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Thread: I decided to be kind to my koi

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    Apr 2010

    I decided to be kind to my koi

    My first post here.

    After 6 years having a 3000g pond that was meant as a water garden but with kois inside I decided to make it more suitable for kois.

    I first removed the round pebbles at the bottom of the pond and left the liner clean. I have a bottom drain and installed a valve that controls the drain from the bottom and the skimmer.

    I also had an Aqua Ultima II 4000 2" installed as well as 80w UVlights.

    I also donated 22 small kois to a paradise of a 100000g pond. The ones I kept are between 16" and 28".

    I also had them put in another water intake into the pond for better circulation towards the bottom drain.

    I did not do those things myself, as I am a klutz.

    So far so good, I think the fish are happy. I think the backwash of the filter will give me a nice water change every week.

    In all my years with koi, I never changed the water other than the yearly cleaning of the pond. I also never lost a koi to disease. Lost too many to predators but none since I've put a net over the pond 2 years ago.

    Would love to do more for my babies, but for now this is the best I can do.

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    Daihonmei MikeM's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    Orlando, Florida
    Sounds like a good upgrade. I bet you see better growth in the year ahead.

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    Oyagoi Meg's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
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    wonderful changes! I think you will enjoy your koi even more now!

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    Oyagoi kntry's Avatar
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    Congrats on upgrading your pond and filtration. Your fish are going to love you for it. Just removing the rocks from the bottom was a 1000% improvement.

    How many did you keep?

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    Yes, the removal of those small rocks from the bottom was well worth it. You would not believe the muck! Oh, the smell, it was like a poop trapper.

    I kept 8 fish and I think they will enjoy their environment much better. And the fish that I donated went into a huge pond so they will be happy too. Good news for everyone IMO.

    BTW, thanks to all the memebrs. I've read the posts here for some time, and this is why I decided to make the changes.

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    Daihonmei PapaBear's Avatar
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    Oct 2005
    Davenport, Oklahoma
    Quote Originally Posted by zmeu View Post
    ... You would not believe the muck! Oh, the smell, it was like a poop trapper....
    O Yes we Would!
    That's why we're always so happy when someone like you posts something like this Most of us have either gone through this ourselves or helped others do the same It doesn't get much nastier than the goo trapped in a "Natural" ADI style water garden
    Good on you for stepping up on all counts.
    Not only did you give your Koi a better pond, you found a responsible way to deal with the overcrowding.

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    Oyagoi kntry's Avatar
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    Oct 2004
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    Once you smell that smell, you'll never forget it. Just think, your fish were living in that.

    Like Larry said, GOOD ON YOU!

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    Dec 2005
    Houston, TX
    Alright! You did the right thing.

    I don't know how you did it w/ once a yr water change. I dump the settlement chambers every day & I think the smell is bad already.

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    Tategoi Peppy's Avatar
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    Congratulatioins, Zmeu!

    I was in your boat a couple years ago myself. That smell is the worst smell on the face of the earth and aren't you glad you never have to clean that old pond again? You just feel better knowing the pond is clean, don't you. And will stay clean.

    What goes around comes around and you just put a lot of good out there for your fish through your own sweat and hard work. You'll be rewarded many times over for making the lives of your wet pets better.

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    edmonton alberta canada
    how about some pitures

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