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02-07-2012 07:56 PM
xenxes Nice pond

What's a "true koi pond?" When I finally settle down to a place and get a property, I'm digging a 10k gallon ditch, throwing in 2 waterfalls, a stream, and getting butterfly/American koi local breeders sell for $2.5 / each, with the longest fins I can find :P They're hardy and beautiful.

It will be epic. Who cares about what other people think?
08-24-2011 02:57 PM
150EH There's the shade tree I was talking about.

I was in thr landscape business for 20+ years but never did any ponds, but I would love to have a waterfall and dry creek bed near my patio, I have the plans here on my computer I just need someone to loan me about $23K to get started.
04-27-2011 08:07 AM
Viv Like almost everyone else I think your pond looks great! I've got a mixed koi and goldfish pond and haven't got a skimmer Not even sure what it is? My fish seem happy though - even the 16" koi I've watched grow from 3" over the last three years.

I'd be interested to know what problems I should be looking out for though so if I do get any I can catch them early?

04-17-2011 05:23 PM
jkan0228 Or you can nail or glue in hooks to your rocks and then pull the net over the hooks. Although this didn't work for me since all the rocks on the side get wet in my pond
04-17-2011 05:21 PM
Originally Posted by jkan0228 View Post
steel wire and just tied a net over it.
Agreed, they have steel mesh you can use to cover your pond with. Don't forget to fasten the mesh under the rocks or something, so it doesn't move.
04-17-2011 04:59 PM
jkan0228 I keep koi in my pond even though I'm in the area of the nasty blue heron. I basically built a net out of somewhat thick steel wire and just tied a net over it. You'll probably have to make multiple nets since your pond is hella big and one big net would most likely morph. You also don't need to cover the entire pond since I only cover the places that the bird can actually stand.
04-17-2011 04:49 PM
Centromochlus So i'm thinking about changing this pond up a bit... we've concluded that we can't keep koi in this pond. Our last two large koi were snatched by a large bird a few days ago. We've lost many, many koi to birds and we've struggled to find a way to prevent it. The koi are plenty large, they have lots of hiding places (rock caves, large ceramic tubes, etc), and we've tried many bird repellants.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what else i could keep in this pond? I'd like to get a bunch of turtles, but my parents don't like that idea.
04-08-2011 04:11 PM
JamesHockey Updates!>!>>!!>!>>!!?!??!?!?
03-21-2011 05:21 AM
Da Plant Man Update please!
02-22-2011 01:50 AM
Centromochlus Hi all, thanks for all of the comments! I pretty much forgot about this thread, along with the one for my turtle pond.

Everything is doing great, but the plants aren't looking so good because of the cold weather. I'm excited for it to grow back so it looks nice again.

I'm hoping to purchase some more koi when it warms up a bit. We only have 2 right now, and i'd really like to get some nice big/medium-sized fish.
02-11-2011 03:10 AM
Karackle woah! missed the update this summer somehow, but the pond is looking beautiful!!!

I love the lush little oasis you and your family have set up in the AZ desert! btw how are the turtles doing? (i guess i could go check out that thread )

Jeffww - I don't know if you read through the whole thread or not, but AzFishKid mentioned a couple times that this pond has been up and running for 5+ years, so I'm sure they've sorted out all of the heating / cooling / shading kinks by now
02-11-2011 02:56 AM
Jeffww I've got a few 1'-2' koi. They aren't as hard to keep as a lot of people say. Just keep the water as crystal clear as possible. I really suggest more shade for that pond if it's less than 3-4' deep. We lost about 2000 dollars worth of koi ( just 2 or was it three? I don't recall fish) in a heat wave.
02-09-2011 01:24 PM
PaulG The issue with rocks in Koi is the attraction of bacteria, but I thought this was just for smaller pebbles and gravel.

As long as your water parameters are fine and regularly checked, it doesn't matter what the hell you have in it.

As for temp fluctuations, deeper water will maintain its temp much better than shallow, so as long as you have the depth it's fine.

Nice pond btw! I dig it.
02-08-2011 11:59 AM
drlower great pond. i will never understand the "real koi pond" argument. where i come from a body of water in a backyard with no rocks or plants is called a swimming pool. where i live there is a problem with blue herrins swiping fish from peoples ponds so its necessary to provide hiding places for the fish. my pond is about 5000g and we have times in summer when temps are near 100 fo several week and right now temps have been in the single digits for a while. my koi always survive as long as i keep some surface agitation. dont pay too much attention to the negative comments.
02-08-2011 08:40 AM
Lngtall1 Most places where it gets hot, have clay based soils so they tend to stay cooler by far than the air so it keeps the water cooler.
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