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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    The last pic is before the trellis went up and had the mesh all the way round.
    The mesh is quite rigid and not very visible from Ebay.
    Thanks thatís useful. I have thought a lot about a pergola type structure over it as I really like the look of them. Makes the heron deterrent much easier too.

    Lovely pond and fish John, that all looks great!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrucePondsteen View Post
    Great pond build mate New pond build - First pond!

    Regarding herons. I built some covers like a few people on here have, by making a basic frame from waste pipe and 25mm starling mesh netting. Light enough that you can easily take on and off the pond when youíre in the garden. Peace of mind Iíve found.


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    Thatís a neat idea. Iíll have a think. Thanks - this might be just the job for me New pond build - First pond!


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    Well, they are a bugger to get a decent photo of, but my three Stellatus Sturgeon are settling g in really well. They are eating and are really active around dawn and dusk, which according to my research is typical behaviour.



    Regarding Koi, I think Iím going to reserve some from Cuttlebrook for April collection as they have a few in that I like the look of. It will give the sturgeon a bit more time to settle and allow me to wait until the water is suitably warm.


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    Lovely looking fish in my eyes mate . Love them all sturgeon!!!

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    Good start Tom,I have too many koi to keep Sturgeon

    I will be moving on some koi come March/ April if interested.
    John

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    Really like those stellatus! Where did you get them from?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrucePondsteen View Post
    Really like those stellatus! Where did you get them from?


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    Carpco.co.uk - and I canít recommend them enough. Iíve been procrastinating and wasnít sure about mail order sturgeon so called them. My main concern was oxygen levels during shipping as I know they really struggle with anything but tip-top DO. I know this is temperature dependent so thought this might be a better time of year to have them shipped as thereís no way I could get down to them at the moment.

    They shipped them really well and they turned up in fine fettle. One of them is an absolute pig and is already noticeably out pacing the others in terms of growth.


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    That's where my sturgeon came from. I also got some tench from there too.

    One of mine (Siberian) is an absolute pig too. The other one (a diamond back) is no where near as aggressive as the other one. And the size difference is noticeable.

    They are fascinating creatures. They look so prehistoric.

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    Had my first one from them was beautiful for the first 10 mins then down the drain it went poor little sod !

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    Oh dear!

    I was worried mine would do that in the 4" pond return from my airlift, but they never have.

    My Siberian gets a bit excited when I hand feed him in the dark. He starts jumping up to the wrist of his tail, which considering he's about 70cm long, is impressive.

    The amount of times he's almost jumped out I've lost count. Thank god I've got the jump guards on the pond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twhitenosugar View Post
    Oh dear!

    I was worried mine would do that in the 4" pond return from my airlift, but they never have.

    My Siberian gets a bit excited when I hand feed him in the dark. He starts jumping up to the wrist of his tail, which considering he's about 70cm long, is impressive.

    The amount of times he's almost jumped out I've lost count. Thank god I've got the jump guards on the pond.

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    Jesus good job they hard fish ! . Seen a facebook post couple years back one jumped out the pond thrashed in the gravel and managed to smash the pond window ! . Think I could have a pond full of them and do away with the koi lol

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    They'd be a damn site easier to look after than Koi too!

    I can well imagine the strength of that Sturgeon.

    I caught a 50kg / 110lb Beluga Sturgeon when fishing in France. Took me forever to get in. It made me laugh as this thing was about 6ft long and could only get it's head in the net. My landing net looked like a child's toy net next to it.

    I find the main downsides to having sturgeon are it makes treating the koi more problematic. But also as you have to feed high oil / protein pellets all year round, it tends to make the koi get fat bellies as they love the pellets just asich as the sturgeon do.





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    New pond build - First pond!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shropshire_Tom View Post
    Carpco.co.uk - and I canít recommend them enough. Iíve been procrastinating and wasnít sure about mail order sturgeon so called them. My main concern was oxygen levels during shipping as I know they really struggle with anything but tip-top DO. I know this is temperature dependent so thought this might be a better time of year to have them shipped as thereís no way I could get down to them at the moment.

    They shipped them really well and they turned up in fine fettle. One of them is an absolute pig and is already noticeably out pacing the others in terms of growth.


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    Nice one, Iíve got a couple nice tench and mirrors from them in my pond. Very tempted by a stellatus, do worry how it would fair with my other fish and getting food to it. That and medications for treating the other fish, though Iím already limited with tench and Rudd in the pond


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    the sturgeon look great, i was always concerned with treatments so didn't get one.

    The one fish I would like but didn't know if i could keep my winter temps high enough was a pleco.
    but again i'd rather be able to treat my pond with chemicals if needed without worrying about 1 odd fish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davethefish1 View Post
    the sturgeon look great, i was always concerned with treatments so didn't get one.

    The one fish I would like but didn't know if i could keep my winter temps high enough was a pleco.
    but again i'd rather be able to treat my pond with chemicals if needed without worrying about 1 odd fish...
    Yes Iíd be the same. Iím lucky as I have the lily pond to use as a quarantine and/or quarantine tank. Itís around 2700 litres so short term I can either shift the sturgeon over (until they are too big for itÖ) or move specific koi for treatment. Plus Iím hoping if I have to, the smaller volume will be cheaper to treat


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