Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I found 30+ baby somethings....
So we drained the pond yesterday (its still refilling after the cleaning), because our UV must have died and it turned into pea soup. In the process I found too many to count of some baby carp. We are pretty convinced they are baby koi at this point. We thought maybe they were goldfish, but some have some spots starting to develop, albeit they are all still light brown right now. I have them in a bucket with an airstone inside right now. I know if we put them in with the koi and goldfish with crystal clear water, they will turn into a snack. We haven't seen babies of any sort in 3-4 years. I was thinking of putting them in my FW tanks for right now. They are about the size of neon tetras. But honestly I don't even know where to start with these guys. They are all incredibly healthy (I did toss a few who went through a ride on the wet-vac and were too injured to risk saving). Definitely from the spring.
I know they have never eaten any prepared food, we feed pretty large pellets, so I'm hoping they will at least take the BBS we feed 2x per week. The largest FW tank I have right now is only my high-tech 40 long. In about two weeks here the 120 gallon tank will be getting put up. Anyways, any way to truely identify koi from goldfish from carp hybrids when they are still ugly ducklings?