It's been a long time but I just need a place to review this year's fish care and make plans for next year.
The 270 gal pond is not going up again next year.
The 600 gal pond now houses all my fish currently.
The 8 gal tank has three little fry from the draining of the 270. Have yet to be prazi'd or salted but as soon as I find the products I will get them started.
The 60 gal is empty and will remain empty in case the three fry outgrow the 8 gal in the winter months.
I have 25 plus fish as of the last count. This year is cull year. I cull every three years. This year I'll aim for 30% reduction (7-8 fish.) I've picked about 5 so far.
It has been an incredibly raining/flood season this summer so we have over fifteen frogs living in our pond. I suspect there will be no fry from the fall drain of the 600 gal.
At the end of September the 600 will be drained, the fish will be prazi'd and salted as they normally are at the end of pond season and are being stored in an insulated garage with an o-ring to keep the filter turning. This will by far be the coldest I have ever kept the fish in the winter. I hope it goes well cause this is the winter situation for the next few years until we build our own garage.
Hopes: my boyfriend wants a koi. He thinks he can sort out a 3000gal pond in the surrounding area of the current 600 gal. Personally we have quite the list of renovations to do before we do that so it is a long term project unless I can find a way to get it done under $5 k.
I would like to reduce my stocking to an isolated set of traits, there is too much floating in the gene pool right now that my fry are quite sporadic. I would also like to be on the lookout in May to qt a few better selections for the ponds which means I need to start monthly searches in around Dec. I will update after the fish are drained from the pond.