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

I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda Koi obsessed… I Design and Build Water Gardens & Koi Ponds for a living & I have several Koi Pond/Water Gardens of my own. I also raise and retail Koi & I have many Koi that I have been raising for years each with an individual name 😊 Beloved Pets every one! I write a weekly Blog about Koi every Wednesday, Hello! I even have Koi art and accessories all over my home and office! Koi are a big part of my life! In many ways Koi are my Life, and Life is GOOD! 😊

Koi Lanterns to “set the mood”…

Koi Fans as hanging art.

3-D Fish swimming out of the walls 😊

I Love ❤️ my old Fisherman. He’s sitting by the edge of the Pond on a boulder & the Koi swim around him.

We even have a Koi Sink with a bamboo faucet … 😎

Now you know my awful secret… I’m, Koi CRAZY 😜 😂

But seriously, I just love to bring my love of the Garden & Pond into our home. Decorative art pieces, ceramics, oven mitts, trivets, coffee mugs, plants, etc,etc… All little reminders to go out and have a cup of tea and feed my Koi. Try some in your home and you’ll know what I mean 😊 It’s all designed to draw me outside to my place of Zen – My Pond! Are you excited? Did all this Koi Love satisfy your Jones? 😊 Say it with me – I ❤️ Koi!

Enjoy your day! & Enjoy your Koi!

~ Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Hump Day Koi Fix | Koi Tattoos? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I Love ❤️ Koi! If your reading this, chances are that you do too 😊 Every Wednesday (Hump Day) I try to Blog about Koi. My Blogs have covered quite a wide range of Koi topics too – Koi Varieties – from most popular to oldest, color combinations & variations, Koi meaning in other languages and cultures, Koi art, Koi legends, Koi health, Koi Food, etc., etc…

– Here’s an interesting topic that we haven’t discussed, and one thats popular to me – Koi Tattoos…

One of my favorite Koi Tattoos is a Koi Swimming upstream and morphing into a Dragon! I have thought about getting this tattoo myself. In Japanese Legend it is called, “Koi no taki-nobori” which means, “Carp Climbing the Waterfalls”.

In this ancient story, the Koi is so strong and spirited, that it swims and fights its way up through the rapids and waterfalls to become a Dragon. The Koi is a symbol of power and strength

There are so many awesome designs when it comes to a Koi Tattoo! Water, clouds, Fire 🔥 & so much more can be incorporated into the design! Your really only limited by your imagination & the skill and artistry of your Tattoo Artist… Here are a few photos I found online of Koi Tattoos that I though were nice-

So much talent went into these tattoos! A great tattooist, is an Artist!

I like color as well, but a black on skin, positive/negative design is beautiful to me.

Koi Tattoos go way back in Chinese & Japanese cultures. When I say way back, I’m talking Hundreds of years and in some cases – Thousands of years, ie; This is an ancient  art!

In any case, I thought it was a perfect topic for a ‘Koi Fix’ 😊

PS: If you have any Koi tattoos and feel like sharing a photo and/or a story – Please follow up. I would love to see and hear about your experience!

Have a Great Day! Enjoy your Koi!

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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A Little “Hump Day Koi Fix” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Just a short video today of one of our display ponds. The koi are swimming and coming around to see what I’m up too 😊 And Scout makes a surprise drive by…

We are feeding daily now! The water temperature is finally right in all the Ponds at Carters Nursery, so daily feedings are on the schedule again 😊 Stop by and see what’s happening for a good dose of Spring! A “Nurseryfix” if you will 😉

Have a great day!

 

Mark Carter
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Hump Day Koi Fix | What IS The Rule of 50 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I’ve been hawking my Pond Thermometer these last few weeks! The temperature of the water has been steadily rising as the days get longer and we approach Spring. As usual, I will start the season with Cool Temp Koi Food when the water temp has stabilized over 50 + degrees. The “rule of 50” I like to call it 😉

It’s about time to start feeding our Koi “Cool Temp. Fish Food” & even some fresh fruits and veggies like peas, oranges, grapefruit & softened carrots again! YES!!! I ❤️ Spring! Just remember to read the thermometer 🌡 & follow the “Rule of 50”! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This is my favorite season of the year! Everything is waking up! Including my KOI! They have been VERY active lately! And literally begging for food 😊 It’s so hard to wait… But, it’s part of the process & it’s so important for our finned friends health and well being.

Keep your Koi happy and healthy as we transition into Spring. Use quality Cool Temperature Koi Food from Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee | I ❤️ Koi!

So, to wrap it up…

The Rule of 50 = Let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi in the Spring. AND, when you do start back to feeding, use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Happier days are here again 😊

Happy Pondering 🤔

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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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Who Needs a Hump Day “Koi Fix”? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

How many of y’all have tried your hand at the ancient art of Origami? Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. I thought I would tie it into our Hump Day ‘Koi Fix’ for this week.

This dollar bill was transformed into a Koi Fish through the art of Origami.

Origami Kanji.

Check this video out! It is time lapse so you can watch the transformation in just a few minutes. It can actually take a couple of hours to do this one 😊 – Awesome!

 

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix – WHAT Does A Koi Pond Symbolize ? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Koi! And of course I ❤️ Koi Ponds too 😊

Lately I’ve been studying Kanji & symbolism in Japan. Last Wednesday I wrote about how the Kanji for Koi & Love are 1 in the same… 😊 I LOVE that! Koi also symbolize several other things in Japanese culture that are worthy of note!

Swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish symbolize wealth & surplus!

In the Koi Pond, the synergy of the Koi & the Pond & the Waterfalls come together & Love & Friendship are manifested.

This is the Kanji for Koi as well as the Kanji for Love.

This Kanji means Friendship.

 

Tomorrow is Valentines Day, a day made for Love & Friendship! We could start a new tradition – Take that special someone to the Koi Pond on Valentines Day 😊 I better not get too carried away, but I thought it was a great Segway between the two…

I really enjoy learning more about the Japanese culture! And I always Love learning more about Koi & Koi Ponds 😊 I have forged many friendships around Koi Ponds! So cool! I truly ❤️ My Job!

Have a great day & enjoy your Koi!

PS: Happy Valentines Day Eve…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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