Following on from yesterday’s post – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/04/28/purdin-koi-farm-spawning-update/, this post continues the fry from the spawning’s of 22nn/23rd April, and the preparation of the mud ponds into which they’ll be transferred.

As I type this it’s 1.30am on 29th April and I’m again doing the feeding night shift feeding the fry for their 2nd night, it’s exactly 6 days since they were being laid as eggs.

The photos and video below show the fry from the Ueno Showa, the hatch of which has been most substantial in number.  The photos were taken at 9am and the video was filmed at 5pm yesterday (28th).

Ueno Showa fry approximately 24 hours after hatching

Ueno Showa fry approximately 24 hours after hatching

Ueno Showa fry approximately 24 hours after hatching

Ueno Showa fry approximately 24 hours after hatching

I detailed the addition of chlorine and cotton seed meal in the preparation of the fry ponds in yesterday’s post – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/04/28/purdin-koi-farm-spawning-update/.

Having partially filled with water over night, the ponds were ready for their next addition, the rather bizarrely called ‘Tackle Buster’.  The package images below explain what it is, the reason for it’s use simply to encourage growth of phytoplankton in the water for the fry to feed upon.


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Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Liquid fertiliser added to the ponds

Bill with a jar of 'Tackle Buster'

Bill with a jar of ‘Tackle Buster’

Adding 'Tackle Buster' to the pond

Adding ‘Tackle Buster’ to the pond

Adding 'Tackle Buster' to the pond

Adding ‘Tackle Buster’ to the pond

Amazingly quickly, what was largely a dry hole in the ground for 9-10 months will become populated with all manner of micro life.  Insect life will seemingly appear from nowhere, having dropped from the air and adopted the pond as their homes.

On Monday the fry will be released to the mud pond for their ongoing growth and development.


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