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Throwback Thursday | Hey, I Remember You | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Yesterday I blogged about Waterfall Wednesday. I showcased a Water Garden we built over 25 years ago. Well, that Segway’s me into today’s Throwback memory. Water Gardens are pretty special! They touch all your senses at once… They also touch your heart ❤️ You literally fall in love with your Pond Fish! Especially the Koi.

I literally hand delivered these fish to this new Pond around 27 years ago 😳 They have grown and matured and literally become beloved, named pets!

I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or just an impeccable memory, but I literally remember these fish! It’s funny how you remember things sometimes… But this one makes me smile 😊

Have a great #throwbackthursday evening!


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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Feed Your Koi Now To Pack On Some Pounds For Winter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

These warm Summer nights are so nice! It’s a great time to get outside for more than one reason. First to enjoy the cooler part of your day and, to start “fattening up your Koi” for the coming cool season.

Evenings are a great time to feed your Koi. This time of the season is when I really start feeding heavily, they need to put on some fat to get them through the coming cool season.

I’m feeding Koi Food, Koi Snacks and fruit 🍉 as a treat. And they are gobbling it all up 😋

So, my Pond Tip for this week is – Get out there and enjoy your Ponds and feed your Fish like your fattening them for market.

I stock high quality, fresh Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Have a great evening!

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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Fishy Friday’s | Koi | Shubunkins| Comets | Butterfly Koi | Pond Fish | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I just LOVE fish! Koi and Butterfly Koi are probably my favorite… But, I love a big beautiful fantail Comet! And, Shubunkins are so much fun and are also beautiful fish… What is one to do? I know, get a few of them all and enjoy 😊

I love my Koi!

You can buy fish at Carters Nursery 5 days a week during normal business hours. But, on Friday, we do a little something special. We call it ‘Fishy Friday’ and all the fish you buy are 20% off! 💥

Fishy Friday’s | Koi | Shubunkins| Comets | Butterfly Koi | Pond Fish | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Shubunkins are beautiful, hardy Pond Fish!
Everyone LOVES the KING of all Pond Fish – The KOI!
The gorgeous flowing fins of the Butterfly Koi make it a perennial favorite of the Backyard Pond!
Don’t forget – Fishy Friday’s | Koi | Shubunkins| Comets | Butterfly Koi | Pond Fish | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN | Every Friday in the month of June is a Fishy Friday! Save 20% on your Pond Fish purchase!

Have a great weekend!

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

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6 Things Koi Keepers Always Do In Their Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

6 Things Koi Keepers Always Do In Their Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


1- Koi Keepers always keep a Debris Net handy! Murphy’s Law applies to your Pond! IF it can get in your Pond, it eventually will… So having a sturdy Debris Net handy, is a must!

A sturdy Pond Net with an extendible handle is an invaluable tool! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

2- Koi Keepers always add Beneficial Bacteria to their Ponds. It does a great job of helping you keep the water clean and healthy with minimal effort.

Adding Beneficial Bacteria to your pond on a regular basis is a smart move! Crystal Clear Water will be your reward.

3- Koi Keepers always keep an eye on Aquatic Plant growth. They have learned that spending just a few minutes a week touching up their plants, makes them perform beautifully throughout the season!

4- Koi Keepers feed their “Finned Friends” top quality Koi Food! They make sure that their Koi Food is high quality and doesn’t have corn 🌽 in the top 3 ingredients. 

Feeding your Koi quality food is a must! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

5- Koi Keepers keep their Ponds clean! Spring and Fall Pond Maintenance is a MUST! They always start the Spring season with a comprehensive Pond Cleaning. Then they follow up with partial water changes as needed and Fall Pond Netting.

6- Koi Keepers spend quality time out by their Ponds with friends, family and of course, their Koi! They have learned that the Greatest Thing About Having A Pond, is spending time around it. They have learned that ‘A Pond will change your life!’

Making memories ❤️

Thanks! Have a wonderful day 😊

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

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Halloween Hump Day Koi Fix – The Ghost Koi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What a perfect day to discuss the scariest of all Koi – The Ghost Koi!

The Ghost koi has gained some popularity in the last few years, but many “Koi people” still do not recognize them as a true koi! – they are refereed to as Ghost carp instead.

The “Ghost Koi” is a product of breeding a mirror carp with a metallic Ogon Koi. For this reason many Koi purists don’t consider them a true “Koi”…

They are very hardy fish and much less susceptible to diseases. They also grow extremely fast! Both of these traits make them a great first Koi!

Ghost Koi don’t have a lot of markings like other Koi so their beauty comes from their shining metallic scales! Their colors can vary from dark to cream to silver and even golden. The head is generally creamy and the body colors will widely vary depending on the parents color.

