Our winter home came with a wonderful (award-winning) pond; its ten resident koi are now 10-12 years old. We keep a detached relationship with them: happy to have and feed them but wouldn't have chosen to go that route as far as a water-feature is concerned. We've learned...and mostly forgotten....the names given to their various color patterning and featherings. If this thread has legs (fins?), we'd be happy to delve into that aspect of koi ownership. I have not determined, however, what the optimal population is for our particular pond. It's not been a problem in the past: the koi we inherited have continued in good health and have grown over the period of out tenure. The original owner told us that there were fertile females, but that any spawn were consumed by these cannibalistic monsters so we shouldn't expect any fry. And that's how it's been, until this year. When we came down from Alaska this autumn, we discovered some littl'uns. Now that the lily pads are mostly gone for the winter, we have counted a certain ten and probably eleven youngsters, and there may be more. They're now up to three+ inches long, and some fine patterning is beginning to develop. If anyone either is knowledgeable about koi and would like to inherit some at no cost, or is just getting into this interest and would like some starter fish, please contact us. Obviously, the closer the better - but in all cases it's you-haul. Again, this is not, of course, Alaska, but in the Greater Phoenix AZ area.