Indoors is better

It’s not really that cold in Minnesota yet but the outdoor pond water temperature is around 52 or 53 degrees. The koi in the lower pond looked cold to me. They would swim around half heartedly and barely nibble at any food thrown to them. Quite sad. Meanwhile, the koi from the upper pond came…

Weekend in St. Louis – NMZNA Koi Show

Another posting with mostly photos. I have tried to fill in a little in the captions. So another weekend has flown by. Summer is pretty much over with daily highs in the mid 60s. It won’t be long until everyone is back in the garage!

Another Cute Budo Goromo

If you like your wine big, bold and red, chances are you want something made from the Nebbiolo grape. Earlier this week my newest koi, a budo goromo named Nebbiolo flew in from San Jose. Budo translates into grape. I’m hoping Nebbiolo will grow to be big and bold in the pond. This budo goromo…

Budo Goromo #1 is here

A little over a month ago I was noticing the advertisements for Koi Fest 2018 at Mystic Koi, Upland, California. It always looks like a lot of fun with free lunch, music, koi breeders from Japan and of course lots of great koi to buy. (Even better is that there are deals to be had!!!)…

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…

PP-ing the lower pond

PP – potassium permanganate — Everyone seems to be at ease working with this stuff, but I think it’s kind of scary. Here’s our little adventure… It makes more sense to PP the entire pond since I don’t want to be catching and dipping koi over the next few days. Our consultant asks “Do you…

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…