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…

2018 ZNA NorCal and Winter Storm Xanto

Checked off another koi show in the United States. I love to visit other koi shows to see the beautiful koi, meet crazy koi people, find new koi things to buy and just hear a lot of good information about keeping koi. ZNA NorCal has always interested me because the koi are pretty big and…

Hand Feeding Koi

Koi are not really pets but each koi seems to have a little personality that we make up for them. They can’t go on walks and they’re pretty quiet. Not too many tricks they can do but they are focused when it comes to eating. My koi seem to know to race to the corner…

Checking on the Koi

Since I last posted, I have traveled to Virginia, watched the Vikings miss out on the Super Bowl, heard a lot of celebs were in the area for Super Bowl (I did not see any), had a few inches of snow, a few days of a spring temperature tease, had a few days of really…

four months until springtime in Minnesota

A little taste of springtime this weekend – temperatures in the 40s! It’s hard to think that my koi still have four more months of indoor koi land. We are hoping for an early spring since the pond builder is itching to fiddle with the outdoor ponds. He can do some work now like rebuilding…

Koi Doctor

It’s -3 degrees going up to a high of 5 degrees today in Little Siberia. I’m planning to spend some time with my new koi books but I have one koi who appears to have a bacteria infection. So I’m going to play koi doctor – which is kind of fun when the stakes are…

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…

Showa koi and an indoor bakki shower

In 2013 I described koi as red and white, red/black/white, black/white, yellow, copper, tea colored or sparkly. No real clue about varieties, what to buy, where to buy – just interested in some pretty colors swimming around the water feature. Have things changed in the last four years! I have been on a crash course…

Azukari – a new adventure for mnkoilady

Keeping koi is a lot of fun and I love having these beautiful, graceful animals swimming around in the ponds that my husband builds for me. As we learned more about the hobby, we heard a lot about azukari koi in Japan. A few years ago I privately thought – “these guys are nuts…who wants…

Keeping koi is like a crap shoot

Definition of crap shoot – something (such as a business venture) that has an unpredictable outcome Substitute “raising koi” in lieu of “business venture” and I think the definition fits. Buying koi because you want a show winner is truly a crap shoot. So many things can happen to the koi as it ages. It’s…