Koi Show Winners

Well it’s been a busy ten days or so with the annual UMKC Koi Show. Not only did we have to have our koi ready for the show, we helped with set up/administration and we hosted the judges for a pre-show dinner. Having the judges come over was great for us because we learned a…

Summer around the koi pond

When you are done with the bulk of pond building tasks, it feels like you have your weekends back. Pond builder and I went out for bike rides, out to eat and just tooled around. I spent some time filming with my new GoPro5. It is the best GoPro so far (I’ve been using the…

The pond builder is too tired to watch fireworks

The pond builder is exhausted. This weekend he toiled under the hot sun around the lower pond. I can hear the local fireworks outside, but the pond builder is falling asleep. You might be wondering why we’re working outside all the time but it really is our hobby. We enjoy puttering around the yard and…

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…

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…

Making progress on pond work

Never did get around to part 2 of the busy weekend from my last post. We have been squeezing work in when we can with our schedules and the not-so-spring-like weather conditions. The big news is that much of the filtration equipment work is done and we have started filling the upper pond with water….

Part 1 of a very busy weekend

We were hoping to open up our pond this weekend but real life interferes and things don’t always get delivered on time. The pond builder has been working very hard on tidying up the upper pond and the filtration equipment. We have a new container (from Polytank) for our moving bed filter and some new…

Fun with schedule 40 pipe

Spring arrives for most of the world in two days but in Minnesota we’re lagging behind a few weeks. The saying is ‘never plant anything before Mother’s Day.’ Consequently there’s a pretty lengthy time that my pond builder has to think about stuff he wants to do outdoors once spring weather kicks in. On my…