We started with five Koi/shubunkin type fish about four months ago in a smallish preformed pond , about 5ft x 4ft and quite deep . We tried to do everything right, let the water stand , loads of marginals and oxygenating plants, UV filter with pump , the fish seemed to be very happy, extremely happy because they have been breeding non stop since we had them ! As expected, many eggs were eaten but we are told that its very unusual to have retained the number of fry that we have done . We currently have about 20 or so beautifully coloured young fish, some about an inch and a half long , only a few are bronze and there are also many small fry in there from more recent activities !We have just bought another pond, twice the size, to house the youngsters and hope to site so that we have a flow from the big one into the smaller one . Is it common to retain so many young fish in the same pond as the adults ? Problems of course is that its going to happen again !! Our local water garden centre isnt interested in taking any fish , we dont even want any money for them so will most likely advertise in our local paper if this keeps happening !
Well i just hope we can rehome some otherwise our garden is in grave danger of becomming one huge water world .I seriously thought that maybe one or two would survive , not 20-30 from 5 fish ! Lots of froglets too .