Cpl, our koi ranged from 3.50 to the most expensive being
15.00 Of course that was in 1997...and we still have the same
koi fifteen years later. Our koi have blessed us with beautiful
babies over the years, and we have given away many fry.
Last year we bought a baby koi that we saw in Pet Smart
for 3.00 cause we couldn't resist him...that's the first koi we have bought
in the last 12 years or so...There are still bargains out there.
We are lucky that we have huge trees
surrounding our property and other than hawks, other birds of prey
that like fish won't land in our yard because of the trees.
I agree start slowly and get some goldies until you get your pond
groove and know what you're doing. The building of the pond is
the first step, after that it's the maintenance that keeps the pond
clear and healthy. we pride ourselves in never using chemicals,
we don't even own a UV light, our pond is clear from just routine filter cleanings, and aggressive
water changes by letting the hose run in
the pond for 10 to 15 minutes each day...we estimate that this amounts
to about 30 to 40 % water exchanges each week. The fish thrive on water
exchanges. We only lost one koi in 15 years.
My favorite of course.
We gave away all our goldies the second year (except for our first
goldy "Spot" ) after we got hooked on the friendly koi.
Spot is now 15 and still growing strong.
Here is the footprint of the pond in the snow... It is shaped like an irrigular horseshoe.
in the upper right you can see
the biological pond that aids in keeping our pond clear.
The add on part is what we call
the dogleg it's approximately 6' x 13'...it provided a lot more
swimming room for the koi.