koi keepers ?

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  1. Gazania

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    Hi, I've kept koi in the past and have been very keen on Japanese gardens. Any fellow koi keepers out there ?
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      So Freddy, any pond/koi details. pictures ?
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      Some pics...not great, but you get the idea

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        It's a 2,200 gallon pond, with bottom drain feeding a sieve/bead filter. I have more fish now, since I took these pics. I'll upload these tomorrow, if you like?

        Cheers...Freddy.
         
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          Hi Freddy, that's a nice looking pond. And yes, I look forward to seeing your new koi so post as many pics as you can.
          When did you finish the pond ?
          Any problems since the build/things you would like to change ?
          What did you put between the blocks and liner ?
          How is the wood fixed to the top of the pond wall ?
          Where do you buy your koi ?
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          Hi Gazania.

          A little more info. The pond is 10ftx7ftx5ft deep. I finished it last July, I think. Between the wall and liner, I used 25mm Jablite, which is basically Polystyrene. I fixed it using plastic nails, but one could easily use regular sealant instead. To be honest, I'm not totally satisfied with it. I much prefer the more natural look of a fully sunken pond. The wood isn't fixed, as I didn't want to have fixings showing. My thinking was that if I needed to, I could fix it later, and so far, this has worked ok. As for where I got the fish from, various places. It's not easy getting good quality Koi in the Bristol area, apart from Yume Koi, but they are a bit expensive, to say the least! If you really want to know where I got them from, I can add more details later:) BTW, the wood was VERY expensive, but I had little choice. The skimmer was set too low, so I had to use something that would drop the level of the edging, hence the use of a hardwood, known as Iroko. More to follow....
           
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            Hi Freddy, that's a nice size for a pond. And yes, ground level sunken ponds do look better BUT imagine how much deeper you would have to dig ! I like sunken ponds as you get a chance to do a lot more planting around the edges, giving it a more natural/Japanese look. But then a raised pond gives you a closer look at the koi and it is easier to spot problems if they occur.
            Yume koi do have exceptional koi and he certainly knows what he is talking about. I have spoken to him a few times at shows. Do you go to koi shows ?
            Look forward to reading more :)
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            I had Koi once freddie. " moves back. Had a bronze once that was King of the pack and would take food from my fingers.
            Called him Charlie Bronson. He was a big chap. Very nice set up you have there.:dbgrtmb:
             
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            Lovely Freddy:dbgrtmb:....The wood looks ace:dbgrtmb:...i love it.....
             
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            :wow: Freddy love it a Smashing job Well Done & :ThankYou: for Showing us
             
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            Ok, as promised, some pics of the Koi....

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            The pics could have been better, but it's the glare! That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it:biggrin:
             
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              Hey nice koi Freddy. A nice mix. By the looks of the chagoi it looks like it gets its fair share of food :snork: My friend had a chag just over a metre long.
              Water looks clear. I've never used a bead filter but it looks to be doing a good job. Are you passing the water through a UV ? Is the pond heated ?
              thanks,
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              Sure, there's a U/V:) I can't afford to heat, so they have to take their chances. TBH, I prefer the look of Koi that grow in 'natural' conditions. I saw some that were in a heated pond, and they looked more like donkeys, fat and unfit, but that's just my opinion.​
               
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