Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Hey Pals,

Some of you probably remember that we raised some koi fishies from eggs last year that we took from our largest pond.  We hatched them in a 10 gallon aquarium, then once they were about one inch long, we moved them to a 75 gallon aquarium.  This is how they looked when they first went into the larger aquarium last summer:

This is what they look like now, approximately 9 months old:

We ended up with one Butterfly Koi baby, it is the creamy/yellow fish in the center:

Several of them are about 6 inches long now.  Once the water in the ponds warms up to about 60 degrees and stays there, then these koi will get to go live in the pond.  ( which will probably be about May )

Since the horrible earthquakes have hit Japan, we've been wondering how many of the famous koi farms have been destroyed.  When the hard quakes hit several years ago, they lost many koi farms.  Some families could not start up their businesses again.  The losses were just too great.  We hope and pray that all of the people and animals are staying safe. 

We put our outdoor camera out by the ponds a week or so ago so that we could see if that darn mink was trying to get any of the koi again.  Well, we haven't seen him yet, but we did see this villain:

Mr. Raccoon.  Luckily he only stopped by for a drink of water.  Then he was on his way.

So far I Butchy am still having some seizures.  I had one yesterday afternoon.  We're going to see how I do the remainder of the week and then decide about getting the blood serum test done next week.  We thought I was on an improvement side of things, then the seizure hit.  Bummer......

Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek


Amber-Mae said...

Beautiful Koi fishes, lovely big tank!

Gus said...

The Fishies look quite happy in the aquarium, and would prefer to stay indoors until the nasty racoon gets losted.

We hope that the Monster Monster stays away! Is there any thing "important" about the fact that this last episode was mid day instead of early morning?


Asta said...

I'm vewy upset that that howwid seezoowe monstew won't leave you alone..
I keep pwaying and cwossing my paws fow a solution!!!!!
those Koi babies awe Bootiful!!!!!I hate that masked bandit! Have you evew considewed putting wiwe ovew the ponds so the thieves can't get at youw gowgeous Koi???
We awe vewy sad about all the twagedies in Japan and awe sending all ouw pawsitive thoughts and pwayews to them
smoochie kisses

Benny and Lily said...

You must be giving your fishes miracle grow. So Mr. Raccoon is eating well. Keep an eye out
Benny & Lily

Brian said...

The Koi are cute, cute, cute! Purrs to you Butchy! Did you get the note I sent you about a recall on the kind of medicine you take?

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Hi to all of you woofies and kitties ... thanks for stopping by our bloggy and leaving the nice comment about our tummies! Your koi are awesome ... we live on a lake so we like seeing fishy pictures! And Butchy, we hope you will improve, seizures are awful!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Mango said...

I hate to hear that you are still having seizures. You must be so tired. I am thinking really hard that you scare the monster away.

I liked seeing the baby fish. They will love their giant pool.


Wyatt said...

That is so cool, that you hatch your own Koi fishies. We have several in our outside pond. We have to worry about the Blue Heron.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Sally said...

Those fish grow fast! What beauties - I hope it gets warm soon for them and you!

We are so worried about you and your seizures! We wish we could make that monster go away for good!

Our prayers are with the people of Japan too -

all our licks
Sally and Paddy

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Beautiful fishes!! And what a lot of work for your peeps.

Butchy, we hope that seizure monster can leave your house and we think of you often wondering how you are doing.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Wirey Harley said...

Those are some really nice fishies in that tank. My momma's been thinking alot about the bad stuff happening in Japan because she lived there as a little girl and her brother was born there, so she says she has a connection in her heart. We are all very worried about all the doggies and kitties over there.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh that Mr. Coon is adorable...did you happen to get his number, Katie dear???

The koi are hoooooooge!! Do you have a koi named after you yet dear????

We're keeping Butchy very close to our hearts and we're growlin' at that seizure monster, big time!!


Lacie Girlie

BuyBestCatFood said...

Beautiful koi fishes....

Its awesome you hatch ur own fishes.

Lovely tank.

Love it :)