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They're Alive!

Just got through my first winter in my pond and I spotted my fish swimming for the first time today. I am pretty excited for the water to get warm enough for them to get more active again. Is anybody else keeping koi?

That is exciting. I have always wanted a pond, but thought the typical winters were too harsh. I can't say this last one was typical (way short and warm), but never the less, it is encouraging to have them make it! Congrats.

I dug it 3 ' deep and left my strongest pump running pointing right at the surface. It never came close to freezing over in that area where the rest of pond froze to more than a few inches at times.

I can't really call mine a pond because the whole water feature is about 55 feet long. It is two ponds, one is 7' round and the other is 19' x 10'. The is a big waterfall on the end of the small pond pond and a smaller one on the end of the big pond. They are connected by a 14' stream. Approx 4000 gallons of water. Breeding fish, frogs and turtles as well. My small waterfall runs all year to keep the water oxygen rich and the fish stay just fine.

[quote="Landshark" post=13159]I can't really call mine a pond because the whole water feature is about 55 feet long. It is two ponds, one is 7' round and the other is 19' x 10'. The is a big waterfall on the end of the small pond pond and a smaller one on the end of the big pond. They are connected by a 14' stream. Approx 4000 gallons of water. Breeding fish, frogs and turtles as well. My small waterfall runs all year to keep the water oxygen rich and the fish stay just fine.[/quote]

Sweet. That's what we might call "habitat". ๐Ÿ˜†

:aayeahthat: wow that's crazy we built one at my parents house it was a2 level with a huge water fall it was sweet when he kept up on it but the he let it go and it just sits there now I would like to build one in my yard in the future

I have always had ponds in the past, they are great and if you dig them deep enough you can definetly winter over your Koi. I alway kept mine running year round and in the winter it was nice to see ice or snow forming along the edges or briefly freeze over looking very natural. You would be surprised how much wildlife shows up, I ended up with a lot of frogs but never added any and one year there was a baby turtle that moved in, I lived across the street from a lake so I am guessing that where thye all came from but it was stil pretty cool to see them show up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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