot on! She's been counting fish for a few years I think!

Anyway, that's my shubby baby story! We had a rough winter and spring with our pond and these lovely little fish are just what the doctor ordered! Every day we go out and count heads. We bought tiny fish food pellets for them, but they are now almost big enough to eat the medium pellets we had for the bigger fish. It's amazing how fast they grow!
 

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I always check tanks, but do my best to buy no more. My pond is real stable, no disease, no issues so leaving it be.
 
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I'm so happy for you that everything has smoothed out. This winter you should be able to just enjoy your pond, not having to worry over the care of koi. My regime gets more involved each year the koi get older !
 
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