I am strictly an amatuer fish keeper. I get my fish @ PetSmart as tiny babies and then grow them.
Anyway my fish never spawned this year! They are all about 8 years old and have regularily done the wild thing in the spring for the past say 4-5 years. So it seemed strange that this year they seem to forget?? (who would forget to do that ;-).
Any way they all seem healthy and none of the females seem loaded with eggs. This is a picture of them several years ago.
Maybe someone has an explanation.
My fish didn't spawn at all this year, like normal, until I injected them with fish hormones. I didn't care about them spawning, but didn't want to lose any of the females because of being overloaded with eggs. I lost one of my biggest ones anyways. I think the unusual temps all winter long, combined with an overly warm spring (followed by a freeze, which we usually don't get) just through them off this year. Even the plants in my yard are all on a different schedule than normal. I guess nature does what nature does...
Interestingly enough MM, I have heard you say this before in previous years. I think it is the rapid heating up. I would say the same thing is true in Georgia.
From what I have read, the females are of spawning age of 3 years old whereas the males are 2 years old. My fish have spawned every year, and although we may have a rapid warm up, I don't think it is anything like the rapid warm ups that are in the South.
We did have an early warm spring this year and I suppose that might be the reason from what I am understanding you all say.
Luckily I don't see an ill effects. Actually its a lot less hassle compared to the big mess they make spawning and the reckless behavior involved.
Thanks for the compliments too!
The koi where I use to work spawned twice this year outdoors.The first fish were put into an outdoor pond in May and had two batches this year.We caught the babies today and yesterday.The first babies had grown to 6 inches or so and the second batch was about 2 1/2 inches long.The breeders were only 8-9 inches when put outside! The goldfish at work in our 2 acre lake were spawning again in late august -early sept! Go figure!!
Pic 1 is the larger size babies in a 5 gal pail pic 2 is babies from batch two in a 5 gal pail.
Have a new ponding friend in Chiefland Fl. who has 2 black fish in her pond and doesn't know how they got there. I saw them and I think they are goldfish. One is about 8" and the other about 6".
Is this possible???
Water temps have to be about 68 degrees in order for koi to breed - we reach those same water temps in the spring and the fall as the weather warms up for summer and then cools down as we head to winter.
What I have observed in my own pond is the females that are of breeding age get one breeding, however they may not all be ready at the same time. The males get to participate each time as a female is ready. However, stranger things have happened as well, so I don't doubt for a minute what you are saying about 2 breeding cycles for your koi. It would not surprise me in the least with water temps and the strange weather we seem to be having that the females would have a second spawning.
Goldfish spawned monthly for me from April to October. I am surprised there are not more goldfish in the world given their ability to reproduce.
Fertilized eggs can come into a pond stuck to a new plant. Goldfish can be black, check for the barbels (whiskers) on the side of their mouth/chin area to determine if they are goldfish (will not have them) or koi (will have them) Either way, it's fun to find something in your pond that you never knew was there!