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    Nisai estanque_koi's Avatar
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    Breeding on the terraced roof...

    Yes, quite crazy idea not to be recomended. But what can you do being a koi fanatic and living in a flat? So this is why I'm keeping koi since several years ago in a 5th floor terraced roof. There are currently 3 small ponds of 1600, 1350 and 600 liters over my flat. I checked technical details with the architect before going so far, and is allright providing I don't go deeper than 35 cm! Believe or not, I raised 11 Koi from 4 to 15 cm in the 1600 liters pond to sizes ranging from 35 to almost 50 cm in 4 years. Surely it is a borderline case of Koi keeping, especially considering that in summer temperature can reach 45 celsius degrees (113 Farenheit...).
    Well, this is the second year I'm breeding Koi. This season I experimented with Ovaprim to artificially spawn some Koi. But used natural spawning with the more interesting Koi: tree Sanke males (one is metallic) and a Sanke female. I perched these Koi when they were 4 to 8 cm, so I feel quite proud raising them in a way that they have improved so much.
    Well, I'm attaching pictures of the breeders and the more interesting fry they have produced. Somehow I'm a bit dissapointed, there are very few fry that appear to be Sanke, and none seems to have real potential. Despite the strong colors or the parents, I can't see any real hi yet.
    Surprisingly, there are more Kohaku fry. But again real hi has to develop yet, and I'm worried that they might turn to Shiro Muji instead.
    Having a look at the pictures, what do you thing?
    Diego Jordano
    Cordoba, Spain
    A.E.K. web site http://www.elkoi.com
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    Nisai estanque_koi's Avatar
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    More pics

    I wanted to add some more pics of the fry.
    Forgot to mention that spawning took place in mid May.
    I managed to raise around 1000 fry in the 1350 liters pond with heavy filtration until they had around two months.
    Most of the fry developed as black or mostly black, and also as plain orange.
    I believe it is extremely important to know how to cull, or better say how to differentiate quality fry with potential from the rest as early as possible, but this is the most tricky part!
    Best wishes
    Diego Jordano
    Cordoba, Spain
    A.E.K. web site http://www.elkoi.com
    pers. web site http://es.geocities.com/estanqueskois/

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    Thank-you for posting! It's fun to see what you've been able to learn and accomplish! keep us informed.

    My ochiba and kigoi spawning is up to an inch now. I found two ochibas with decent patterns and a lady insisted she have them for her aquarium.
    I may have let a couple of world champs get away but oh well, they'll be well taken care of!

    that's the one problem I have when i breed. I hate to see them go!!!!!

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    Hi,some of the fry are bigger than the others. Maybe there is a possiblity for them to grow into jumbo??

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    Diego---Nice job, especially with your lack of space. Here's a link to a board whose members have very limited space:http://www.koi.com.my/cgi-bin/koifor...m.cgi?forum=3;
    Werner

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