Carter's Water Garden


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!

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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I Love Koi! I love watching them swim, I love feeding them, I love the fact that they are so long lived as well. And, I LOVE finding new Koi that catch my eye and adding to my collection… But, how many Koi in any given pond are enough?
– When do I have too many Fish?

Staying in balance is what it’s all about. Flow rates, filter size, plant load AND fish population! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Not having too many fish in your pond is a Big Deal! It literally means the difference between a healthy low maintenance pond & a problem pond… Who wants green water & sickly fish? 

I try to keep my fish stock to a percentage. You can figure it two ways – 1” of fish per square foot of surface area OR 1” of fish per 10 gallons of water. If you keep to these parameters you will have a much healthier, lower maintenance pond.

Remember the guidelines when it comes to fish stocking rates – 1” of fish per square foot of surface area OR 1” of fish per 10 gallons of water. This will help keep your pond in balance! And it will help you relax… That’s a Huge part of being a Pond Owner 😊


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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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



How many fish can I have in my Water garden? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
February 8, 2018, 10:50 am
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Question : How many fish can I have in my Water Garden/Pond?

This is a great question! It seems fairly simple, but is a little more complicated to answer without first looking at a few things. Most basic Water Gardens with adequate filtration, aeration & proper plant load are fairly simple to put a # on. There are 2 methods I have learned over the years that work well with comets, shubunkins & other fancy goldfish – The first is 1″ of fish per 10 gallons of water. The other is 1″ of fish per square foot of pond surface area. Both work very well if you have all the prerequisites mentioned earlier (adequate filtration, aeration & proper plant load).

Comets & Shubunkins are beautiful, hardy and unlike Koi, don’t get too big.

Now, if you want to have Koi in your Pond, there are a few more things to consider. Remember – Koi get much larger than Comets and Shubunkins. Koi can get up to 36″ long over time… So if you want to have koi in your pond it has to be of adequate size and depth. Which means more filtration, more aeration, plants, etc. This needs to be considered before you build your pond. You will need a minimum depth of 2′ to keep and raise healthy Koi. I also recommend having a minimum of 1,000 gallons in your system for Koi. One more general rule to follow if you want long term success with Koi – Keep a maximum of 4 Koi per 1,000 gallons of pond volume – So in a 2,500 gallon pond I would recommend no more than 8 – 10 total Koi along with the other criteria mentioned. You could have several other goldfish in this pond too if you wanted. But, you will have to keep a close eye on their growth over time. Their mature size will affect the balance in the future years…

Always think about the future size of your fish! They can get rather large, up to 36″ for a mature Koi.

Just remember, Balance is your friend in the Water Garden!

  • Feed good quality food & don’t overfeed.
  • Keep your Aquatic Plants healthy and happy.
  • Do occasional partial water changes to promote healthier, cleaner water.
  • Keep your skimmer clean and functioning properly.
  • Do a yearly cleanout service on your pond.
  • And keep your fish load within these parameters.

Most importantly – Enjoy your Pond & your Finned Friends Daily!

Thanks, and Happy Pondering!

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