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 probably fly out here in two weeks.

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Fun in a box gets picked up Minneapolis St. Paul Airport Delta Cargo
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Seven tosai arrived in good shape from Kevin Pham / Genki Nishikigoi. Three of the tosai were purchased in Japan Fall 2017 and four were purchased during the recent Breeders Event hosted by Genki Koi.
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All new koi are maintained in a quarantine tank (purchased through Southwest Goldfish and Koi – very handy temporary tank)

The new koi:

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Breeder event – Taniguchi Kohaku
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Breeder event – Omosako Goshiki Tosai
Breeder event – Taniguchi Sanke
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Breeder Event – Taniguchi Kohaku
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Fall purchase – Watanabe kohaku
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Fall purchase – Sakai kohaku
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Fall purchase – Taniguchi goshiki. Best in Size 2, 2018 ZNA NorCal Show

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Now the pond builder has been so antsy about getting the outdoor ponds running so we can move the koi back out. Storm Xantos dumped about 15 inches over the weekend and he announced that our pond was most likely not opening until May 15th at the earliest. This is still true but sunshine today and slightly warmer temperatures always gets him outdoors doing something to hasten his ability to work on equipment.

We threw a submersible pump into the pond and recirculated water on to the ice sheet to help break it up. The sledge hammer came in pretty handy as well. I’m predicting that someone will need some Aleve tonight.

Sunday – after storm Xantos drops 15 inches in the Twin Cities region
Tuesday – we decide to try a submersible pump
Thursday morning – we’ve been making some progress. Chunks have been sledgehammered down and we have shoveled the snow away from the pond edges.
pond builder and his trusty sledge hammer
Thursday, after picking up the koi, he’s back in the pond throwing out chunks of ice.
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the ice covering of the pond is down…
The lower pond on Thursday morning…
The lower pond on Thursday afternoon – ready for some work a little pressure washing and then to hook up all the filtration back up!

So glad that spring finally feels like it’s here!

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