The end of summer around the koi ponds

We’ve actually been busy around the yard since the koi show in early August. Lots of gardening work (I updated the plant ID section of the blog) and having people over. Along the way we spent one and a half weekends repainting the house. I’ve also been watching some koi with health issues. Natsumi the…

Koi Show Winners

Well it’s been a busy ten days or so with the annual UMKC Koi Show. Not only did we have to have our koi ready for the show, we helped with set up/administration and we hosted the judges for a pre-show dinner. Having the judges come over was great for us because we learned a…

Summer around the koi pond

When you are done with the bulk of pond building tasks, it feels like you have your weekends back. Pond builder and I went out for bike rides, out to eat and just tooled around. I spent some time filming with my new GoPro5. It is the best GoPro so far (I’ve been using the…

Birthday fishes are always better than birthday stitches

Last year, the pond builder took me to beautiful Lake Louise for my birthday and I ended up with 26 stitches due to a horse riding accident. This year the pond builder gave me some beautiful koi – fishes are better than stitches. The beautiful koi from Mystic Koi, Upland, California flew in today via…

Visiting Koi & Pond Suppliers in SoCal

The pond builder and I were in Southern California this weekend for a family wedding. Since we had some extra time and my adult children had other plans, we scheduled a trip to see our friend, Shawn McHenry of Mystic Koi and Water Gardens, Upland, CA. We’ve seen Shawn a few times in Minnesota when…

The pond builder is too tired to watch fireworks

The pond builder is exhausted. This weekend he toiled under the hot sun around the lower pond. I can hear the local fireworks outside, but the pond builder is falling asleep. You might be wondering why we’re working outside all the time but it really is our hobby. We enjoy puttering around the yard and…

Goshiki Growout

This summer I’m running a little goshiki growout program with four Omosako Goshiki tosai I purchased at the recent Koi Acres auction. All four tosai are about the same size, same breeder – so I asked two of my koi keeping friends if they would want to run a little experiment with me. I wanted…

Sod is our friend

Just over a week ago, we had barely finished the lower pond area to be somewhat presentable to our guests. Lots of dirt areas covered with mulch, some areas just dirt and rocks, but in general it was okay. This weekend we tackled the landscaping and while it’s not finished, we’re quite pleased by the…

Today we shuffled a few koi around to ensure all of our koi are happy. Chuck Norris is a nisai kohaku in the upper pond with the big girls. Chuck always looks a little put out and we thought adding a few koi closer to his size would make him happy. I decided to shift…

Grey Poupon

Today we picked up a new koi at the airport from Kevin Pham / Genki Nishikigoi, San Jose, CA. It’s a new variety from Oyama koi farm called Kaede. Our new koi is white with a bright, golden yellow pattern. Actually the yellow is almost orange but not. The white is not the bright white…

How much should I feed my koi?

Feeding the koi is always a concern since you want big, fat koi and in Minnesota the growing time is somewhat limited due to temperature. Over the weekend we talked a lot about feeding and Michael Hernandez of Tomigai koi food recommended to us – 2% of the koi body weight. While we have warm…

Koi Roll call – June 12, 2017

“How many koi do you have?” Probably more than I should. The koi collection changes frequently for a number of reasons. First – a koi might get sick and die. Second – the koi has a flaw that makes it the first to go to make room for some other koi. Third – the koi…