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Very nice pickup of Koi and Fancy Goldfish. What is the yellow colored Koi labeled name never seen Koi that color.
 
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Very nice pickup of Koi and Fancy Goldfish. What is the yellow colored Koi labeled name never seen Koi that color.

I believe all my yellow koi are considered yamabuki ogons. The new yellow butterfly I think is also considered a yamabuki ogon. The quality is different between them. The one in the blue tub has the best chance at staying yellow without going orange. Making that one a better quality color wise. My new standard fin ogons will likely go orange as they age. I picked them purposely for that reason. The yamabuki I lost was yellow like them when it was small so I hope at least one of these will turn out like her.

Yellow and golden koi are some of my favorites 😊
 

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It’s been a bitter sweet week so far.
I finished the patio, we got the gazebo up, and table and chairs setup. Our swing we ordered was missing the stand. It was in a second box that apparently never shipped due to an error. Now that will have to wait.

Then yesterday morning I go to check fish and turn on lights. Immediately I see one of my new koi dead😭 And a second one barely hanging on. I pull them both out and grab my microscope and water test kit.
As I’m still testing the first fish a third starts to freak out. It smacks into the glass a couple times then seems weak and starts floating sideways.
Im panicing and heartbroken at this point.
All scrapes look fine. No movement on slides from any of the three fish. I even tested the third one before it died to be sure I’m not missing som that leaves them immediately after death. Nothing.

Water results show Ammonia 1, nitrite wasn’t 0 But wasn't the full color of .25 either. PH was 8.2 I never got around to doing any other tests before filling it back up.
Outwardly they looked perfect. I checked mouths and gills and those looked normal too. I didn’t see evidence of ammonia burns, but the water was obviously a problem.

While doing the last scrap and scope a fourth koi was starting to act the same way. I netted it out, placed it in a bucket, and ran it outside. After slowly diluting the tank water with pond water it calmed down and perked up.
My husband kept insisting we put all the koi outside. I really didn’t want to since it hasn’t been long that we’ve had them and I don’t want to loose all the koi if there is a problem I can’t find or am missing.
Ultimately after seeing how well the one outside was doing I was too scared to leave the rest in the house. I tested the pond and ammonia was 0, nitrite 0, and nitrates hardly detectable.
Ive taken a huge gamble and let them go in the pond. I’m really hoping I didn’t make a giant mistake.
So far they have been doing great outside and the older koi haven’t given them too much trouble. Just followed them around for a couple hours to check them out.

Now for the fun part. A few pictures.
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Walkways will be next. And we haven’t decided what/if we will put some type of edging around the patio. I’ll just have to sit around and observe it for a while till I decide 😄
 

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Really nice,how many gallons is it about?
 
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Yesterday was a brutal day.
Water changes in the am. Then I had to leave for a few hours to get parts. Stupid detour made a 2hr round trip take over 3hrs😣
Get home and start work on the block again. I finished the walkway and blocking under the swings. I’m finally down to only 3 blocks left. I can’t work anymore if there’s no blocks to lay, right? 🤣 (I’m so sick of moving around 40lb blocks😝)
My hands and forearms were so weak and burning at one point I had to stop. Pop some ibuprofen, max freeze, compression gloves, a little pain reliving juice😉 and I jump on the lawn mower till the pain goes away long enough for me to get back to work. After the block was done I only had time to mow 2/3rds of the yard before it was getting dark. If it wasn’t for the rain I wouldn’t have had to push so hard to get this done.

But enough rambling. Here are the pictures from yesterday.
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Oh, little side story.
I’m sitting along the rhubarb pulling weeds and clearing dirt for the block when I hear something shifting around in them. Much too big to be a frog or toad. I got a little excited thinking maybe a baby bunny was hiding out....but no. Out jumped one of our farm cats scaring me half to death! Lol
He had been playing with a rodent he caught.
Here is the mighty hunter with his second catch of the day. 71E724AF-7913-4AAC-B3C4-0F4234584229.jpeg
 
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