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    New member with Koi and equipment to sell - tips and help needed!

    Good afternoon all,

    My husband and I bought a property at the end of October this year, and inherited a rather large pond, along with approx 25-30 fish. We know some of them are Koi and some other types. (Also possibly a Sturgeon, so we were told).

    Neither of us are Koi/fish enthusiasts so we want to sell everything we have. (Pumps, filters, the lot!)

    We would appreciate any tips on how we should advertise them and also how to identify them.

    Many thanks,

    Hayley



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    First of all where are you? Your best bet would be if any experienced members here are close to you and would be prepared to have a look at what you've got. Second would be to put up as many pictures as poss. to help with identification.

    Best of luck.
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    Hi John,

    Thanks for your message. We are in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

    Great, yes we would appreciate any help from any nearby members. We are planning on catching the fish next weekend. My dad is a keen fisherman so has all the gear to help us and take pictures etc.

    Once we have done that we shall certainly post the pictures on here for help with I.D.

    Thanks!

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    Hi Hayley,
    I know you want to move the fish on but as your pond is so cold at the moment I would be leaving them alone till spring time when they get more active.
    Just my opinion dont know if anyone else agrees.
    John

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    Hi John,

    OK, Thank you for the advice. We will take this onboard.

    Hayley

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    Hi Hayley,
    I know you want to move the fish on but as your pond is so cold at the moment I would be leaving them alone till spring time when they get more active.
    Just my opinion dont know if anyone else agrees.
    Yes, I agree, best not to disturb them at these temperatures and they shouldn't need much maintenance if it's a mature pond, if you can keep them and care for them over winter then in spring get pictures. More people will be interested in buying too as the season picks up.
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    Lovely, thank you. We shall be back in the spring then.

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    Hi,

    Thank you for your advice. I have done some research and if we wait until spring, isn't that the spawning season? Can they be moved when they're laying eggs?

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    You're overthinking it - they're Koi not Chickens

    Seriously - they'll be fine
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    Haha, OK. Thanks

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    Seriously Hayley wait till spring as in March / April..
    Folk will be more interested then and your koi will be in better condition.
    John

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    Yes. We will wait. Weíve bought a net to cover the pond and will get my dad to check filters and pumps etc. thanks everyone that commented.

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    True they do spawn in the spring but not all do so dont worry on that score.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayley18 View Post
    Yes. We will wait. We’ve bought a net to cover the pond and will get my dad to check filters and pumps etc. thanks everyone that commented.
    No probs Hayley,they should be fine till spring time then come back.

    If on the mean time any probs get back on here and we will do our best.
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    Thanks! Yes Iím sure we will have some questions. Iíve researched about food for them and that they have very little during the winter. Iíll also read through some of the other threads and topics on here for more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayley18 View Post
    Yes. We will wait. We’ve bought a net to cover the pond and will get my dad to check filters and pumps etc. thanks everyone that commented.
    If you have a pump in the pond it's a good idea to raise it up from the bottom, (if not already), to leave a area less disturbed for the Koi to 'chill out in' and if possible turn the flow rate down. Also reduce any surface disturbance from the returns if you can.
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    I need to have a good look at it all and figure out what is where. They have a big area for chilling out. The pond is about 5mx5m so plenty big enough. ☺️

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    Another reason, some lift the pump is, should your pipework spring a leak, it wont completely drain the pond, as we approach the cold season. As said the fish will become less active. Reducing the flow rates will result in less water movement, keeping them somewhat 'warmer'..

    Who knows, with all this new found knowledge, come the spring, you may start to enjoy them and wish to keep them

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    Hello, Happy New Year to you all.

    We have a problem with water levels in our pond. It has dropped dramatically, to the point where you can see the base of the water feature. We have been topping it up but within a week it drops again. We have turned off one of the pumps thinking there might be a leak, it slowed it down a little bit but not much,

    There are two pipes putting water into the pond, and the flow is quite rapid.

    Any help or advice please as this is really worrying us.

    Thanks in advance. Hayley

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    Some photos of the pond and equipment would help enormously.
    If you have a drum filter then its self-cleaning wash cycle will use a bit of water each time it flushes to waste, so that may be the cause of the disappearing water.

 

 
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