Budo Goromo #1 is here

A little over a month ago I was noticing the advertisements for Koi Fest 2018 at Mystic Koi, Upland, California. It always looks like a lot of fun with free lunch, music, koi breeders from Japan and of course lots of great koi to buy. (Even better is that there are deals to be had!!!)…

What’s new in koi world? Not much…

Boring can be a good thing. Exciting can be translated as problems. The koi are all in the summer growth eating mode and going through a lot of food. They always seem hungry. Most of my koi are in the lower pond. Anyone who is at least 10″ is outside. The indoor pool has the…

“keep an eye on me in case I pass out”

This is one of the amusing texts that I get from the pond builder. The last four weekends he has moved a lot of sand out of the upper pond, poured a lot of concrete, put in three new bottom drains, reshaped the pond walls to give us at least another 1000 gallons or more….

PP-ing the lower pond

PP – potassium permanganate — Everyone seems to be at ease working with this stuff, but I think it’s kind of scary. Here’s our little adventure… It makes more sense to PP the entire pond since I don’t want to be catching and dipping koi over the next few days. Our consultant asks “Do you…

It’s finally hot in Minnesota

Busy three day weekend. It was fun to see all the koi kichi photos from the Louisville Koi Show and while it would have been nice to be there – I got a lot of gardening done. Almost all of the dahlias have sprouted and some plants in the yard seem to grow two inches…

Spring 2018 has finally arrived

Twenty days ago we had a lot of snow on the ground and the pond builder was lamenting the thick layer of ice on the upper pond. Since then, the temperatures have gone up and spring has arrived in Minnesota. Along with the warmer temperatures, my pair of showas came in from GenkiKoi this week….

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…