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Hump Day Koi Story – Do you get “Seasonal Koi Seperation Anxiety”? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question – Do you get “Seasonal Koi Seperation Anxiety”? I do… All Winter without feeding my babies is a test! I still get out to my pond daily mind you! But, no hand feeding, no aquatic plants, no turtles 🐢… It gets… Tough!

Seasonal Koi Seperation Anxiety is real! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Dreams of Late Winter/Early Spring keep me going… That’s when everything starts happening again. The plants are emerging, the water is warming & the Koi’s metabolism is waking up! Early season feeding starts Soon! In the mean time, a little hard work and cleaning are in order to prepare for the coming season! Will you be ready?

This is a true statement!😊 I love my Koi & I’m counting the days till it’s feeding time again!

Here’s to the coming season!

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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Last “Hump Day Koi Story” of 2018 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Christmas has come & gone and now we are about to put a bow on 2018… I’ve had a LOT of fun blogging about Koi this year! Wednesday’s have been all about Koi, and I plan to continue to raise Koi, sell Koi & to keep blogging about Koi in 2019! 😊 I Love ❤️Koi!

Some of my Koi swimming around my Wanvisa Waterlily display at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring follows Winter and before we know it, the water will warm and our Koi will be active & eating again. I for one am ready! Thank y’all for reading my little blog and for all your comments & feedback this year!

Here’s a little video of my Koi eating at night – I’m ready for Spring already 😊

Happy New Year! AND Happy Pondering!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Hump Day Koi Fix – It’s Getting COLD! Is It Time To Stop Feeding Your Koi? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It happens every year… The Fall color comes and goes in quick succession  and the long, cold nights force us to discontinue feeding our Finned friends for the season…

We have been feeding Cool Temp Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for a while now, but it’s time to put it up till Spring… | Jackson, TN

Check your thermometer to confirm your water temp., ours has been at 50 deg. F/- for over a week now… Time to stop feeding – for their health! Feeding after the temps drop below that 50 degree threshold is very dangerous for your Koi’s health. Their metabolism slows to a crawl & they just can’t digest fish food…

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. You can pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio if your in need. | Jackson, TN

It’s always sad when we have to end ‘Feeding Time’… But, it’s part of keeping your fish healthy. Enjoy the Holiday Season, because before we know it, Spring will be here again and ‘Feeding Time’ will be back on the daily agenda. 😊

Happy Pondering & Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

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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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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When Do I Stop Feeding My Koi in the Fall? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have had a long, HOT Summer and have enjoyed feeding our ‘Finned Friends’ every day 😊 But now we are going into the cooler months of the year and one of the most asked questions I get is – “When do I STOP feeding my Koi in the Fall?”

A very important tool to have in your pond is a simple pond thermometer. When temps drop below 60 I start feeding “Low Temp. Fish Food” & some fresh fruits and veggies like peas, oranges, grapefruit & carrots. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s very important to take your fish into the colder months as healthy & happy as possible! They are cold blooded and their metabolism will soon slow to a crawl! So feeding the right foods now will really help them for their long journey through Fall & Winter.

At 6o degrees I discontinue regular Koi Food for Cool Season Food. I also start giving them some daily treats like fresh or frozen veggies and fruits like (peas, carrots, grapefruit, oranges & melon). These food are a good source of vitamins & minerals and help to ready them for the Winter.

Get your Cool Temp Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN                                   After the water temp drops to 55 degrees I slow my feeding down to 1 time per day with just cool temp Koi food. Then after the water has reached 50 degree’s F. (sustained around 10 days time) STOP all feeding until Spring!

This is tough on me… BUT, I know it’s something that I have to do for their overall health. Feeding them when their metabolism is in Winter mode can/will kill them! So even on a warm day when they are literally begging for food – DON’T DO IT!

And don’t forget – keep the skimmer free of leaves & other debris and keep dreaming of Spring 😊 It will be coming before we know it!

Happy Pondering!

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


Koi Swimming In Mass | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I love to sit and watch the Koi swim and eat. It’s a daily pleasure for my whole family ☺ Watch this short video and I think you will see what I’m talking about. Feel free to stop by the nursery during business hours and feed them yourself! Be careful, the “Koi Bug” might get ya! 😁

Happy Pondering!

 

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



Notes on Koi Health | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is here! The Aquatic Plants are flushing out as the water warms up & our finned friends are hungry! Feeding your Koi quality food is a key to good health.

The water temperature is above 55 degrees now in most places – ie; Time to start feeding our Koi! Do it right! Confirm YOUR water temp. & start them with Low Temperature Fish Food for the first couple of weeks.  Work in some fresh veggies to help get their digestive system off to a good start.

I like to start in Spring with a cool temp food with some fruits and veggies thrown in too – oranges, grapefruit, lettuce, spinach, sweet peas, softened Carrots, etc.. As the water warms up, slowly transition to a quality Koi food for growth (high protein). Then I alternate every two weeks or so from Growth to Color Enhancing Koi food & I feed veggies & fruit as special snacks. In Summer they LOVE watermelon 😊

Do your Koi like watermelon? Cut a melon in round pieces and enjoy the heart for yourself 🙂 Then float a couple of pieces in the pond, the fish will eat from below. As they learn to LOVE it, transition to feeding by hand.

This is a top quality Koi Food that comes in Cool Temp, Growth Formula & Color Enhancing pellets. Quality Koi Food is ALWAYS in stock at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Another important thing to do for the health of your Pond Fish is to start the season with a CLEAN Pond!

  • Trim Plants
  • Clean and dispose of leafs & debris.
  • Clean and service all filters.
  • Inspect your Pond Pump, Check Valve & connections.
  • Do water changes &/or a complete clean-out asap.
  • Start dosing beneficial bacteria to build up you’re freshly cleaned bio-filter.

    Capture & place the fish in tanks and then thoroughly clean debris, straiten up rocks & gravel and wash the pond down before refilling. And don’t forget to dose the new water with Pond detox.

    Doing these few basic things will keep your Water Garden clean and your Koi HEALTHY, and it will set you up for a great season. It’s time!

Happy Pondering!

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

 



Water Gardeners Fall Checklist
November 15, 2011, 9:12 am
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I publish a Seasonal Maintenance checklist for every season each year. I hope this helps you with the enjoyment of your Water Feature! Viva la Autumn!

Plants and Debris: Remove leaves, plant debris and other organic matter. Large amounts of leaves and debris settled in the bottom of your pond can cause poor water clarity over the winter which is harmful to your fish. It can be a breading ground for fungi and or harmful bacteria and parasites. If you don’t have a dipping net, get one! This will make your life so much easier.

NETTING: Netting your Water Garden during the fall will help control leaves and debris and checking your skimmer regularly during heavy leaf falls will keep your pond in proper working condition. This will also make your SPRING cleanout easier.

FISH HEALTH: When water temps reach 55 to 60 degrees switch to low temp fish food available at Carter’s Nursery. Their metabolism slows down during lowering temps and LOW TEMP FISH FOOD will be easier for them to digest. It will also extend YOUR season with your Koi! I am still feeding my fish and it’s the middle of November! When you end feeding you should always follow up with a Medicated fish food.

BACTERIA: When temps drop down to around 55 o 60 degrees you can switch to Low Temp Bacteria for a healthier pond and an easier start up in Spring. Using Low Temp. Bacteria is one of the BEST things you can do to help your Winter Pond!

If you have questions, Call the Nursery at 731-424-2206

Now get out there and ENJOY this great Fall weather!

– Mark Carter