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 two males, my ZNA NorCal Best in Size 2 goshiki with injured fins and three smaller tosai. I found the goshiki a few weeks ago on top of the netting of the pool. It had managed to jump through a hole in the netting and struggled enough to get the net to sag into the water. Alive but the left pectoral fin has really taken a hit. I am hoping that it will grow back this year.
The lower pond is holding all the koi since the upper pond is still under renovation. The pond builder was hoping to get the liner down this weekend but thunderstorms and people leaving for their cabin interfered with our plans. I spent a little time filming the koi underwater since it’s one of the best ways to check on the koi without netting and bowling them. The female koi who got a few scrapes on their sides from the male koi trying to spawn have almost completely healed. The kohaku with the two fungus spots looks perfect now. The pond water parameters are right on target. But nothing is ever perfect. I have algae flecks that keep breaking off into the water. I’m not sure if the PP killed the algae and it’s just flaking like a bad sunburn or maybe this is what it does. The koi seem to eat a lot of algae that is on the floor of this pool. Maybe the pond builder will brush some of it off tomorrow while it rains…
So here is the almost 12 minute video check of the koi and I added Tschaikovsky’s 1812 overture as the sound track (it was one of the few free music pieces almost as long as this video). It will seriously put most people to sleep by minute 3. I personally have watched it about four times though because I’m looking for anything on the koi that might need a little more attention. Everyone is looking pretty good so far.
I’m hoping to have more progress photos of the pond on the next post and maybe some photos of two new koi – budo goromos. I’ve already named them Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Both are from Marujyu koi farm. Sangiovese is about 9.5″ and Nebbiolo is about 18″. I am hoping that they will reflect their varietal names 😂 One should fly to MSP next week and the other at the end of the month. Here’s a video of tosai feeding at Marujyu farm, filmed in 2016. You can see there are many goromos in this group. I’m excited!