One of my precious koi died yesterday:
I made the pictures small and I cropped it a certain way because it’s pretty gruesome. Her mouth was practically ripped off her face. So now, I have 8 koi left:
This whole sexual carnage happens every year. Some years I’m lucky and the fish survive the ordeal. But some years, like this one, have casualties. I did a post on this about a year ago called “Koi Rape”. Every year, around this time of year, the koi mating season comes in full swing. Unfortunately for koi enthusiasts, this type of fish mate in a violent kind of way. The poor females are violently attacked by the males, chased brutally around the pond, as the females bump into the concrete walls causing injuries, some fatal.
So this year, one female was already floating on her side when we found her. I could see that even in that weakened state, the males would still badger her, causing her to swim away at full speed, smashing her snout into the walls of the pond. When we fished her out of the pond, her mouth was almost completely gone, practically ripped out of her head. I tried putting salt in the water, in a last ditch attempt to revive her, which is the general treatment for sick fish, but it died anyway. So now, since only one female was raped, there’s a possibility now that I have an all-male pond (unless the other females just haven’t spawned yet). That is my goal: to have an all-male or all-female koi pond, to avoid this yearly display of piscine domestic violence.
Such regal, graceful, beautiful creatures, yet capable of such brutal violence, such is the nature of many things. I don’t have the budget to buy a new fish, but I need to look into it. Supposedly, the lucky number in a koi pond is any multiple of 9 (9, 18, 27…). So 8 ain’t great, but 9 is divine. This is my second batch of koi already, the first one wiped out years ago in a traumatic mass death. I really hope this batch doesn’t surprise me with another koi tragedy.
“Sana magkaroon na ng fish and quiet sa pond, para mundo koi tumahimik. Isda too much to ask?”