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.