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show me the koi!

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by turner_landscaping, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. turner_landscaping

    turner_landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    Its been a very interestn year to start off with the record amounts of rain we have gotten. I got a call from a customer to do a cleaning and asked if i wanted any of the fish in exchanged for the our services. He stated he had a mixtured of koi and goldfish and that he had way to many 80 plus to be exact at his count lol.. So i said that i would be interested in the koi if they were decent looking fish. I go out to his place expecting little fish 10-12" size but boy was i stunned lol. The smallest koi was 18" and the largest was 31/2 feet and there wasnt just a few there was 80 koi:laugh: and 3 goldfish. Needless to say I am the proud owner of 60 plus koi both standard and butterfly. What a year lol..:laugh:

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  2. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    That's a couple grand worth of Koi on a low side. I also had a windfall of Koi this year, but mine ar only 1/4" fry. lol
     
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    That many 'Lunkers' are going to go through some food. I turn down large fish quite often. No market here for large Koi because most ponds are already overcrowded and the new installs like to watch the 'babies', such as Keith has, grow up. Saw your post on FB. Good luck in moving them.
     
  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    New installs? What are those? Ponds are drying up around here for some reason. I should change my name to St. Louis Waterfalls, since that is all we build these day's. I have a cleanout coming up that is going to be a hassle with about 50-60 koi and a ton of muck/mulch in the bottom and the 100ft stream. So I'll have a ton more Koi to weed out.
     
  5. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's only a hassle if you aren't charging enough.

    A 'Pile of Muck' equals a 'Pile of $$$$$'.
     
  6. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    Dang thats sweet man
     
  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I agree to a point, but this pond is just a mess the way it's built and all the muck and a tight customer equals headache.
     
  8. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    You'll feel a lot better when you take their check to the bank.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  9. turner_landscaping

    turner_landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    Yea they eat and eat and eat lol but the kids are having fun with them. Ive got about another 100 plus small guys as well. I know how you feel bout the cleanings Keith just got out of a 4' deep pond where their was 1' of pure mud n the bottom needless to same there wasnt a bottom drain!!!:hammerhead: and it was 100 degrees out:cry:
     
  10. turner_landscaping

    turner_landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    I have a some large installs comming up that i will be putting some of those guys in their ponds. Around here people wanna see their koi big lol..
     

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