One of my summer projects has been to finish building a 3300 gallon freshwater pond in my backyard. The pond is 18 X 11 feet wide with plant shelves around the perimeter and a maximum depth of 4 feet. It has a waterfall, a bog garden with Chinese water chestnuts, and a tiny island. Since I live in rural Arizona, I don't have access to a water garden nursery to buy plants or fish. I had to buy the plants on-line and they came as seedlings. I could buy the fish on-line but have been thinking about buying fish from the local Wal-Mart. The local Wal-Mart has koi but their colors are incredibly dull. I'm not sure if this is because these particular fish aren't very attractive or whether it's because they're not being properly cared for. I've heard a lot of negative things about Wal-Mart fish. If you google search this topic, you'll find many articles and blogs that complain about the quality of fish from Wal-Mart. So I was wondering ... has anyone purchased live fish from Wal-Mart ... and if so, have the fish been in good condition? Have they survived? I'd hate to buy koi only to have them die on me. I could buy koi from an on-line supplier for the same price that Wal-Mart charges except I'd also have to pay handling fees and overnight shipping costs. Though more expensive with all of the added charges, the fish from the on-line supplier would probably be more attractive. I also know they would be more healthy.