This past weekend had us enjoying a bit of a cool front. With May just around the corner, that is almost unheard of in this neck of the woods. This is south Texas, and the heat starts packing a punch sometimes in early March, even as early as February. Summer heat is brutal in this area, so if it can be delayed in any measure, all the better. Interestingly, a mere few hours before the cool front arrived, and while it was still balmy and warm, the white female koi in the picture spawned. There was so much splishing and splashing going on, literally hundreds of eggs were released, some sticking to the walls of the pond, so many unseen at the bottom of the pond. We did remove some of them to a holding tank so as to keep them from being eaten. These were the eggs which were attached to mop heads we had placed in the pond in preparation for a spawn. Koi usually begin to eat the eggs soon after spawning, and only a few actually hatch if left in the pond. Those which do hatch must then have adequate hiding places, usually in the way of plants or plant roots, or even the algae which can also provide nourishment with microscopic organisms. In the past, spawning usually ocurred in mid May, when the weather was very warm. The cool front which blew in might have a negative effect on the hatching success of the spawn. All we can do is wait and see. We also have a comet goldfish pond, so we will be keeping an eye on any spawning happening there as well. Those usually produce an abundance of babies, which we have had pleasure in sharing with friends.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~