a.s. koi

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Well it’s not Wednesday but this one clearly got away from me so I…couldn’t finish on time but…

Since it’s MerMay, here’s koi!Yuuri and er, very fancy and sparkly!Victor.

Also I stand by what I said about Yuuri in AUs so koi!Yuuri is nice and soft. 

Please open it in a new tab, since tumblr formatting is messing with it. 

I’m watching dr. K’s exotic animal er right now and I’m digging it so far~

1. She’s treating a koi (fish vet!!)

2. Explaining the difficulty of keeping certain exotic animals (like lemurs) and how hard it is to meet some of their needs (social, dietary, etc.)

3. People that really care about their pets♡

t-nightingale  asked:

Hello! I want to ask a questions about your pond) How many years your fishes lives there? (I know that some species of fish can live very long life) How do they survive the winter? Are they hibernating all winter?

Hellu!

First of all, allow me to introduce them to you! We have two nameless common goldfish (carassius auratus).

And then there’s our four koi (cyprinos carpio) named Rødhette (Red Riding Hood), Gulltopp (Goldilocks), Snorre and Kyrre.

The goldfish are now two years old, the koi we only got last year. We’ve had pond fish before, but the first couple of years were really bumpy and we’ve had to start over. These fish are indeed very long lived, 20 year old goldfish and 50-70 year old koi are not uncommon, if time and care allow it. They also grow HUGE - they can pack on several inches a year up to a good 12 inches on a common goldie and at least 15-20 on your koi, depending on quality and origin.

They do hibernate, in a sense, all winter. This requires some extra design work, so many find it better/easier to have a smaller indoor winter tank.
Since we live in a climate with relatively long and chilly winters, our pond needs to have enough depth for them to be safe and snug at the bottom without risk of freezing. We actually built our pond over an old well that reaches down to groundwater levels (although it’s a closed system, so there’s no contact) to ensure this. We also need to keep part of the surface open (or in our case, we have a polystyrene float-and-pipe system that we let freeze in place) to prevent toxic gas buildup. Due to digestion and metabolism dropping with the temperature, they also don’t get fed when it’s under 10C in the water.

(Here’s a bonus fact: Although bred with some size difference, our pond goldfish are the same species as the plain ones normally seen in bowls, that you hear about having to be replaced every few months or so because they keep dying. How depressing is that.)

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