Indoors is better

It’s not really that cold in Minnesota yet but the outdoor pond water temperature is around 52 or 53 degrees. The koi in the lower pond looked cold to me. They would swim around half heartedly and barely nibble at any food thrown to them. Quite sad. Meanwhile, the koi from the upper pond came…

and just like that, summer is gone

Once again too busy to properly blog. You’ll just have to read photo captions. Two weekends ago, we donated koi to a local community college with a japanese garden. The garden is very nice and the pond is about nine feet deep. I worry a little bit if our koi will survive since they are…

Weekend in St. Louis – NMZNA Koi Show

Another posting with mostly photos. I have tried to fill in a little in the captions. So another weekend has flown by. Summer is pretty much over with daily highs in the mid 60s. It won’t be long until everyone is back in the garage!

Late Summer around the koi ponds

I’m playing catch up with the blog as usual. Much easier to just post some photos with captions. We were headed up to Michigan for wedding two weekends ago and it just happened to fall on the same weekend as the Michigan koi show. It was a lot of fun to see some of the…

Keeping Koi is busy work

Lots to catch up on – the koi show, landscaping around the pond and the dahlia garden. This past weekend we had the Upper Midwest Koi Club annual show in Minneapolis. I co-chaired the show with another club member, Ben Brown. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work on the koi show….

Rotary Drum Filter blues

The pond builder was finally seeing the home stretch of this summer’s project. The pond had been filled with water and it was time to get all the equipment up and running. Unfortunately he saw that the RDF was leaking somewhere. He called Mike Swanson of Koi Acres to talk about options. Having Taylor weld…

Another Cute Budo Goromo

If you like your wine big, bold and red, chances are you want something made from the Nebbiolo grape. Earlier this week my newest koi, a budo goromo named Nebbiolo flew in from San Jose. Budo translates into grape. I’m hoping Nebbiolo will grow to be big and bold in the pond. This budo goromo…

Koi Pond Building is on a weather delay :-(

Weather in Minnesota this summer has been very unpredictable. Between the very loooong winter and ill-timed rain showers, we’ve lost a number of weekend days to work on the pond. I’m very hopeful though that the upper pond is on the home stretch. We have a few tasks left before the large koi can return:…

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….