Tosai Thursday and the Impatient Pond Builder

Spring is here according to the calendar but it’s been delayed a few weeks in Little Siberia (Minnesota). Today we actually got some koi and pond work done. Kevin Pham shipped some tosai to me and they all arrived in great shape. I still have two Kase showas swimming around in San Jose and they’ll…

2018 ZNA NorCal and Winter Storm Xanto

Checked off another koi show in the United States. I love to visit other koi shows to see the beautiful koi, meet crazy koi people, find new koi things to buy and just hear a lot of good information about keeping koi. ZNA NorCal has always interested me because the koi are pretty big and…

Koi keeping and gardening is still on hold (sad face)

While much of the world is enjoying the start of spring, we are still indoors this weekend. A little snow fell last night and temperatures are only in the 30s. My cousin sent me a photo yesterday taken in the Mihara area of Japan (east side of Hiroshima). The cherry blossoms have started blooming a…

Hand Feeding Koi

Koi are not really pets but each koi seems to have a little personality that we make up for them. They can’t go on walks and they’re pretty quiet. Not too many tricks they can do but they are focused when it comes to eating. My koi seem to know to race to the corner…

Still Waiting for Spring to Arrive

The new year of koi shows has started up and it has been fun seeing the posts of friends at the koi shows in San Diego and Orlando. Koi people are very nice, generous and good natured. There might be a few bad apples but this hobby seems to attract a happy, eccentric crowd. The…

Checking on the Koi

Since I last posted, I have traveled to Virginia, watched the Vikings miss out on the Super Bowl, heard a lot of celebs were in the area for Super Bowl (I did not see any), had a few inches of snow, a few days of a spring temperature tease, had a few days of really…

four months until springtime in Minnesota

A little taste of springtime this weekend – temperatures in the 40s! It’s hard to think that my koi still have four more months of indoor koi land. We are hoping for an early spring since the pond builder is itching to fiddle with the outdoor ponds. He can do some work now like rebuilding…

Koi Doctor

It’s -3 degrees going up to a high of 5 degrees today in Little Siberia. I’m planning to spend some time with my new koi books but I have one koi who appears to have a bacteria infection. So I’m going to play koi doctor – which is kind of fun when the stakes are…

Winter in Little Siberia

Christmas morning in Minnesota is about -2 F. We should warm up a few degrees but Iā€™m glad the koi are warm inside the garage. They are eating well and do not seem too stressed about their cramped winter quarters. The koi also do not mind being hand fed with the Manda Fu. I’m sure…

Learning to love the kohaku

All my koi keeping friends love the kohaku. I must be a slow starter since I really avoided buying or liking kohakus until the last year or so. Truthfully, it’s very difficult to learn all the nuances of kohaku appreciation. There’s so much to learn about this variety and it’s difficult to find all the…

Shiro Utsuri Koi, Manda Fu and Oyagoi

The shiro utsuri koi is a variety that takes several years to develop. Unless you buy large, it’s an exercise in patience like the showa variety. Some will pan out and some won’t. I have only five Omosako shiro utsuris in my collection. I feel three of the koi are good representations of the shiro…