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      05-06-2019, 09:50 AM   #265
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Added a fake life-size swan to the pond this weekend. Really like the added touch

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That's pretty cool and I like the fish.
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That's pretty cool and I like the fish.
Those are real. There are 53 fish in the pond - 10 Koi and 43 pond comets.
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Those are real. There are 53 fish in the pond - 10 Koi and 43 pond comets.
Are they all traumatized by the huge floating predator that never leaves?
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Are they all traumatized by the huge floating predator that never leaves?
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Are they all traumatized by the huge floating predator that never leaves?
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Are they all traumatized by the huge floating predator that never leaves?
They were at first
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Added a fake life-size swan to the pond this weekend
I would love to have a koi pond. Is it high maintenance?
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I would love to have a koi pond. Is it high maintenance?
We have a guy that does our maintenance. Comes once each month for $125 per month. He does a total cleaning which entails draining the pond once each year for $1,000. Really not a problem. We have had it for 17 years and have really enjoyed it.
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We have a guy that does our maintenance. Comes once each month for $125 per month. He does a total cleaning which entails draining the pond once each year for $1,000. Really not a problem. We have had it for 17 years and have really enjoyed it.
So $2500 a year total. Good to know! How big is your pond? Appreciate it! I watch alot of YouTube videos on koi fish and how they are bred in Japan. Do you know abo5hoe much you spent on them?
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So $2500 a year total. Good to know! How big is your pond? Appreciate it! I watch alot of YouTube videos on koi fish and how they are bred in Japan. Do you know abo5hoe much you spent on them?
Our pond is 4,500 gallons. It is 3 feet deep and approximately 15 feet by 18 feet.

Some of our Koi were $80-$100, while others were free rescue fish. Our original comets were about $30 each, but all of the comets that we currently have were born in our pond. We have about a dozen that were born this year.

Our biggest Koi are about 4-5 years old and are about 24" long. The smallest Koi are about 12" long, but started out about 6" a little over a year ago.
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Our pond is 4,500 gallons. It is 3 feet deep and approximately 15 feet by 18 feet.

Some of our Koi were $80-$100, while others were free rescue fish. Our original comets were about $30 each, but all of the comets that we currently have were born in our pond. We have about a dozen that were born this year.

Our biggest Koi are about 4-5 years old and are about 24" long. The smallest Koi are about 12" long, but started out about 6" a little over a year ago.
Nice! that's a pretty big pond. i'm here in OH so it snows but I've heard people still get ponds done. i'll have to look into it and see how it works for us in the Midwest. I think a pond would complete the look of my backyard but hopefully it's not too much work
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Nice! that's a pretty big pond. i'm here in OH so it snows but I've heard people still get ponds done. i'll have to look into it and see how it works for us in the Midwest. I think a pond would complete the look of my backyard but hopefully it's not too much work
I hope you are able to do it. It is very enjoyable and the sound of the waterfall is really relaxing. Don't worry about winter - we have had the pond frozen over and the fish do fine.
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So $2500 a year total. Good to know! How big is your pond? Appreciate it! I watch alot of YouTube videos on koi fish and how they are bred in Japan. Do you know abo5hoe much you spent on them?
Great topic....As someone that enjoys the hobby for more than 25 years Ill say that once you learn, there is minimal maintenance expense. I spend nothing on external maintenance and do all cleaning myself. Koi are special, and cost is wildly different based on the breeder and type. If you are considering getting into the hobby just understand that if they are breed in the US, they are not considered koi even if the parent fish are born in Japan. I say this as it has a significant impact on price, quality, and longevity, in general. While you can find tosai (1 year old) under $100, most desirable koi will cost more and then it all depends on your budget.

Just be warned, it becomes a passion quickly!
Koi are cold weather fish and do go into a sort of hibernation if you will, once the water temp gets cold until spring. After superstorm sandy wiped me out I had to begin yet again so I have koi from 2-7 years old. Ill post pix tonite.
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Our pond is 4,500 gallons. It is 3 feet deep and approximately 15 feet by 18 feet.

Some of our Koi were $80-$100, while others were free rescue fish. Our original comets were about $30 each, but all of the comets that we currently have were born in our pond. We have about a dozen that were born this year.

Our biggest Koi are about 4-5 years old and are about 24" long. The smallest Koi are about 12" long, but started out about 6" a little over a year ago.
Nice looking pond!
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Thank you - even if we do have cheap replica Koi
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Great topic....As someone that enjoys the hobby for more than 25 years Ill say that once you learn, there is minimal maintenance expense. I spend nothing on external maintenance and do all cleaning myself. Koi are special, and cost is wildly different based on the breeder and type. If you are considering getting into the hobby just understand that if they are breed in the US, they are not considered koi even if the parent fish are born in Japan. I say this as it has a significant impact on price, quality, and longevity, in general. While you can find tosai (1 year old) under $100, most desirable koi will cost more and then it all depends on your budget.

Just be warned, it becomes a passion quickly!
Koi are cold weather fish and do go into a sort of hibernation if you will, once the water temp gets cold until spring. After superstorm sandy wiped me out I had to begin yet again so I have koi from 2-7 years old. Ill post pix tonite.
Sounds like Wagyu vs. Kobe beef.
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This is sort of yardish... eley rolling hose reel and continental 50 ft hose. It is going to be outfitted with quick connects so I can wheel it to the front or back yards easily as needed. This replaces a shitty plastic stationary reel and some shitty kinky crusty green hose. These hose reels are built to last. Great stuff.
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Also, I'm taking the leaves under the avocado tree, not seeing a single avocado... and this thing falls and almost takes me out.
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This is sort of yardish... eley rolling hose reel and continental 50 ft hose. It is going to be outfitted with quick connects so I can wheel it to the front or back yards easily as needed. This replaces a shitty plastic stationary reel and some shitty kinky crusty green hose. These hose reels are built to last. Great stuff.
Those reels work really well. I had one for a number of years. One thing to keep an eye on is rust in the middle of reel (which you can't see when hose is entirely / partly reeled up). Even if there is no leak at the connection a wet hose reeled up can contain moisture. It never occurred to me that it may rust even though it was metal, as I assumed the paint / coating would protect it. By the time I noticed it was pretty far along and I just used it for as long as I could.
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This is sort of yardish... eley rolling hose reel and continental 50 ft hose. It is going to be outfitted with quick connects so I can wheel it to the front or back yards easily as needed. This replaces a shitty plastic stationary reel and some shitty kinky crusty green hose. These hose reels are built to last. Great stuff.
Do you STILL have to rest your forehead on the handle while stepping on the base to be able to roll the hose up if it isn't perfectly aligned with the spool???? Oh, and I typically have 75-100' on them. My plastics are now all weighted, on both sides, with 18" cinder block so I can reel them back up
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Thank you - even if we do have cheap replica Koi
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Sounds like Wagyu vs. Kobe beef.
Even crazier, Koi are considered sacred in Japan, and rightly so...they give joy and happiness to those that take the time to grow them. They are passed down from generations and if cared for, will outlive a human life! On average koi bred in the US can live an average of 25 years if taken care of, while a koi bred in Japan lives an average of 65 years!

While average tosai koi start in $100- $1,000 range depending on breeder and type, after several years of growth they sell from several thousands of dollars to 100K or more. Seriously. If you were to grow and win a breeder competition in Japan, a single fish could make you quite wealthy just selling its spawn so to speak. Its a serious business for sure!
I just happen to enjoy their beauty and have spent much of my life trying(and often failing) in providing a peaceful habitat for mine in return.
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