09 September 2009

The "outcast" koi died

This morning, our golden coloured China-koi died.

He had been given to us by a friend who had kept him in an aquarium for several years. Due to the restricted size of the aquarium, the koi had not grown well - he has a bloated stomach disproprotionate to his length, causing some imbalance as you can see him swim much like a duck waddling.

From the day his previous owner released him into our pond, he was an outcast. Swimming alone away from the school of our other koi, he liked to seek refuge in the pebbles of our plant pots in the pond. After a couple of weeks he seemed to acclimatise to his new surroundings, swimming more actively around. Then he disappeared through the pipe into our filter bed, where we let him stay for a while. We fished him out, and again he swam out of the pond into the filter bed. We rescued him a second time but now, he's gone.

Maybe like people, once confined, fish just can't get used to being free.


  1. it committed suicide. chronic depression.

  2. sorry to hear about your lovely koi. are you going to get a replacement?

  3. I think it would be polite to put your name at your blog.

    As for the fish it would be wise to have them in pair.

    Have a nice day.

  4. Thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. I appreciate it very much.

    No, don't think we will replace the lost koi as we have many others. Yes, Pak Idrus might be right - the outcast came in alone into a pond already populated by other koi, who probably ignored him. I will think about putting a name Pak Idrus, but for the moment will use my pseudonym.