Winter pool at work

The pond digger did a lot of work at night this week and in between NFL football plays. He created a drip system for the winter pool, a giant rain bar, extra lights in the garage and some time this week a heavy plastic divider wall will go up to keep the aquarium smell contained. It’s a little sad to see the outdoor ponds being cleaned up for the winter but I do love seeing the koi up close. They are re-learning that swimming towards someone standing next to the pool might result in some food. Just like outdoors, the first one gobbling food down is T2. I don’t think all of the koi are getting something to eat but eventually they all will.

We're running a drip system this year. The water that gets dripped in is actually warm. If this works well enough we are hoping that we won't have to do water changes - wouldn't that be great!
We’re running a drip system this year. The water that gets dripped in is actually warm. If this works well enough we are hoping that we won’t have to do water changes – wouldn’t that be great!
pulls water from the pool and into the bead filter...The koi also like to play at the entrance of the skimmer. We had to put a little rack in front of it to keep them from sticking their heads into the skimmer.
pulls water from the pool and into the bead filter…The koi also like to play at the entrance of the skimmer. We had to put a little rack in front of it to keep them from sticking their heads into the skimmer.
Our filtration system is a bead filter which is pretty quiet.
Our filtration system is a bead filter which is pretty quiet.
The winter pool has some insulation pieces floating on it to keep the water a littler warmer, to give the koi something to swim under and it keeps the water evaporation down (and the smell).
The winter pool has some insulation pieces floating on it to keep the water a littler warmer, to give the koi something to swim under and it keeps the water evaporation down (and the smell).
swimming around as a pack...
swimming around as a pack…
I think the koi like looking out of the side window as much as I like looking into the pool :-)
I think the koi like looking out of the side window as much as I like looking into the pool πŸ™‚

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