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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Koi!

Exactly one year ago back in April I wrote about how our koi had spawned just before a cool front came in. Up to that point in time, we had always been able to enjoy viewing the fish clearly. Well, right after they spawned, or perhaps because the cool front changed the water chemistry somehow, the pond became green as pea soup. We were no longer able to see the fish! We'd catch glimpses of them when they came up to feed at the surface. It was pretty sad actually to go from sparkling clear water to the green thick algae clouding the water.

My Sweetie tried different things we had learned from years of water gardening to try to clear up the pond, but nothing worked. So for a whole year we had no idea how our fish were doing or even if perhaps any of their spawn had survived.

Well, just last week, after doing a routine cleaning and adding more of the cleaning filters into the filtration system, the water cleared up! Just like that! We could see our beloved fish once again!


Here are the two largest ones. I believe the one on top is a male, where as the huge orange one is definitely a female. You can tell by their shape. Males tend to be more slim and elongated, whereas the females have rounded bellies.

I am always amazed at their beauty!
It turns our there is only one more addition to the herd. He is already a good size, but smaller than the rest. Perhaps in another post we can share more pictures of all of them. I should also mention that this past April something did spawn again. We're just not sure if it was the koi or the fancy tail goldfish which share the pond. The eggs seemed smaller, so I think it was the goldfish. Unfortunately, I don't see any fry, so perhaps this was an unproductive spawn. Sometimes though, they do manage to hide and you don't see them until they're a good size and develop color.
I only wish I could have plants in the koi pond, but that is next to impossible with big koi. They will 'peck' at anything, and dig plants out of their pots, ultimately destroying them. When they were small, I did have plants in there. Plants help keep the water clear. But I do have some in the other pond that has comets.
After visiting the koi store last week, this wonderful clearing our our pond is just so very timely.

5 comments:

Persuaded said...

oh they are beautiful! if i had a yard big enough for a pond, i'd love to have koi.

when i was first married we lived right in the middle of the city of buffalo. the main park there has a huge pond. years ago someone put koi in there and they have thrived and survived and multiplied... talk about huge! they are enormous. we always loved to feed them☺

glorv1 said...

I love your new blog look. Those koi are beautiful. You say the male koi are slim and the female have rounded bellies, isn't that the way it is with us? Sheesh. We women always come out on the short end. I like how you can see them so clearly. I bet you can sit out there and stare for hours. What do you do when you have to go away for a day or two? How do they get fed? Very nice post. Have a great evening.

YayaOrchid said...

Gloria, I'm glad you liked the new template. :)

Some people buy expensive automatic feeders. We haven't done that yet, because when we go out of town, it's usually for no longer than a couple of days.

The koi seem to do ok, and we've had them for about 10 years. There's always algae that they feed on as it grows on the walls. They eat bugs too! Of course we've never been away more than a couple of days at a time. We worry more about them having plenty of oxygen than having food. The water needs to be well aerated.

Clever Karen said...

I always wished I had a water garden. How lovely to have a pond with koi - very special!

YayaOrchid said...

You can do it. Start small, with a pond for goldfish. Once you get a feel for how the water chemistry works with plants, filters, etc. you can then invest in a larger pond for koi. BTW, koi are very hardy for the northern climates. Visit any pond site and nothern ponders use many ingenous methods to keep their ponds from freezing over completely!

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