Sod is our friend

Just over a week ago, we had barely finished the lower pond area to be somewhat presentable to our guests. Lots of dirt areas covered with mulch, some areas just dirt and rocks, but in general it was okay. This weekend we tackled the landscaping and while it’s not finished, we’re quite pleased by the…

Today we shuffled a few koi around to ensure all of our koi are happy. Chuck Norris is a nisai kohaku in the upper pond with the big girls. Chuck always looks a little put out and we thought adding a few koi closer to his size would make him happy. I decided to shift…

Grey Poupon

Today we picked up a new koi at the airport from Kevin Pham / Genki Nishikigoi, San Jose, CA. It’s a new variety from Oyama koi farm called Kaede. Our new koi is white with a bright, golden yellow pattern. Actually the yellow is almost orange but not. The white is not the bright white…

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…

Koi Roll call – June 12, 2017

“How many koi do you have?” Probably more than I should. The koi collection changes frequently for a number of reasons. First – a koi might get sick and die. Second – the koi has a flaw that makes it the first to go to make room for some other koi. Third – the koi…

Japan Visits Minnetonka

We have been doing a lot of work on the pond and yard to get ready for a special dinner. Last night I had the opportunity to host Takahiro Omosako of Omosako Koi Farm. At the end of 2015, I decided that it would be good to learn about a particular breed of koi a…

It’s like a second job (but fun)

The pond builder and I have put in about 40 man hours of work on the pond and yard this weekend – it’s a second job! I’m so pleased with all the work we finished. The lower pond is ready for some concentrated work now that the shade feature has been stained and moved forward….

The Upper Koi Pond is Open

I feel like we have been behind about three weeks from last year but the upper pond is finally open and some of our koi are swimming around. We intended to have only female koi in this pond but I may have a male or two in this bunch. I like the balance of colors…

Weather forecasts a busy weekend ahead

Great weather means we’re outside all weekend. We got a head start on our weekend by heading up to Koi Acres in Scandia, MN to pick up my new Dainichi Showa tosai. He/She (hopefully she) is named Costello. Showa koi like Abbot and Costello take about five years to develop. The Showa and Shiro Utsuri…

Spring morning in Minnesota

Winter seems really long in Minnesota. Spring seems to turn everything green overnight and the plants come back to life pretty quickly. We’re still in the middle of opening up our ponds. The upper pond filtration equipment is being redone and the koi might come out of the garage this week. The lower pond re-do…

New koi

The box of fun finally arrived today via Delta Dash. I have two koi sourced through Kevin Pham of Genki Nishikigoi – a Kohaku and a Showa. Their shipping was not without a few glitches. Originally they were to be shipped in April but the Delta melt down made me reconsider flying them out. We…