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My EX 15,000 Gallon Fish pond

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    Default My EX 15,000 Gallon Fish pond

    There are things I had in California that I can't have here due to the cost of electricity.

    at .46 cents per kilowatt hour, it would cost me an arm and a leg to build such a pond that runs on a 2 hp motor 24/7.

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    OH THE MEMORIES!

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    Them were some whoppers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Them were some whoppers!
    But, how do they taste?

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    Beautiful! Love the rock work and other landscaping around your old pond.

    cheers,
    BD

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    Can't say. I've never seen carp for sale to eat.

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    LOL! Just like carp, they're bony. At the price these things are going for, I don't think you would want to eat one. That would be quite an expensive dinner.

    Here's a story of my Koi Dealer who actually ate one: He went to Japan to buy Nishikigoi and he bought a couple of large black ones for $8,000 a piece (yeah, you read that right!.

    After he brought them home and put them in his pond, one of them jumped out and died. You can guess the rest!

    BD: That was quite a bit of work with the help of my Koi Dealer. But it took my son and I 6 months to dig the pond as there was no way to get a mechanical digger in the back yard. All sandstone, and we had to build up one part of the yard because it was on a hillside. 4 1/2 ft deep on one end and 6 ft at the deep end. Had to have it this deep to keep Racoons (in which I had one as a pet) from going in and eating the koi.

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    ... and if you want to know how big these things can get. Here are a couple of pix. The black one is 4 feet long.
    The red, white and black (Sanke) is actually a very young fish ... maybe 2 years old, but almost 3 ft long already.

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    Sanke being removed from a growing pond in Niigata Japan.

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    Magoi

    It would take you a while to eat these!

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    Wow. Looks very nice. I tough to imagine eating something that you love and be affectionate with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Wow. Looks very nice. I tough to imagine eating something that you love and be affectionate with.
    I know I couldn't but that is just me.

    Kauaiguy, your pond was amazing. How serene that must have been.

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    That was a lot of work but the outcome was also worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Can't say. I've never seen carp for sale to eat.
    There are carps and there are carps and the Chinese have been rearing carps for food for centuries. Yes they are bony and taste muddy. There is one particular variety of carp that is in great demand by the ethnic Chinese living in Malaysia, the Big Head Carp. The part of the carp that the gourmets go for is the head which is deep fried and then cooked in a soup or served with rice congee.
    However there is an Indonesian dish using whole koi ( the plain not the fancy types) called 'Pepes', the preparation of which makes the bones dissolve and this dish is absolutely heavenly. I've only had this dish once in Jakarta during my son's wedding to his Indonesian wife.
    Carps normally live in slow, muddy rivers and streams and considered as sluggish critters not worthy of being labelled as gamefish ( European and British sports fishermen may take me to task over this). But the legendary Indian Mahseer lives in the fast clean waters of the upper streams and is considered one the greatest freshwater gamefish of the world. They can grow to hundreds of pounds in weight. In Malaysia the smaller cousins of the Mahseer is the Tor tambroides or Malaysian Mahseer, otherwise called 'Kelah' in Peninsular Malaysia and 'Empurau' in Sarawak. This carp is a delicacy in Malaysia and may fetch as much as US$200 a pound in restaurants that serve it.

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