Welcome to the September issue of PondStuff! We've got some great
new articles for you this issue, including: tips on entering your
Koi in the show, keeping your pond clean, choosing the water
features to suit your needs and how storms affect your pond.
We're also announcing the winner of the 2005 Funniest Pond Story.
Keep reading - you don't want to miss this funny tale. Happy
|Keeping The Koi Pond Clean|
| The importance of keeping the pond clean, especially
with koi, is something that cannot be stressed too much. The
water should be "gin" clear. There should be no suspended
particulate matter and the fish ought to look as if they are
floating in air.
The fish have to breathe and drink the water. To the extent
the water is not clean, the fish will suffer. They literally
have to live in their own toilet bowl.
In nature, the ecology takes care of this for them. But our
ponds are not natural, no matter how nicely we landscape and
build around them. They are large in- ground fish tanks. They
need a lot of filtration. Koi in particular, need excessive
filtration. And much like a toilet bowl, the largest dirt
settles to the bottom, so a bottom drain is imperative.
|Koi Or Plants?|
| When planning a water feature, many of us will imagine
water lilies, lotus, cattails, and things like that. Then we
think of putting koi in there. You couldn't make more of a
mistake if you added milk and cereal to the pond.
The different requirements are not even subtle. The plants
require full sun, the koi need shade, at least part shade. The
plants need calm water; the fish will do well in calm or fast
moving water, the more filtration the better. The plants like
to be left alone. The fish won't ever leave them alone.
What do you really want as a water feature?
|How Do Storms Affect Your Pond?|
| With hurricane season upon us, take time to see how
secure your pond is before storms strike.
In general, the fish are not directly affected by rain,
clouds, or sunny weather. They will be the recipients of
whatever pollution the weather washes out of the air, like
dust, pollen, and leaves.
However, storms have a bigger effect on the pond's ecology.
|Funniest Pond Stories|
| The red carpet has been rolled out, we've all dressed
in our finest Award Ceremony wear and we eagerly await the
arrival of the accountant from PricewaterhouseCoopers with the
The nominees for the Funniest Pond Story 2005 are:
"Dreaming of Living Life Like A Koi" by Andrea Duggan of
Center Moriches, NY and starring her beloved husband, Joe.
"The Robin Williams of Dogs" by Bruce Gaynor. Esq. of
Clevland, OH. Starring the lovable Simon as himself. "The Case
of the Unwanted Pond Guest" by Susan Bryan of Langley, BC.
Special cameo appearance by The Rat. "The Wet T-Shirt" written
and produced by Barb Luick. 2.
I see that the accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers have
arrived. Gentlemen, the envelope please.
And the winner is....
the winning article.... »
|Entering Your Koi In The Show|
|It may not be everybody's dream to enter their pet koi
in a show, but it is one of the hobby's finer moments and the
single most important event in improving the quality of the
fish. At a show we all see the best of the best, the fish that
dreams are made of, and get to meet the men and women who
brought these specimens for all to see.
They are competing for trophies and ribbons. Their koi's
pictures will be in the magazines. Their koi will be famous!
There will be pats on the backs and pictures taken. The trophy
will be put on the mantel. And afterward, friends will come to
their pond and ask to see the fish that won the grand champion
prize. . . Yes, it is a wonderful feeling.