- Thanks for your response from yesterday.
I have a couple more questions. When distributing the salt
into the pond...is there a best way? I went all around the
edges and by the waterfall.
You spoke about feeding the fish twice a day at the height
of the season. What is considered the height of the season?
Is there a good commercial food that you would recommend.
I read the variety of foods that the koi enjoy, do they
also eat the algae that forms?
What kind of a cover to do you recommend for the winter?
Are there any local shops around my area, for supplies.
I plan on attending the trade show on May 13th, any suggestions
in case I wish to bring back some fish. What should I bring
with me in order to transport the fish safely?
In general, how much can I expect to pay for a 6"koi?
Salt goes into the falls in increments, about a third of it
at a time, at two or three hour intervals.
Height of season: water temperatures consistently above 65
I like Medi-Carp and the new Microbe-Lift products look very
attractive. Koi will nibble on hair algae, but not enough
to matter. For algae control of this nature, I recommend a
plecostemus (armored cat). These are tropical, and must be
taken in for the winter.
For a pond your size, I'd recommend a "Versa-Quonset" kit
from Midwest Trading in St. Charles. It should cost about
$750 complete, and they deliver.
Before you buy fish, have an isolation setup ready to receive
them. It should contain between 15-300 gallons and have a
functioning biofilter up and running as well as airstones
and a net over the top to frustrate escapees. Your fish will
be packed for transport by the dealer. Bring several large
cardboard boxes lined with newspaper or old towels to put
the bags into. When you get them home, float them in the Isolation
vat for 20 minutes to equalize temps, then release them to
the vat by dipping them out of the bag with a net or your
hand. Do not mix water from your vat with the water in the
bag. Maintain isolation of your new fish at water temps of
70-75 degrees for at least 3 weeks before release into your
pond. Do not release sick fish! We'll have handouts with complete
isolation instructions at the Show.
You can expect to pay between $20 to
$5000 per fish, depending on size, vendor, bloodline
(Answer courtesy Bob Passovoy)