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What Happens To My Koi If They Outlive Me? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great client that has become a good friend recently asked me to help him pick out a few Koi for his new Water Garden. I helped him Design his Pond and Waterfalls last year and we built it in the Fall. Long story short – He LOVES it! He’s spent every spare, dry, bearable moment messing around out there this Winter and can’t wait until Spring when he can really set up housekeeping for the Spring/Summer/Fall season! 🙂 Now. it’s time to get some fish for his new Pond and he’s excited! We looked at quite a few Koi, & We asked each other all kinds of questions as you might imagine, the one he asked me that really touched me was “What happens to my Koi if they outlive me”?…

A domestic Koi, in average conditions can live upwards of 30 years…

He read one of my blogs, in where I mentioned the “Famous Japanese Koi”, ‘Hanako’ that lived to be over 225 years old! He realized they can be long living pets and just wanted to hear what might happen to them. 😊 Pretty neat to think about that. In Japan Koi are prized and in some cases passed down, even willed to family upon the owners death. It’s an honor.

I have been in business long enough that I have actually dealt with  this situation more than once. Most of the time the Koi stay with the Pond & the spouse and/or family carries on. But I have seen people move the fish to other Ponds, and even sell or give the fish to other people with Ponds of their own. I myself have taken many Koi in and fostered them until they could be placed in a new home.

Then I reminded him, Koi means Love! And Love will always find a way! 😊 I told told him – “Enjoy your Pond, & enjoy your Koi! They will bring you many years of Interest & enjoyment”. Words to live by…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Hump Day Koi Fix – Cool Koi Facts | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!

 

I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Your “Hump Day Koi Fix” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

There aren’t many things as relaxing to me as watching my Koi swim 😊 Believe me, it will completely mellow you out… I need my “Koi Fix” daily, it makes life so much nicer. Check out this short video and you’ll see what I mean.

Enjoy your Koi!

Happy Pondering 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Hump Day Koi Fix – Spotlight on an Old Breed! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today I want to talk about one of the oldest breeds of Koi – the Asagi

Asagi is one of the oldest breeds of Koi and is said to be the forerunner of all modern Koi breeds.

Asagi are a scaled, non-metallic Koi that aren’t as flashy as the modern tri-colored varieties of Koi,  but are still a very elegant fish of importance in the Koi world. Their history goes back over 160 years and you almost always see an Asagi Koi in a Koi Pond wherever you go. They are gentle and friendly and can get rather large (30+” in length). Their Blue net like pattern is complimented by orange or red on the belly, fins, Gill plates & body. Show quality Asagi have a red pattern that doesn’t extend above the lateral line.

If you have a Koi Pond, there’s a good chance you have an Asagi in your collection of fish 😊

Enjoy your day! Enjoy your Koi! And…

Happy Pondering! 😊

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

My mornings start with my fish and water garden. This is truly my place of relaxation and “Zen”. I hope these little Monday clips give you a little entertainment and a feeling of what I’m talking about when I say “Zen”. Have a GREAT Monday! 



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I feed my Koi every morning & every evening/night too. I literally LOVE feeding my fish 😊 It is truly a “Zen Like” feeling to sit out by the Pond & watch them glide through the water and eat. Add in the sound of all the frogs at night & all the Waterfalls – it’s just serene. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Heres a little Monday Morning Zen to get the week started 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today lets talk about a ‘Super Star’ of the Koi world…

The Tancho Kohaku

Tancho is a very popular – ‘Super Star’ variation of a Kohaku, Arguably the most popular Koi of the ‘Big 3’. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The red (Hi) “Dot” pattern  that you see is the only marking on a Tancho Kohaku. The exact placement and symmetry of this Tancho mark determines the show quality of the individual fish. The Tancho is a very symbolic marking as it represents the white background with the red sun  in the Japanese flag. It also resembles the marking on the Japanese Red Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis).

The red-crowned crane, also called the Japanese crane or Manchurian crane, is a large East Asian crane and is among the rarest cranes in the world. It is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity.

There are other varieties of the Tancho Koi other than the Tancho Kohaku. They include the Tancho Showa, the Tancho Sumi and the Tancho Sanke.

These are rare Koi & VERY expensive! WHY you ask? This variety can’t be bred reliably… But, they are normally the offspring of two Tancho or Kohaku adults. The chances of getting a good Tancho out of a hatch is slim.  The standards are very high to be classified the perfect Tancho. That’s why I called them ‘Super Stars’ of the Koi world! 🙂

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



How long will my Koi live? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : How long will my Koi live?

This is an interesting question for sure! There is so much talk about ancient Koi out there… Koi have been reported to live to ages from 100 to 200 years old… In fact, a famous Japanese Koi named ‘Hanako’ was owned by a man named Dr. Komei Koshihara. In 1974 they performed a growth ring study on one of Hanako’s scales and found that he was 225 years old! WOW! 

here are some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden.

So does that mean my Koi will live to be 200 years old? I suppose it’s possible, but the age & health of your Koi depends on several factors! #1 would be the size of their environment (the bigger the better)  #2 great water quality and #3 – good nutrition & care. Many, many Koi have been know to live to over 100 years old in a well kept Pond environment. In Japan & China it is common for families to actually put their Koi in their wills, leaving them to family members. Pretty cool!

Proper nutrition is huge! We look forward to feeding our Koi everyday. Once the fish get used to you & your contact they will come right to you and eat from your hand.

Just like our other pets, Koi need a good place to live (Well filtered Pond with adequate space/area), good food (nutrition plays a BIG part in our health as well as our animals), and our companionship (they don’t call it animal husbandry for nothing ;). If you stay on top of these things and offer protection from predators that might try to harm them, Koi will live for many years and bring us LOTS of joy 🙂

 

Happy Pondering!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Can my Koi outgrow my Pond? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
February 26, 2018, 4:13 pm
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I had a gentleman ask me this question the other day –

Question: Can my Koi outgrow my Pond?

Answer : Maybe… It depends 🙂

I have been involved in the Koi hobby for over 25 years. I have some pretty good sized Koi in my Ponds too. None that I would say were ‘Too big’. But, that’s not the answer to this question 🙂

Knowing how big a Koi can get is a good start to answering this question! 

WOW! This Koi is HUGE! Koi can grow up to 36″ in length and weigh over 20+ pounds…

  • A Koi can get up to 36″ in length and weigh over 20 lbs.!
  • For a Koi to get this size it would have to have GREAT genetics! And a great environment – water quality, proper food, etc…
  • Even with poor water quality & steady feeding they can grow to 18″-22″ within a few years.
  • The secret to success is Balance & Scale!

– IF you have a small, shallow Water Garden, it might not be suited for Koi… Some colorful fancy Comets or Shubunkins may be the better choice. I recommend a minimum 2′ depth and a minimum 1,000 gallons of volume to keep Koi.

If you want to have a Koi or two in your smaller Water Garden you can, just know that you may have to trade them or give them to a new home that can handle their size in future years… Many times before they “Outgrow” the pond, the water quality suffers and the toxic environment causes the Koi to become stressed, sick and even die.

Always think about the future size of your fish! Koi can get rather large, up to 36″ for a mature Koi! If you want BIG Koi, you need to build a bigger Pond designed for them. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We want our Koi to grow and flourish! And we want to ensure that they WON’T outgrow their environment! That’s the secret – Proper design, proper stocking rates, great water quality & keep it balanced!

There are some other blogs I have made on here about the subject of  Water Gardens & Koi Ponds that may help you. Blogs on Design principals, filtration specs, quality foods, aquatic plant lists, etc. If you have any other questions feel free to give me a call, I will try to help.

Thanks & Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com