I guess what I’m saying is, even though they have a scary name, & the fact that it is Halloween – Don’t be wary of the Ghost Koi! They are really pretty cool 🙂

Enjoy your Koi! AND – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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 “Koi Fix” of the Week – The Lemon Hariwake’ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The Hariwake is a beautiful Koi that displays a solid metalic white base with bright patterns of color – red, orange or yellow. Their patterns of color are similar to the Kohaku but NOT to be confused! The white base is bright and vibrant and the color patterns are eye catching with a tone and hue that flow across the entire body of the fish. When they have a bright yellow pattern, scaled or doitsu, they are referred to as a ‘Lemon Hariwake’.

This is a Doitsu (scaleless) Lemon Hariwake.

Look for one with a nice pattern of yellow with a bright white base color. Also look for clean defined edges/lines where the colors meet. And of course, body conformation is #1.

Variations include Doitsu (scaleless), Gin Rin, Butterfly and more. Examples include the fact that many Hariwake with orange or red Kohaku type patterns are refereed to as Kikusui Koi…

The Hariwake was developed from selectively breeding Kohaku and Platinum Ogon. Now, the Hariwake is a breed unto itself.

I hope this little tidbit satisfies your “Koi Fix” on this beautiful Hump Day! 😊

And  as Always – “Enjoy your KOI”!

 

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


Hump Day “Koi Fix” – The Soragoi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

One of the friendliest Koi in your Pond will be the Soragoi. The Soragoi are a grey or silver color combined with a subtle net pattern.

Soragoi are very docile & friendly and will be among the first koi in your pond to learn to eat from your hand.

Soragoi are very similar to Chagoi in their look and mannerisms. The two are bred together to create the Ochiba Shigure, a two colored Koi.

The Ochiba Shigure is the offspring of breeding a Chagoi and Soragoi Koi.

Soragoi means – Sky Carp.

Variations of Soragoi include the Gin Rin Soragoi and the Doitsu Soragoi.

The Soragoi may not be the most colorful or flashy fish in your Pond, but it’s probably the first one to greet you and is always great with other Koi. They can get rather large too 😊

Thanks for reading!

Remember- Enjoy Your Koi!

 

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



Kikokuryu – Your Hump Day “Koi Fix” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The Kikokuryu Koi is a scaleless koi (doitsu), with a white base color with black markings along the single row of scales down it’s back. The black markings are also on the head, prominently around the eyes and nose of the Koi.

The Kikokuryu is a metallic black and white Koi developed from crossing Kumonryu and Doitsu platinum Ogon.

Commonly called ‘Kiko’s’, the colors of a young Kikokuryu can range from black and white with blue and silver mixed in too. But the colors tend to darken with age and even in the cooler water in Fall & Winter. This changing, maturing color is a trait they got from their Kumonryu cousins.

A very interesting, beautiful Koi, the Kikokuryu is a favorite of mine as well as many others in the hobby.

Thanks to all! 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



Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix – The Showa Sanshoku | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Well I am still talking about the ‘Gosanke’ – The Big 3. In the Koi world these 3 are the most popular – Kohaku, Sanke & Showa. We have covered the first 2 (Kohaku & Sanke) today lets talk about the Showa Sanshoku, aka: Showa!

Showa Koi have white & red/orange patterns over a black base. Sometimes confused with Sanke, Showa are an incredibly beautiful& popular Koi.

The Showa is bred by crossing a Kohaku with a Shiro Utsuri. They were first produced in 1927 & were named for the Emperor of Japan at the time. The Showa is a three (3) colored Koi – Black base with red and white markings. The markings on the Showa are more striped or banded (more like the Utsuri) as opposed to the Sanke which are spots or patches, more like a classic Kohaku. Showa also have sumi markings on their heads where a Sanke does not. The colors should be well balanced about the body with clean edges between colors.

Variations of Showa include Tancho Showa, Maruten Showa, Gin Rin Showa, Doitsu Showa and Kin Showa.

Have a GREAT Day! And Remember, always – “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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Last week I talked about the Kohaku because I had customers looking for some and we got to talking and looking until we found one he liked. As you know the Kohaku is one of the “Big Three” of the Koi world – The Gosanke – Kohaku, Sanke & Showa.

I have covered them before and broke each down in that article, but I think that each one of the Big 3 needs their own Blog! So today We’re talking about the 2nd. of the Big 3 – The Sanke!

In the early 1900’s, a new variety of Koi was developed by the addition of sumi (black) markings to the basic Kohaku patterns of red and white. This new variety was named Taisho Sanke and is usually referred to as simply ‘Sanke’.

Originally known as Taisho Sanke or Taisho Sanshoku they are commonly called Sanke by most in the hobby. Sanke Koi are one of the most popular and rightly so. They are beautiful, graceful fish & have been in the forefront since their introduction. The word ‘Sanke’ means ‘Tri Color’ in Japanese, signifying their three colors – White (Shiro) the base color, Red (Hi) the main overlaid pattern & Black (Sumi) the 3rd. accent color pattern. They say a show quality Sanke starts with an outstanding Kohaku pattern with beautiful black (sumi) accents that compliment the Koi. Some variations of Sanke include – Doitsu Sanke, Maruten Sanke, Tancho Sanke and Gin Rin Sanke.

Remember- 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