There are a couple of good reasons why I don't. 1. They are expensive and 2. I'm sure they will die if I buy them. They also take more care than I want to give to fish. Instead I have goldfish. You know the kind that are intended to be eaten by other fish. Cheap. I've had the pond (I don't care what other people call it, it's a pond to me) seven years now. I bought 20 goldfish for .25 a piece. That comes to $5.00. Koi cost A LOT more than that. Up into the hundreds of dollars.
I've never had to buy more goldfish. They stay in the pond over the winter and once the ice melts they are swimming around just fine. I don't feed them much either. They come over begging when I go out there but I don't always give them food. There's stuff in the pond they must eat since they grow and do what goldfish do. We always feed them when my granddaughter is here and we're outside.
Did you know it's hard to give goldfish away? Well it is. First you have to catch them. It's really hard to do when they have a large area to get away from the net. Every couple of years we drain the pond and clean out the much at the bottom. Much easier to catch them when the water level is really low. The next difficult thing is to find people who want them. Hard to do. Believe me.
Right now I have someone who would like some. But in order to give them to her I have to catch them in a fish trap. Therefore, I have to make one. I had before but I can't find it. So the plastic needlepoint canvas and zip ties will be an afternoon project for me. Maybe I'll update this post with pictures of it and hopefully the fish I
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)