AKJA Seminar - Quality Koi
A Quick, Easy and Cheap Pond Cover
Announcing the Guide - K.O.I
Judging Jumbo Koi
A Pond Disaster - Murphy's Law
Singapore - A Visit With David Soon
What We Do For Our Pond Up North
Ray Abel - Shared Memories
It’s not easy being, “Koi Kichi,” especially here up north. My friends outside the koi world wonder, “has he lost it?” My friends in the koi world understand clearly. We go to great extremes for our Koi friends. All summer we make sure the filters are clean, the water is changed and all water parameters are good. We feed the best foods and keep the predators away.
It was my pleasure recently to travel to Singapore on business. Singapore is about as far away from Florida as you can get, if you go further you’re coming back. There is 12 hours difference in time zone, and it took around 30 hours to get there.
Ray Abel was my first teacher in koi. We met him when he came to our show in 1997, and from that time forward, he became our source for koi and for koi knowledge. A platinum ogon we bought from him that year still swims in our pond. We began our annual pilgrimage to Rays’ back when he only had the one mud pond.
Recently Mr. “Murphy” paid my Koi pond a visit, and it wasn’t pretty! I have a large waterfall at one end, actually this large waterfall is actually two waterfalls in one (see photo). As you can see, I have a bunch of rocks which give the feature a more natural look of a small stream, with its small waterfall, spilling on to the larger water feature and then into the pond.
This new guide to managing koi health is produced by Koi Organisation International (K.O.I.) and edited by Spike Cover. The guide is available through membership in K.O.I. Check out their store and sign up for membership at www.koiorganisationinternational.org.
The American Koi Judges Association (AKJA) held their 2012 Judging Seminar at Nisei Koi Farm, in Carneys Point, New Jersey, over the weekend of Oct. 19 – 21. Joe Zuritsky and Mat McCann played the most gracious hosts to our group. The brand new fish house served as “headquarters” for most of the weekend events, including two days of judging exercises...
It’s a simple fact of life that if you live in the Northern climates, and don’t have the luxury of an indoor koi pond, you will sooner or later be faced with the task of covering your pond for the winter months. We designed one that has several advantages, not the least of which is that it is cheap and easy to assemble.
Jumbo Award decision comes down to the only two eligible koi left in size 8 that have not already received a higher award. A larger Gin Rin Ochiba with weak gin rin but nice conformation and a slightly smaller nicely shaped size 8 Kohaku with dull skin, tannish white, and normal head creases seen in older koi. Which wins and explain why?