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  1. Sakura8
    01-27-2012 11:46 AM - permalink
    Hi Izzy. I spoke with my friend who I intended to give my baby koi to in the spring and now I'm a bit worried. It sounds like her pond may be too small and shallow. It's roughly 10' X 8' and has 9 koi who are each about 1'. I do know that she had more koi but some died last summer because the pond was not deep enough (possibly not enough oxygen and no aeration provided). What is your opinion on this pond? I'd really appreciate your advice.
  2. Jrf456
    12-30-2011 02:38 AM - permalink
    Hi.. You seem to be very knowledgable and friendly.. So I have a question. If I were to do a 10g sorority, what kind of water changes would I need to do? How many females would I want to put? Do you HAVE to put live plants? How long should you cycle a 10g? If you would be so kind please! :D
  3. Sakura8
    12-28-2011 04:25 PM - permalink
    Oh, sorry I was unclear. No, I meant that if I needed to rehome him in the pond right away, those would be the outdoor temps that he'd have to adjust to as opposed to the indoor temp he has now, which has been a steady 70 F but will now be lowered significantly.

    Thank you so much for all your advice and for sharing your knowledge. Koichiro and I greatly appreciate it. :)
  4. thekoimaiden
    12-28-2011 12:52 PM - permalink
    When the temps get down to around 50F their metabolism slows and their growth slows, too. If you can keep him at low (40F-50F) then he should be fine until spring. It is also important to keep the temp steady. If the tank temp is swinging that much on a daily basis, then you might want to see if the person who is taking him has a quarantine tank that can be kept at a more steady temp.
  5. Sakura8
    12-28-2011 01:26 AM - permalink
    Would it be better if I tried to rehome him now? The lowest it gets is about 30 F at night, maybe 50-60's during the day.
  6. thekoimaiden
    12-28-2011 12:51 AM - permalink
    I would lower it to below 50F if you can. That's generally the temp at which you stop feeding koi, and they just nibble on algae for the rest of the winter. Those little buggers can get huge in no time. Sometimes it seems like I blink, and they grow. They slow down after a few years, tho.
  7. Sakura8
    12-28-2011 12:32 AM - permalink
    Oh, he's cold all right. :) His tank is in the garage, so it gets down to 65 F or lower. I'm keeping him at 70, should I lower it?

    They really grow that fast?
  8. Sakura8
    12-27-2011 10:35 PM - permalink
    So I'm reading your posts for LyzzaRyzz's koi dilemma and now I'm curious about your opinion on my situation. One 4" baby koi in an overfiltered 37g until the spring. He'll then be rehomed; I already have someone with a koi pond who wants him. I was told not to rehome him during the winter because the shock could kill him so will he be okay in the 37g until about March or April? Otherwise, I'll see if she'll take him now.

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  • About thekoimaiden
    I got into the hobbyin 2007 with a high school project. Now I have 4 tanks and a koi pond
    Virginia, USA
    Ichthyology, entomology, herpetology, hiking, caving, photography, and writing
    Total Years Fish Keeping Experience
    5 - 10
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