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Hump Day Koi Story | Could My Koi Be Lonesome? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Hump Day Koi Story | Could My Koi Be Lonesome? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I was thinking about a lady who came in a few weeks ago to look at some Koi. She has been here several times over the years and has became a regular customer during the season. She told us that over the winter she was visited by a Blue Heron… And you guessed it, it ate all her Koi – all but One! Her lone Koi has started to eat again now, but not like he used to… She described him as lethargic & almost disinterested in eating or swimming around and exploring. She said she was thinking about getting him some friends because she thinks he is lonely 😞 Then she asked me, “Can Koi get lonesome”?

Koi are definitely social creatures in my opinion. They seem to get along well and I’m almost certain they benefit from the company of other fish | Hump Day Koi Story | Could My Koi Be Lonesome? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson,

I really enjoyed talking with her about this as we picked out 5 additional Koi to introduce to her Water Garden.

The rest of the story! – We spoke a few days later when she stopped by to grab a couple of bags of Koi Food. Her report was Awesome! The new fish acclimated well and started eating immediately! Her original Koi had warmed right up to the new guys and started eating like he was hungry again! To me that’s proof enough that Koi benefit from  companionship. So do we 😊 Now she too, has several more new friends ❤️ Koi = Love!

Happy Pondering 🤔


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen …

What a beautiful morning! The tide is going out leaving these shallow tidal pools, warm & full of life… small crabs, minnows & lots of sea shells are left behind. Not to mention the Herons…

This Heron makes a living stealing bait 😊


The sound and sight of the Gulf is my offering for today’s Moment of Zen.

Happy Pondering 🤔


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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How to deal with Predators in Koi Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
January 18, 2018, 12:23 pm
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Have you ever looked out the window and seen a Blue Heron in your Water Garden? OH NO, my Koi! Or have you ever seen a dog, cat or raccoon harassing you Koi? You go out there and run them off… But, what happens when your gone and trouble comes knocking? What can I do to Protect my fishy friends?

A Blue Heron is major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’.

The good news is most pond hobbyists will never have to deal with predators! BUT, IF you are attacked by a “Pond Predator”, there are things you can do to help!

#1 is a Fish Cave! This usually starts with the initial install of the Pond, building a ledge or cave within the stone work of the pond walls. If you already have a pond and want a fish cave – No Problem! A fish cave is an easy addition during your yearly cleanout.

If you want to do something right NOW, you can come by Carters Nursery & grab a ‘Koi Castle’ and install in about 1 minute 🙂

A koi castle is an easy to install protector for you pond fish. It will provide them cover from Pond Predators!

Another inexpensive way to protect your Koi is to use a motion-activated water sprayer system like a Scarecrow. A ‘Scarecrow’  will hit those heron with a timely jet spray of water. They are VERY effective! But can only be used when the temp’s are above freezing.

A scarecrow really works to run off Pond Predators like Heron, raccoons, unwanted pets, etc. We sell these at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN. Call for info at 731-424-2206


You can also use a Heron or Alligator Decoy. I have sold hundreds of these and most say they work well.  They also look very attractive by the pond!

Alligator decoys look cool and can help keep Pond Predators at bay.
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Heron Decoys can really help to detour Pond Predators! They also look cool 🙂 We sell these at Carters Nursery in Jackson, TN

If your having problems with Pond Predators, I hope this article will help you! It’s an awful feeling to loose a Koi like this. The good thing is, with a little pre-planning and preparation you can almost assure that you and your fish will survive an encounter with a ‘Pond Predator’.

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206