Chinese hi-finned banded sharks
1/01/2013 The video to the left
was taken with my live stream underwater video camera
found here. In the lower right
hand corner of the video you will see 2 of the 3 Chinese hi-finned
banded sharks that live in our lower pond with our Koi. The
other 4 that we have, 2 in the upper pond and 2 in our middle pond
are much larger because they do not compete with the Koi for food.
If you have rocks in your pond this is a must
see video! Many ponds have rocks in their pond. We have
rocks in the streambed and the water falls but not in the actual
ponds. The biggest reason is you can have a lot more gallons
of water in your pond by not having rocks because the rocks displace
water. One customer on the east coast actually added 500
gallons of water by simply removing the rocks from the bottom on the
If you do have rocks it is important that you at least once a year
use a hose and get down in between those rocks and get the crud
of from between the rocks.
NOTE: I caution you that if
you have not ever done this, you need to do small sections at at
time OR you could end up killing your fish if there is a lot of
hydrogen sulphide (sulpide)
(H2S) gas built up in
the crud. You will probably
also smell the "rotten egg smell", a sure sign of H2S.
Long term exposure to H2S can cause the fish to become sickly
and more susceptible to diseases and parasites because of damage
to the gills.
Late summer 2010 Koi in a greenhouse tank.
an airstone and pump work. The tanks are netted because we
had a heron go in the greenhouse and get right in a tank a
couple of years ago.
This video is almost 11 minutes long so wait for
the video to buffer because it may be slow to load. My koi in
the lower pond. You will also get glimpses of my "sharks".
You will have to look close because they stay near the bottom.
They are black with beige colored stripes. Towards the end of
the video Sammy came up from behind and nudged me so I am
talking to him
11/19/2010 Meet my dog Sammy. You will find him anywhere
I am because he never leaves my side. He makes the many daily
treks with me down to the greenhouse. Yes, he knows the word
greenhouse among many others. He was beside me when I was doing the
2 videos below. You will see him turn around and make sure I
am still following him.
11/19/10 This video is about 6 minutes long. Sammy and I
have been down to the greenhouse and fed all the koi there and
now we are on the opposite side of the pond. I said to
Rich "I can't get a good view of the sharks" and he said he "would
get his boat and put me in the boat and the boat in the pond so
I could see them better". He did not know I was recording
the fish in the pond at the time because he was up by the middle
pond and could not see me
Late October we are at the streambed and removing the plants and
taking them down to the greenhouse where they will winter over.
It is a big chore for Rich to remove the huge Black Magic Taro a
Rose Hibiscus and a Red Bog Lily
All of the plants in the streambed are in a few inches of water
and planted bare root.
Rich has the plants from the stream bed loaded on the cart and
is taking them down to the greenhouse while I begin to wash down
the streambed. Sammy, black and tan hound, and Ginger a
Staffordshire terrier accompany Rich down to the greenhouse.
Both dogs are rescue dogs.
The lower part of the stream bed is being washed down. And
you can see all the crud that was trapped in the rocks. It
is going into the middle pond where the skimmer will pick up
some and the rest will go down the bottom drain.
The rocks in the stream bed on the other side of the
bridge is also washed down
Below are 9 short videos we did in the greenhouse of a black snake
eating a rat