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Wakin (wah-keen) are my favorite fish for ponds under 1000 gallons and will be very happy and healthy in a smaller environment. Actually the small preformed ponds will support up to 5 wakin if you have a good filter, always shade a small or shallow pond, not only will this keep the water cooler, it will help to keep the pond cleaner. All koi and goldfish are cold water fish and will not be happy in an indoor heated tank or hot pond. You can also add shade with a large water lily, they look great and give the fish some places to hide from trouble. Another plus for the wakin is that they are not jumpers like koi and can be kept in water that is not as deep. They are super friendly, flashy, aggressive fish that are always on the move and can hold their own with any fish you put them with, even large koi. The wakin here are raised right with the small koi after they are past the fry stage. Here is another link for more information on wakin as pond fish, http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/WAKIN.html
Wakin are popular and I always have a good selection to choose from, check around, my prices can't be beat, if you can even find them. All are spawned here with no outside fish introduced into the water. The small ones up to about 4" are only $15. The larger depend on the size, up to $40 for breeder size.
I sometimes have a very limited number of watonia (Wah-town-eye) mixed in with them, $15 - $30 depending on size, watonia are shaped & colored much like a wakin but have very long flowing tail fins and are somewhat rare. As I get my breeder stock built up I will be stocking the watonia.
Rather than just pick size (wakin grow very fast), I think it is more important to choose a color pattern with sharp edges that appeals to you, not only the red, but you'll want a very clean white also, a nice flared spade tail and good fin conformation. If you want help picking one out, just ask while you're here, I'll point out my choice and tell you why. If you like surprises you can start with younger ones that are all black and watch the colors develop, some stay black up to about 3" before the color change, on the other hand, I've seen them develop color at 1/2". Even when small it's easy to see the fin conformation and spade tail. I usually have the small select fry 5 for $10. These are showing color at this point and this will be the last month before they go into the grow out tank. Raise fry by hand and you'll have very, very, tame pond fish. Depending on your pond situation a fry can be ready for the pond in as little as 2 months, 2" - 3". If there are no fish in your pond these small ones can go right in now and with a lot of room they will grow very fast and get large.
As they grow they will develop the peduncle flash that will be a flash at the end of the body before the tail, I've never seen one of mine that didn't develop this, it's very striking in the sun. The red color deepens with age and with more sun than they receive here, the red always starts as orange and the white is somewhat clear when first getting color. I have found that the solid red ones stay a little more orange than the red and white, although I've also seen them turn all white and the all white develop red in time. Color is somewhat unstable in goldies of all types, this is why you'll see pandas, moors and other fancy goldies selling for an incredible amount of money with nice color patterns on larger fish. I am growing out some select wakin and at 8" - 10" they will be in the $50 range, as these grow out I'll post pictures of each. There are always small ones with great potential, I'm just very limited on room. As with any fish, only time will tell the real story.
Get'em young and train'em the way you want. If you are new to ponding you won't believe how friendly a wakin will become, they'll swim right into your hand when you reach into their water and actually take food from your hand. They can even be trained to do tricks, ring bells and swim through hoops.
All mine are the red and white type, out of all the spawns here I have not had any fry that varied from the parents red and white color, this color combination really shows off in a pond. Although they are available as calico and blue, I suspect these have been crossed with shubunkin. The breeders are here and you can take a look at them when visiting, actually I'm to busy to spend much time with them so I'm sure they would enjoy the attention.
Wakin are not as picky as koi about the water perimeters, but they will still need a good filter, the DIY filter would work very good for a pond up 1000 gallons with wakin. Click this link to see just how easy & inexpensive it is to make http://www.tadege.com/diyfilter.htm. If you keep the fish load within reason, say 1 wakin per 100 gallons I doubt that you'll even need to clean this filter more than once a month. Keep in mind that wakin are smaller than koi, but still can reach 18" in a pond if given enough room and that 100 gallons per fish will get smaller and smaller in time. Please don't over stock your pond, it won't work out and will not be pleasant for you or the fish. For best grow out and health, wakin = 1 per 100 gallons, koi = 1 per 500 gallons, at this rate your pond and filters will require very little attention to keep them in great shape. Simple choice for smaller ponds.
That is duckweed floating on the surface, they are about 1/2"- 1" long at 5 weeks. Item #101 at the online store for shipping. I sell these out very fast when they are available so email me first if you have to travel far.
The first 2 pictures are of spawns hatched here, 12/25/07 at 2 weeks old and a recent group at 5 weeks old. Look small to you? These are huge compared to the size they are when hatched. You can see a fry that has developed color very early in the first picture, there doesn't seem to be any advantage to this other than you can see the color earlier when culling, the orange will develop into the deeper red with time. The third picture is the breeder stock they are from, they were still very young at this time. Wakin are strong, reliable fish, well suited to pond life and like koi are best viewed from above. One of my original breeders had a run in with a raccoon and lost a gill cover, he calls himself "Rambo" (top center fish), still a macho little stud that has great color and conformation, never misses a party, but would never be saleable as a pond fish (don't know what the raccoon looked like after the fight, but I assume he won't make the cover of Field and Stream either). A wakin is some what hard to come by in this country, actually I looked for a number of months before I found what I wanted, they are the standard in Japan. For those that have ponds of 1000 gallons or less these will be a great addition, even in larger ponds they make an outstanding addition. Wakin select fry are 5 for $10, if available, usually they are during the summer season.
Wakin are very friendly, but fast, aggressive fish and best kept with fish that can hold their own such as shubunkins, hibuna, comets and even koi. They are one of the largest growing goldfish and can obtain a length of up to 18" in a pond, although 10" - 12" is the norm. I got my breeders from 2 different sources to add diversity to the genetics of the spawns. Within the first week of receiving my breeders they were rushing right up to me.
They will never reach the size of koi, which is important for small ponds, but still are very impressive at 10" or longer. They are also considered one of the hardiest of pond fish and adapt very fast to a new enviroment. In northern climates they can even live under the ice as long as the pond doesn't freeze solid.
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