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New to koi

Posted by james_vagabond none (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 7, 14 at 0:20

Hi folks, I just picked up an established koi pond off of CL. It is an 800 gallon stock tank with a waterfall, filters and a few fountains for increased d.o. It came with six healthy Koi and I intend to A) make it deeper by sealing plexiglass around it for a clear viewing window and more room, from there I am attaching a few clear flexible tubes to connect to satellite ponds so the fish have plenty of room. I want to install a gate for hatchlings so they don't get eaten by the big guys.

I plan on using this for aquaponics as well, for a dynamic use. As I am trying to have a self-sufficient set up, and have experience growing spirulina in a lab setting, I'd like to raise/grow their food supply, but haven't had the greatest luck finding info other than for very large ponds. Is it possible to raise krill, algae, plants etc in sufficient quantities to provide a full and diverse diet? I want to give them the best, and often find nothing beats homebrew. I can control what fillers/additives/garbage that manufacturers use to save money, while providing them a balanced whole diet.

If anyone has experience with this and can recommend a good blend of algae/crustaceans/plants I would appreciate it. I can raise the krill and etc separately and batch feed the koi so they don't eat them all in one shot.

Thanks I look forward to hearing your wisdom!

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RE: New to koi

Hi, well that is an interesting concept. If you can raise freshwater krill to the size of a forth inch to half inch that would be great. I never heard of anyone doing that. I have seen people raising duckweed to feed tilapia. I'm taking that this pond is outside. Be careful when connecting satellite ponds that they will have proper filtration. I don't know what region you are in. Koi need an alternating diet as the weather becomes cold. Their systems slow down and they wont be able to handle the high protein from krill. You will have to use a wheat germ for colder temps.

RE: New to koi

Hi James, since you mention spirulina, do you know someone who has live spirulina and would be so kind as to share? I am asking for health reasons. I already have aquarium, nutrients and iron solution. look forward to your reply and I pay all expenses, you got nothing to lose

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