My parents have a goldfish/koi pond.. They are a bit upset, they made a mistake their first time around and all their goldfish died! The goldfish we purchased had been bought from a breeder, were super tame and living happy lives up until then too! Well, the guy decided to take off for a while and close up shop, and my parents bought new fish from petsmart this time. These guys are SOOOO SKITTISH!! It's ridiculous! Very wild, and since we have given them a ton of rocks and crevices and things to hide in...For a week, my parents thought something had eaten all their fish!
I've been taking the time to tame them this summer, and it's finally starting to pay off! Usually when I walk up I'll see all the goldfish huddled together(I believe we have 6 very young goldfish) but usually the koi are nowhere in sight. By the time I make it to the pond the fish have scattered, sometimes one or two will stay out(but on the opposite end from me and at the very bottom of the water) so, I'll feed them. I never used to know if they were even eating or not, they wouldn't come to the top if people were around. Finally, the last two days they have been eating while I sit by the pond watching! The koi have magically reappeared(and they have growwwn!) but they swim so fast, crazy ninja fish!
I'm pretty happy about how it's going.. We have had them for a few weeks now and it's good to see some progress. I'm still so sad about the first fishies, they were so curious and friendly! But I have hope for these guys! Maybe someday they will sit still enough for me to get a picture for you!
:) One koi is absolutely lovely, he has a gold yellow head and most of his body is white.. Very pretty!