The stock of my pond :D and pics of the koi :)

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Hello
Yesterday I spent a long 30 minutes trying to count how many fish I had in the pond and I've come to the conclusion that I have the following fish and how much water I "allow" for each species:

15 goldfish and comets- 10G each
4 shubunkins- 10G each
1 mirror carp-100G
1 common carp- 100G
10 koi- 100G each
4 green tench- 25G each
1 weather loach- 20G

36 fish- 1435G (too be exact), round it to 1500G just to allow for critters in the pond, frogs, snails etc..

Total pond capacity- Around 1800G

By NO means does this method of stocking apply for fish tanks under any circumstances!
Other pond keepers may not agree with this stocking method either. This is the method me and my dad have used to stock the pond since it was built 25 years ago (nearly 10 years ownership of that being me ), so I feel comfortable to follow this plan.
For example, if the koI were HUGE I would probably allow about 400G a fish.

And here are 4 pictures
I tried to get some close ups of the koI
and Lucys requested pic of the lilly plant
 

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Everyone looks good and I bet they're so happy to be in the pond again!
 
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All of the koI pictured are 'runts' a breeder didn't want and I thought they looked nice and I rescued them , my home bred ones are diddy and most of them are still in the tank
 

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HI Ben, just out of curiosity what will become of the mirror and common when they get older, I have caught some huge carp both here and in france and they can get very deep bodied as you probably know. Have you thought about grass carp or sturgeon, they would look pretty cool in that pond mate.
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My girlfriends' auntie has a huge pond in her garden, easily in excess of 50,000 Gallons, I sold her 6 8-10" common carp last year, and in a few years this is where the carp will go. At the moment my mirror carp is about 6" and the common carp is about 2 years old and only 2".
I do like grass carp, and have had some in the past, but to me they aren't 'true' carp like the mirrors and commons, which I buy young, or occasionally get fry from the 2 I have and I just love raising them.
I also love sturgeon, but because there body is kind of spikey, there is a chance they could get caught in my oxygen weed, they are also quite pricey.
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You can get sturgeon down here in brighton for about £20, and oxygen weed should be fine with them it's just the blanket weed you can't have them with.
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I agree, but my dad thought the same, he bought a little sturgeon and it got caught in very thin blanket weed which was amongst his oxygen weed, and we share the same weed between our ponds.
£20 for a normal one If I was to get 1 it would have to be a diamond back or albino
 

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The diamond backs aren't that more exspensive here if you shop around but the albinos are silly money. nice pond you have there though.
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I love the speckled dude!!! That, to me, is one gorgeous fish. I don't usually care for "albino" fish or even white fish for that matter. They kinda creep me out. But the white koI are pretty. ;D
 
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The speckly dude is my big fat female shubunkin
She always gives me plenty of fry each year
In the second pic, top left corner, is one of her babies. The white fish with the orange spot He is a beautiful little boy, although he is white with a couple of red and orange spots, he is a fan tail and his tail is massive, its white/transparent with black speckles all over it
 
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Yes, only 1 weather loach. It was also a rescue, my brothers friend had it in a 20G tank with no hiding places so it was going wild all of the time. When he gave it to me it was about 5", now its nearly 10" lol
 
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Thanks everyone

CheeseBurger, I would have to estimate as they have been stunted from when theb reeder had them in a tank, but going on other things such as body shape, body depth, probably around 10-15 years the biggest 2, and the rest all about 6-7.
 
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A lot of Japanese koI breeders say that the life span is around 100 years
 

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