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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Three year old sells Koi painting for $500.00

A three year old name Osmar Pete Hernandez sold a Koi painting that he made when he was only a toddler.  A toddler art connoisseur nabbed the piece for a cool $500.00.  The painting entitled "The Koi" can be viewed here.  Even though "The Koi" fetched a decent price, it isn't his most expensive painting available.  That title goes to a painting known as "Universal Faces", which is worth $2,500.00.

Would you buy a painting that cost that much from someone who isn't even in preschool yet?


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Fish Lice Treatment

There is a study in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health from the University of Florida that details a new fish lice treatment that is being developed.  It is a medicated fish  that kills the lice when the attach to the Koi.  There were fish lice treatments in the past, but they were toxic and are no longer available to the pond or aquarium enthusiast.  The new treatment targets the individual fish that is afflicted while leaving the rest of the pond unaffected.

Fish lice (Argulus) will grab onto Koi with a pair of suckers.  They then use a sharp probiscus to draw blood from the fish.  This damages the Koi and can cause an infection.  Sever fish lice infestations can even cause the fish to go anemic.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sarasota Herald Tribune Fish Story

In an article entitled "Couple open Country Creek garden for a cause" in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, a couple is interviewed about their Koi pond.

One of the owners is quoted "Carl's oldest fish is 13 but, he says, Koi routinely live to 100 if they survive infancy and grow to more than three inches."

In actuality, Koi routinely live from 20 to 30 years.  Most grow to be 12 to 24 inches, while the lucky ones with jumbo genetics grow to over three feet in length.

If you look at one of the photos accompanying the article, you will see that their pond is full of Koi that are larger than three inches.

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Retro Drain



I am thinking of installing a retro bottom drain in my pond. I would connect to a sequence 3600 pump to a bead filter and UV clarifier. The drain would be about 6 feet from the side of the pond. Should I run the tubing through a bulkhead on the side of the pond? Do I need a sensor to shut off the pump if there is a leak in the tubing to prevent the pond from draining? Thanks - Chris

If you live in an area where you can run the pond year round, you can use a bulkhead near the bottom of the side of the pond.

If you live in a cold area, you will need to shut down the pond and drain out any pipes.  If you put the bulkhead fitting near the bottom of the pond, during the wintertime when everything is shut down, the water in the pipe will freeze.  Place the bulkhead in the top foot pond wall (then lower the water level below it when the pond is shut down) or snake a pipe over the edge of the pond.  You should have the retro drain and pipe setup that is in the pond on a union so that you can unscrew it in the fall and remove it in the fall so it won't freeze and bust up.

You can place a float switch in the pond or you can use a Levolor to shut off the pump if a leak occurs.  Keep it out of an area where the fish can bump it and accidentally shut off your pond.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Royal Koi

I believe I am in posession of a very rare Koi, almost 3 feet long weighing over 20lbs and probably over 60 years old and possible of royal lineage. What is something like this worth? - Skyclub

The value of a Koi fish is determined by its size, skin luster, color potential, variety and pattern of color.

There are no Koi with "royal lineage".  Bloodlines are used to help determine how a Koi will develop when they are bought from certain breeders, but no Japanese royals breed Koi.  Koi that are over three feet in length are rare, but if it is 60 years old, its colors and skin luster will be long past their peak condition.

It is impossible to tell how much a Koi is worth without seeing it.  You should contact a local dealer or Koi club to help you determine the value of your fish.