What's your favorite fish in your pond and why?

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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Yes, an old thread, but interesting. I almost hate to say that I have favorites -- I had to stop naming my fish. It seems like every fish I have named has either died or disappeared.

    But, my "favorites" are a big orange & black Watonai that has the most beautiful tail, and another Watonai that is colored like a Shubunkin -- I think they called it "sky blue" when I bought it, but who knows.

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    @CometKeith I love the deep orange [red?] in your fish! I have one comet that is almost that deep -- it's solid with a white mouth.
     
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    My favorite is my bright yellow Koi. Although he is only about 10", he is my biggest and brightest fish.
     
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    Hey, Mmathis, Thanks! Your Watonai are gorgeous. re: naming i don't know if i'm superstitious but i never name mine anymore either because when I first started my pond I lost a few that I had named. I like the red in my comet a lot too. I have a baby from it now with red for 1/3rd, white for the middle, and orange for the last third. When it was born the white was a very thin stripe going around it's mid section and it kept getting wider and wider! I knew it was going to be special. I had a few Watonais a few years back that I got from Rain Garden but they didn't make it through the spring one year. It was a shame because they were so pretty and .........expensive! I might give them another try again.
     
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    fishin4cars True friends just call me Larkin Moderator

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    DSC06437.JPG This is one of my favorites in many ways. By far not the best quality koi I have, But Toby was a survivor from the spawn during the move from the old house to the new house. He ate most of his brothers and sisters in a small pond that I was holding them in when I first found them. By the time I was able to net the remaining few out Toby was the largest of the remaining fry. Toby has become quite friendly and the blue underlying color and deep red tiny tancho marking make him one of those you don't see everyday fish.
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    He's pretty! And I can guess why you call him "Toby!"
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    Got a picture?
     
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    No but I will take one over the next couple days :)
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I kinda lean toward the shubbies and this one is one of my fave's.

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    ashirley Annie in SC

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    An orange, blue, and white butterfly koi. He is very unusual and beautiful.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Well where is his picture Annie? We wanna see him :)
     
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    HARO Pondcrastinator

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    Are any of you farmer types here familiar with the cattle breed called 'Galway (or Galloway) Belted'? Well, I have an orange-red goldfish with a white stripe down each side, and I think I'll call him/her "Galway". Trying to get a picture, but so far no luck. :(
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Those little buggers are hard to photo. The ones you want are always on the move and your eyeballs start crossing after awhile. I had a camera once that I could video stuff w/ and then grab a photo snap shot out of the video. Those work nice for stuff that won't sit still for ya. Don't know much about cattle breeds.
     
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    Know what a Galloway is. There are Galloways and belted galloways both from Scotland originally I believe. Color pattern would make a neat looking koi, think Oreo cookie.
     
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    In my BIG pond.... my fishing pond......When I first had the pond built, I caught 12 bass 10"- 12" from my wife's Uncle James' farm pond right after they retired and moved off the farm. The farm was sold to a developer who drained the pond and built houses on it. That was 6 years ago, Uncle James has since passed on to the big farm in heaven, and those bass from his pond are now weighing in at 5-6 POUNDS. Every time I catch one we call him "Big Jim", after her uncle. Those 12 bass have spawned and given me a nice population to keep the bluegill in check. It gives my wife comfort to know that a little bit of the farm and "Uncle James" still lives on in our pond forever more.
     
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    That's awesome that the memory of uncle Jim lives on in that way. It's always a bit sad in my eyes seeing an old farm stead being developed.
     
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    Mine is my Gracie. She was my first Koi I bought. She is 15 years old. I love her.

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    @Sunshine A beautiful koi. I can not wait to say one of my koi are 15 years old. I have had fish for a few years but koi are new to me. Last year was my first koi. I have a total of 6 now. I noticed the picture says 2010, is that recent picture or is the time stamp wrong on the camera? If from 2010 how much bigger is she in 4 years?
     
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    The time stamp was right. Here is one on her today. Pretty much the same.

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    And here is a pic when I first got her.

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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    Leo; our biggest female rainbow. We thought she was male before she layed eggs this spring. Now she's Ms. Leo. She's camera shy - this is the best pic I've managed so far.

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