These pictures are from late July, 2002.
Overall, we're satisfied that the design looks as good in real
life as it did on paper during those long cold winter months we
spent on drawing and redrawing this plan.
Our koi were always timid and shy in the long, narrow design of
pond #2. In this pond, they seem much happier and friendlier. We've
trained the fish to eat from our hands!
We've learned that koi need to be at least 8 inches long to spawn.
Three or four have reached that size and have reproduced prolifically.
The eggs get eaten almost as quickly as they're released, but quite
a few have survived.
A mystery: There really is no way for a fish to be able to get
up into the top plant pond. Even an egg would have to travel through
the skimmer filter, through the UV light, and up through three layers
of filter padding in the waterfall. But there are several baby fish
up in that pond, blissfully swimming around the plants. How'd they
get up there?
One baby fish, who we've named Baby, is a pure white butterfly
koi with a perfect round orange spot in the middle of the top of
his head. It's a thrill each day to see him dart out from under
a lily pad or swim out of a hiding place in a rock crevice.