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…

Goshiki Growout

This summer I’m running a little goshiki growout program with four Omosako Goshiki tosai I purchased at the recent Koi Acres auction. All four tosai are about the same size, same breeder – so I asked two of my koi keeping friends if they would want to run a little experiment with me. I wanted…

Mud Pond Harvests – not too sexy but a lot of fun

Koi breeders believe that koi summering in the mud pond is a good thing. If you can imagine that you go to the spa for a few hours of a beautifying mud treatment – these koi go in for a few months. The end result is some impressive growth and their skin looks good too….

A Lucky Koi Keeper

I’m pretty lucky to be married to someone who works so hard to build exactly what I want. Today the pond digger and I worked on the waterfall. The landscape designer suggested we put a little curve in it. The pond digger saw a photo on Facebook of the waterfalls at the Mirage in Las…

Meet Miyu

Today our newest koi flew in on a non-stop Delta airlines flight from San Jose to Minneapolis. This was definitely a better option than the disastrous FedEx experience we had the other week. Miyu is an Omosako shiro utsuri with a different kind of pattern – kage sumi. She is 3 years, 60 cm (about…