Nice koi pond. You must have an exceptional filter to keep them alive in a small pond. I once ran a pet/fish store, so I know how hard it is to keep the water clean with koi. The water wheel is a great way to keep the oxygen level up, but I bet you have to add water frequently from evaporation. Alas, I was hoping to do some track work yesterday, but we had a rainy weekend here in Virginia.
Blackburn49, Gary ,paul and Llyn
the pond is a little over 2 ft deep and about 6 ft. wide and 10 ft long, i had fish jump out already, I lost two in 10 years . last year a blue herion got 10 fish around eight to 10 inches . i run two pumps and two filters to keep it clean , i wash the filters every 3 to 4 weeks. I'm retired and enjoy the pond and runing trains ,thanks for the comments . Ben
Looking great Ben! Just fired up my pump and UV light last Sat. No... I did not get a train fired up... Craig
Craig: Sounds as if you are at the same stage of pre-summer operation as I am: No trains running yet but the first of two pond pumps is now operating.
I see I have a lot to do to the pond this year. It's looking a little barren. This thread has inspired me. It's time to bring the fish back !
Posted By GaryY on 04/27/2008 10:58 PM
Very nice....those fish are huge...seem bigger than the trains. Do they jump over the bridge? I be afraid of one landing on a loco...holy koi! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blink.gif" border=0>" border=0>
I agree the fish are HUGE, but in g scale you can call them whales?/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/laugh.gif" border=0>
For those of you thinking about adding fish to that "lake" in your layout, just remember they can end up being as much work as cleaning the tracks. And you can't overfilter the water. Its always easier to maintain less fish with more filtration. Over the last few decades I've kept everything from piranhas, to lion fish, to moray eels, to sharks, to seahorse. When we go to a public aquarium, I like to point out the exotic fish and say, "I've killed one of those".
Of course, you can always buy some cheap feeder goldfish and let them fend for themselves. That's what my mother in law does every spring.
Ben, it sounds like your's is just deep enough at 2'. "By the books" you would want a 4' deep section for really cold winters. I built mine that way originally on one end. Unfortunately I live in a forest of mature oak trees. Over the years I gave up trying to keep them cleaned out. Now it's more like 2' deep. And oak leaves are too acidic for fish. However, in the summer I do have to worry about giant mutant frogs sitting on the tracks, right in the middle of the bridge. ;-)