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Thread: Bigger always Better in pond size?

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    Daihonmei aquitori's Avatar
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    Bigger always Better in pond size?

    Bigger always Better in pond size? Are we as koi hobbyist wasting money on a pond bigger than 30,000 gals...what are the pro's and con's?

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    Oyagoi koiczar's Avatar
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    Not if you've got the dinero to do the upkeep!!

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    As long as the whole setup is a dynamic fit, bigger is best I think..


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    Oyagoi koiczar's Avatar
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    I thought you were in sunny Italy?!? Now you're posting from Belgium??

    By the way you HAVE TO BE ITALIANO!! I know 'cuz that was my uncle's name.


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    Oyagoi koiczar's Avatar
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    Sorry, didn't think the 1st one got posted
    Last edited by koiczar; 03-30-2006 at 01:54 PM. Reason: duplicate post

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    Daihonmei MikeM's Avatar
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    Tonio: I think it depends on your goal. If your goal is to enjoy sitting by the pond each evening watching the koi eat, then bigger just makes it more difficult. If your goal is getting the best results in growth and condition of the koi, then bigger is going to be better as long as the filters etc grow with the gallonage. I think for most koikeepers, a medium-sized pond around 5,000 gallons is ideal compromise. For those who are focused on showing, maybe Momotaro's 1500 tons is reaching a limit?

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    Aquitori, I think your pond size would depend on what you want to accomplish with it. My 1st pond in WA. was 40,000 gal, peanut shaped, with a bridge across the center, an island at one end, a beautiful two tiered waterfall flowing 10,000 GPH. We hauled in 30 ton of rock for the waterfall. The shape and size of the pond fit the layout of our back yard and deck just perfect. This pond was more for the landscape than the fish. I had 18 koi in this pond and they were friendly and allways followed me around so it worked good. But there was no way I could ever catch one if needed or medicate the pond if needed.

    My current pond here in Oregon is 17,000 gal. Once again it was designed to fit the yard and landscaping. Once again there is no way I could ever catch a fish if needed. This is a nice pond but still to big to be personal.

    My new pond I am currently working on will be smaller. Everything about this new pond will be designed for the sole purpose of maintaining a few large choice specimens. It will be smaller, about 5,000 gal. Oval so it will be easy to drag a net from one end to the other to catch them when wanted. Smaller so hopefully I can keep it heated next winter. This pond will be more intimate, hopefully with tamer fish. Once again I am not concerned with growing in this pond, but maintaining. I will only put in koi that are of the size and quality I want right now and then work on keeping them at that quality.

    So I would think your answer depends on what you want to accomplish with your pond.
    Good luck.

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    I say bigger is better.

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    Me too....

    The bigger, the better....

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    bigger is better but...with green water i can't really catch my koi without a good plan...right now I am making a koi net cage that will rest on the bottom. i will seine the koi, herding them over the 7ft deep by 4ft wide by 11ft long net cage laying on the btttom of the pond....and then pull the net cage up and even pull the net more out of the water so the koi will be in a shallow cage...and hopefully easier to catch....i am hoping to try it this week end.

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