This year Tony and I decided to join the Upper Midwest Koi Club since we thought it would be fun to meet other people who are interested in keeping koi and building koi ponds. We went to the first meeting of the year yesterday. It’s a very nice group of people who keep koi for different reasons. There’s a lot of interesting discussions about koi, pond building, water maintenance, koi forums and the willingness to help out anyone who may have a question. The club needed a secretary so Tony volunteered me and I accepted. I hope to do good work for them over the next two years – check out http://www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org on the web and find them on Facebook.
Meanwhile, the temperatures are finally going up to the 40s and we should see some melting in Minnesota. The pond ice is retreating and I did a koi count again. The larger koi continue to hang by the heater and some of the little koi and goldfish are in the rocks near the bottom of the pond.
I am a little worried about what I may find under the retreating ice shelf covering the shallow area of the pond. Cha Cha, a gin rin chagoi has been missing all winter. I’m hoping that the sparkly koi has just been hiding under the stone shelf all winter. In a few days all of the ice on our pond should be gone and we will be pleasantly or sadly surprised.