04-12-2015, 05:12 PM
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While taking a lunch break from working on the mower I decided to take some pics of some of our beauties. Pardon the look of the pond. Plants are just now starting to come back so looks pretty bare. Will take more when all is in full bloom. The Utsuri kin (large gold with black)  is the alpha male. 

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 04-12-2015, 05:28 PM
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What a beautiful hobby Freddie! I look forward to future photos.

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 04-12-2015, 05:32 PM
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Thanks Ed.  It actually started out as more of my wife's. I was just the labor that made it happen lol. First pond was 1500 gallons. It's current state now has it at 4500. 

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 04-12-2015, 06:02 PM
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Wow! Those are lovely!

When I was a teenager, I used to breed various fish as a hobby (and to raise money). I focused on smaller aquarium fish, but always wanted to keep koi. I never had the space and resources for them. 

That's a lovely pond and I'm sure it looks great when the vegetation is back. 

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 04-12-2015, 07:08 PM
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Very nice, I had koi for almost 20 years but unfortunately i lost most of my koi in hurricaine sandy a few years ago.  i had a 30k gallon pond that I closed up. 

Of my 3 ponds, I just kept a small one with some gold fish in it.

Being in VA, were you part of MAKC?

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 04-12-2015, 08:01 PM
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Those are beautiful, Freddie.  Looking forward to seeing more photos later in the season.

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 04-12-2015, 10:42 PM
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Those are Beauties Freddie, When I was married to my Ex-wife we had a small pond with Koi, when  my Pug Noah (profile Pic) was just a baby he would sit and watch them for the longest time, I don't know which gave me more enjoyment, the KOI or his little face watching them Smile. Cant wait to see more pics.

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 04-12-2015, 11:48 PM
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Very nice and a lovely variety of colours.

I personally don't have but we have a small pond at work that has 6 nice size Koi and a plethora of smaller Koi. We were fortunate that one of our females gave birth and most if not all survived.

Will take a pic or two later.

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 04-13-2015, 02:44 AM
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(04-12-2015, 07:08 PM)PanChango Wrote: Very nice, I had koi for almost 20 years but unfortunately i lost most of my koi in hurricaine sandy a few years ago.  i had a 30k gallon pond that I closed up. 

Of my 3 ponds, I just kept a small one with some gold fish in it.

Being in VA, were you part of MAKC?
WOW! Not sure if I could handle a 30k gal pond. Sorry to hear about losing them. That would crush me. Never heard of the MAKC. I assume it's a Koi club? 
(04-12-2015, 08:01 PM)freddy Wrote: Those are beautiful, Freddie.  Looking forward to seeing more photos later in the season.
Will do. Looks beautiful in full bloom and the forget me nots are draping down the waterfall. 
(04-12-2015, 10:42 PM)George N Wrote: Those are Beauties Freddie, When I was married to my Ex-wife we had a small pond with Koi, when  my Pug Noah (profile Pic) was just a baby he would sit and watch them for the longest time, I don't know which gave me more enjoyment, the KOI or his little face watching them Smile. Cant wait to see more pics.
We have a Yorki poodle mix that loves to sit at the edge and just whimper and bark. Had to pull him out a couple times when he gets to excited and slips in lol. 
(04-12-2015, 11:48 PM)Thug Wrote: Very nice and a lovely variety of colours.

I personally don't have but we have a small pond at work that has 6 nice size Koi and a plethora of smaller Koi. We were fortunate that one of our females gave birth and most if not all survived.

Will take a pic or two later.

The smaller ones in the pond are actually young from last year. Sold a number of them but have to get the rest out before they start to spawn again. 

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 04-13-2015, 04:36 AM
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Feeding time and a turtle legging it.  Yu Garden, Shanghai.

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 04-13-2015, 10:24 AM
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Excellent, Freddie! I can see a few razors there with the fish for future SOTD pics! Biggrin

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 04-13-2015, 11:22 AM
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(04-13-2015, 10:24 AM)celestino Wrote: Excellent, Freddie! I can see a few razors there with the fish for future SOTD pics! Biggrin

You have read my mind good sir! Also got some planned with the waterfall that's not shown!  Biggrin

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 04-13-2015, 11:26 AM
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Excellent! What they still lack in shaving qualities they make up in good looks Smile

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 04-13-2015, 03:50 PM
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Freddie,
Beautiful pics. When we lived in MD we had 2 ponds. I had koi in each. They were my wife's idea but I had to do all the digging  Biggrin
None of our koi were as big as yours.

How do you overwinter them? We used a stock tank heater in one pond and put all the fish in the one pond. The open water attracted birds and wildlife in the winter. But we never lost fish to predators. Is your floating alligator a decoy to keep herons away?

Phil

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 04-13-2015, 04:07 PM
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(04-13-2015, 03:50 PM)PhilNH5 Wrote: Freddie,
Beautiful pics. When we lived in MD we had 2 ponds. I had koi in each. They were my wife's idea but I had to do all the digging  Biggrin
None of our koi were as big as yours.

How do you overwinter them? We used a stock tank heater in one pond and put all the fish in the one pond. The open water attracted birds and wildlife in the winter. But we never lost fish to predators. Is your floating alligator a decoy to keep herons away?

Phil

Hey Phil! Thanks! The original pond (1500 gal) was a birthday gift for my wife. As with this one it was all me with a pick axe,  shovel, and a wheel barrow. Next time I'm hiring someone! Smile

They get no special treatment during the winter. All we do is make sure the pond does not freeze solid. Once the water temp hits 55deg or below we stop feeding them. They pretty much go into almost a hibernation and rest on the bottom. Spot on with the gator!  The previous winter one took its toll. Didnt get any of my big ones but got a number of juveniles. Since the gators introduction last year he's been a no show knock on wood. Right conditions he looks pretty darn real! 

Kind of freaky to be in the pond while it's sitting in the middle of some lily's and parrot feather and then a big koi suddenly brushes against your leg!  Biggrin

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 04-20-2015, 08:57 AM
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Awesome looking fish!

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