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     Unbelievable but True...

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- The 'Lost' Koi Show Videos
- Today's Pond Q&A
- Last Call For Catalogs
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Hi,

It appears that two of the KOI Show videos from last weekend weren't uploaded correctly and would not play. Thanks to Terri in Denudin FL for letting us know!

Here are the two video links again, for the two videos that would not play:

http://www.koi-cam.com/KoiShowVideos/KoiJudging4.html
http://www.koi-cam.com/KoiShowVideos/KohakusOgonsandMore.html

For a complete list of video links, click here:
http://www.macarthurwatergardens.com/Koi-Show-videos.shtml

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Pond Q&A> Dear Brett

Thank you for the wonderful pictures and video you have sent to us,it's been a real wide eye opener I never imagined that there was so many variety of Koy fish to me a koy fish was a fish and that was it (hope you understand what I mean) but after seen the photo it's becoming a pleasant and more interesting hobby .

I have 2 question for you and I'm sure you have the answer.
(1) It's true that the fish grows according to the size of the pond or tank?

(2) How long does it takes for a Koy fish to grow to full size and how fast do they grow

Regards
Mario

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Answer

Hi Mario,

Glad you enjoyed the pictures and videos. Yes, there are many varieties of KOI and what's amazing is that each style has been created from thousands of years of selective breeding in Japan, and all over the world.

To answer your questions:

Yes, it's *mostly* true that a fish will only grow as large as his surrounding pond or tank. I say *mostly* because I saw something at that koi show that I didn't not believe.

There was a fellow member of the koi club there, with 5 or 6 of his VERY LARGE koi on display. I'm talking over 30" long for some of them. What was amazing to me (and somewhat unbelievable) was that his pond was only around 450 gallons.

Unbelievable, but true...

Let me explain.

The reason his fish were able to grow this large in a pond so small is because he had his pond setup with a 'Flow Through System' - What this means is that his pond is hooked up to a well, and has a constant supply of new, fresh water flowing into the pond - and the old water is constantly overflowing back into the ground.

So essentially - his fish live in the ocean! His pond water is always renewing itself, with a constant supply of minerals without any buildup of fish waste or toxins.

However - for most of us, the rule does apply. Fish will only grow as large as their environment will support. I've heard, but am not certain of, that fish produce a certain waste chemical that actually can regulate their growth. If the level of this chemical is above a certain level, the fish's metabolism will adjust and stop growing.

However, as in the case of the flow through system - if the by product chemical is not present, then the fish will continue growing!

To answer your second questions, KOI and most fish will reach their full size within 3-4 years, although can continue growing well after that. It depends on a lot of factors (diet, surroundings, water quality, etc)..

Happy Pondkeeping!

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