To KOI !! Just three - no more. Really, I mean it! (;o) This is year four with my pond and I've been resisting koi from the beginning for a few different reasons: I wanted a pond mainly for the water garden aspect of it and I've heard that koi don't always coexist peacefully with plants. I also had trouble my first year keeping the cheap goldfish alive and that was heart-breaking enough; I knew koi would be more like pets and I'd be even more devastated to lose them. Also, I do not fuss over my pond - I NEVER test the water, and I don't want to start obsessing about PH levels, ammonia, etc. Since year two, I've had no problem with keeping the goldfish alive so I'm hoping that the koi will be happy too.
But I suspect I'll soon join the koi craze like most of the rest of you! Any words of wisdom for keeping my plants intact and keeping the koi healthy?
I'll try to get some pics, but they're still a little shy.
Actually I have several goldfish, shubunkins and comets already. I also have 3 golden orfes who are very good at keeping the population from increasing so the odds are that my koi count won't increase without human intervention.
When I had koi, I never fussed over the water and they did great...until they grew too big for the little water garden I had at the time and had to give them to someone who had a larger water garden. Songs, your pond looks so great, I will be shocked if they do not just thrive on their own.
They do add more waste to the water because we feed them (that is the fun of koi!) and the more you feed them...well more for the filter...if I remember, don't you have a bottom drain with two filter tanks? If so, I think you will be fine.
They are certainly more friendly, and that is what I missed so much about them. I had to give up putting in certain plants, like anacharis...that was like a salad to them. I found an underwater oxygenator, horsetail, that they stayed away from. It had a rougher texture. They also like to dig around in the pots. I had some black plastic netting that I could put my oxygenaters in and then they could only eat what would grow through to the outside of the netting, as well as keeping them out of the pot.
I did love them so...but I would think of them as children that liked to play...in the course of things, things get broken...I vowed I would not get them again, but I have to admit, I am thinking of a few once I get the pond done this month. I miss how beautiful my gold koi looked in the sun...ahh...nothing compares to that, no matter how much I love the goldfish.
RatherB, thanks for the input. Yes, I do have bottom drains and good filtration, so hopefully that will be sufficient! I am enjoying them so far; they ARE more social and so pretty. So far no destruction, but they are only 6 inches long.
I hope you're going to post pics of your new pond...if you already have, please direct me to them!
Oh, Songs...this killing me to say it, but I again have put off the pond...I have so much going on that I had to pull out, once again. In fact, I am going to fill in the hole so it doesn't look so bad anymore. We are doing the potting shed and the kitchen garden this year, and to add doing the pond (at the quality I want it..), I could not do it financially or physically. Something had to give.
The pond will be one day...just not now. I am so thankful to all who have helped me with my questions, as it will still help me in planning in the future.
For now, I would rather not have a pond, than have one that is done poorly or hastely. I at least have a few fountains in the gardens so that I have the sound of water...that I cannot do without.
Keep us up to date, Songs, how the koi are doing...ok?
So where are the pictures of your new kids? I am happy to say y koi are doing great and I am fixing my pond by adding a few more feet depth to it and a bottom drain. This should be happening late next week. The bad news is that they ate my little comet goldfish. There was no where else for this little fish to go but inside the koi's mouths and it is MIA. I guess that put an end to my thinking about goldfish . . .