2019 Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Society Show

The Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Society hosts their annual show every Memorial Day weekend. It’s always a well attended show with a lot of social media buzz. This year I was invited to be part of the all-women judging team. Our judging team included head judge Pam Spindola from Southern California, Luanne Porter from…

What’s new in koi world? Not much…

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…

Learning to love the kohaku

All my koi keeping friends love the kohaku. I must be a slow starter since I really avoided buying or liking kohakus until the last year or so. Truthfully, it’s very difficult to learn all the nuances of kohaku appreciation. There’s so much to learn about this variety and it’s difficult to find all the…

Shiro Utsuri Koi, Manda Fu and Oyagoi

The shiro utsuri koi is a variety that takes several years to develop. Unless you buy large, it’s an exercise in patience like the showa variety. Some will pan out and some won’t. I have only five Omosako shiro utsuris in my collection. I feel three of the koi are good representations of the shiro…

Goshiki Growout – I didn’t win…

…but I did learn a few things today. First the results of our competition. We took four Omosako goshiki purchased at the Koi Acres spring auction and fed them our “special” diets for a few months. The winner would be declared based upon change in length. We started off with four koi – I kept…

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…

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…

Visiting some ponds in Louisville (actually Indiana…)

This weekend we put some wood over the lower pond, threw down some insulation and covered it with a tarp. The pond digger is planning to make something a little more permanent to keep the new pour warm over the winter. More photos and videos in the section about pond building… Meanwhile, this week we’re…

California and Koi

I’ve been a little busy in June with a kitchen renovation project, travel and work. We’ve been working on the pond in between but I haven’t been posting. Last weekend we were in the San Francisco Bay Area for a high school reunion and took the opportunity to drive to San Jose to visit a…

Kujaku

Two of the new tosai are kujakus – one is scaleless, so “doitsu kujaku”. I like the name kujaku but feel it’s quite a stretch to say the kujaku pattern echoes the peacock feathers. Hmmm, maybe I need some more art appreciation classes: According to one of the gazillion koi websites, the kujaku was created…

it’s really feeling like winter is around the corner

We have been busy all week making sure the pond and garden were ready to host the Upper Midwest Koi Club meeting on Saturday.  The weather was a little chilly with a number of cold nights – including one with a forecast of snow showers. Saturday came looking pretty nice and the pond digger was…