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Thread: harvesting Vortex Island

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    Daihonmei
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    harvesting Vortex Island

    boards come off

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    Many of the koi in there will stay in there...they only see tyhe Sun when i take the boards off. the boards are tight against each other and the narrow slits quickly feel with gunk and sludge. these Koi do show a lack of color, but who is to say they weren't this ugly to begin with?
    the ones I "harvest" are ones that get in here when small, they are not home bred.

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    7 Possibly worth keeping
    We will see if the colors were negatively affected from being in near total darkness, and can recover..
    One Sanke I wanted stayed out of the net after continued attempts..it will be interesting to see next year

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    So Luke,

    The ones pictured... were they home bred (accidental or otherwise)?? Or were they purchases and got sucked into the vortex when they were wee little things?

    Grant

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    i think the one really ugly doitsu was born in the lake all the rest were purchased as 3-5 inchers, were sucked into the vortex chamber and are now 5-10 inches.
    I released the ugly one into the pond to see if after living in almost total darkness , living in the light will change its color.
    I left most of the uglies in the vortex to keep the sides clean

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    Looks like you had some nice showa and a couple good kohaku hiding out in the dark. Will be very interesting to see what daylight does for them. Keep us posted on the changes if you can get another pic of them once released to "the deep"...

    Grant

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    Luke,
    How bg is the lake?
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    Luke do you ever clean the vortex and how?

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    the lake is 51000gallons
    I "clean" the vortex by pulling a stand pipe in the sump area, there is a 4 inch drain pipe at the bottom of the vortex cone which comes up in my sump pit...the exit pipe from the vortex goes to the raceway is six inches in diameter (and is too small).

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    so you "flush" the vortex to the raceway and then deal with "it" in the race way? as in you have bottom drains in the raceway to clean it out periodically?
    what am I missing?

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