Koi shopping

Every year, Koi Acres in Scandia, MN has an open house and one really fun activity is the koi and equipment auction. Great deals on all sorts of koi. Plus it’s just fun to bid on koi. We ended up bringing home six new koi. Most of them are tosai. While many people like to bid on the Kohakus, Sankes and Showas…we like to pick out unusual koi.

Kanno Goshiki (16.5"), Marudo Ochiba (6.7"), Marudo Mukashi Ogon (6.7"), Marudo Asagi (5.9"), Marusaka Midorigoi (5.5"), Omosako Shiro Utsuri (4.5")
Kanno Goshiki (16.5″), Marudo Ochiba (6.7″), Marudo Mukashi Ogon (6.7″), Marudo Asagi (5.9″), Marusaka Midorigoi (5.5″), Omosako Shiro Utsuri (4.5″)

These koi are joining the growout Sanke from last weekend and some other koi we had purchased: two asagi tosai and a kohaku tosai.

Two Marudo Sanke tosai
Two Marudo Sanke tosai

Two asagi and a kohaku tosai for the pond digger
Two asagi and a kohaku tosai for the pond digger

None of these koi have been named yet. Hopefully by the end of the weekend after I have looked at them for a while, the names will come to me. For now, they are swimming around in quarantine.


a sad little postscript…

I renamed all the koi last night after I wrote the post. This morning, when I went to check the koi in quarantine, one of the little asagis was missing. We found poor Dewey at the entrance of the sequence pump. Normally we would want to keep the koi in quarantine longer but decided to pull all the tiny tosai out and place them in their ponds.

named for the Disney chipmunks
named for the Disney chipmunks
the trio that came with the Chip and Dale --- and unfortunately Dewey is now dead :-(
the trio that came with the Chip and Dale — and unfortunately Dewey is now dead 😦
Louie, Robin Hood and Belle Star have been placed in the ponds. We'd rather have them take their chances outside than another indoor bottom drain fatality.  Lesson learned, quarantine small koi in a smaller system.
Louie, Robin Hood and Belle Star have been placed in the ponds. We’d rather have them take their chances outside than another indoor bottom drain fatality. Lesson learned, quarantine small koi in a smaller system.