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tadybird
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PostPosted: 2004.08.28(Sat)22:01    Post subject: what size tank for koi Reply with quote

Hi there I need some advice. My mom has a pond and got 2 koi this year. Since fall is almost here she wants to bring them in and doesn't know what size tank. The fish are about 4 inches long and she wants to get a 15 gallon. These fish grew a lot in the 2 months she has had them and I am wondering if they keep growing every summer the 15 gallon won't do for very long. Should I tell her to get rid of the koi and get goldfish? Any opinion wiould be appreciated.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.28(Sat)23:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bigger the better. Koi can get to be over a foot (30 cm) long or more. I would get at least a 55 gallon. They're only 4 in now, but they will get bigger, trust me on that.
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laith
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PostPosted: 2004.08.29(Sun)3:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

15g will not do for 2 koi, even if they're only 4 inches long.

I would recommend at least a 55g.

I'm not a koi expert but can't these live all year long in the pond? Even under a layer of ice?
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tadybird
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PostPosted: 2004.08.29(Sun)7:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they can live all year long in a pond if it is big enough but my mom's isn't. It would freeze solid so it must be emptied.

Thanks for the input.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.29(Sun)15:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you leave the pump and filter running it won't freeze solid. The appartment building near my place in Montreal had goldfish all year round in the shallowest pond I ever saw. All the caretaker did was cover the poond with a plank of plywood and that was it. The snow on top created insulation and in the winter you don't want to feed the fish anyways because their metabolic rate drops so low they don't need to eat.
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tadybird
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PostPosted: 2004.08.29(Sun)15:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume she would remove all of the floating plants first and then cover the pond?
Thanks for the idea.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.31(Tue)16:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keeping koi ( under 10 in ) you would need a tank anywhere from 50 - 125 gallons depending on how many of these juvenile koi you have .As for keeping them outside during the winter , you would have to make sure that enough oxygen is provided , covering the pond with some kind of plastic sheeting , hay , or other safe materials.You could also add a small pool heater if the room allows for it.Around the pond , keep any leaves or debris from entering the pond.

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