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Pond Tip Tuesday | Koi Pond Tips | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring is in full swing! We are approaching our last frost date and the whole world is greening up, I LOVE it! ❤️ So do my Koi! They have been tearing up the Cool Season Koi Food and the veggies I have been feeding them. In fact, many of my customers and fellow Koi enthusiasts have been feeding their Koi Cool Season Food & have started asking me the all important question…

– When can I start feeding regular Koi Food and Color Enhancing Koi Food?

– My Answer- Remember the rule of 60!

When the water temperature has stabilized above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can switch to a Higher Protein or a Color Enhancing Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have covered The Rule of 50 in previous Blogs, when coming out of Winter into Spring, you must let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi, AND, when you do start back to feeding, you should use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Gradually reintroduce food to them in small amounts.

Oh yea! Spring has arrived and the water is steadily warming. Time to feed your Pond Fish!

Now, at least for me (check your thermometer) it’s time to make the transition to a regular Koi Food. In fact, I will start to feed both high protein and color enhancing feed, alternating weekly between the two.

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. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So, lets wrap it up… check your water temp & when your above 60 degrees for several days in a row and climbing, you can transition to warm season Koi Food. That’s the “Rule of 60”…

Viva La’ Spring!

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Koi Pond Tips | The Water Temp is Rising! | Remember The Rule Of 50 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I try to post good seasonal info to help you with your Ponds and Water Gardens. Water Temps impact feeding times for our Koi, which makes it a very important thing to keep up with! Sure enough, the days are getting longer and it’s almost that time again!

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

“I’ve been keeping a close eye 👁 my Pond Thermometer 🌡 these last few weeks! The temperature of the water has been steadily rising as the days slowly get longer… Today my water temp is 45 degrees F. What is yours?

Start your Koi of right by feeding a quality Cold/Cool Temp Food. They are cold blooded and it’s really important to get them off to a proper start. We stock High Quality Cool Temp Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I will start the feeding season with Cool Temp Koi Food when the water temp has stabilized at over 50 + degrees for several days. The “rule of 50” I like to call it 😊

So, lets wrap this little Pond Tip up…

The Rule of 50 = Let the water temp stabilize for a week or so at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi this Spring. AND, when you do start back to feeding, use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food!

PS: Don’t over feed!

Happier days are on the way!

Spring is Coming!

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Koi Health | It’s Fall, Remember The Rule of 50 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fall is in full swing! The sun is setting earlier every day & the temps are falling… And soon, the saddest part of the season will be paying us a visit… The time when we STOP feeding our Koi for the season 😢

My Koi have eaten well this year & have put on a good bit of fat to get them through the Cool Season ahead. Now is the time that many of my clients and fellow Koi enthusiasts start asking a very important question…

– When do I stop feeding Cool Season Koi Food to my Pond Pets?

– My Answer- Remember the rule of 50!

It’s getting close to the time of the year to stop feeding our ‘Finned Friends’… Sad, but so important for their health and well being. 


When the water temperature stabilizes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit you should stop feeding your Koi… Even Cool Season Koi Food… We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 50’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Switching to a Cool Temperature Koi Food is very important for the health of your Koi! So is knowing when to stop feeding! 

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. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to wrap it up, keep a check on your water temp (via a Pond thermometer) & when your water temp stabilizes below 50 degrees, you should transition from Cool Season Koi Food to NO More feeding for this season. That’s the “Rule of 50”…

Viva La’ Fall!

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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Koi Feeding Time in Jackson, Tennessee

Spring is in full swing! We are past our last frost date and the whole world is greening up, I LOVE it! So do my Koi! 😊 They have been tearing up the Cool Season Koi Food and the veggies I have been feeding them. In fact, many of my customers and fellow Koi enthusiasts have been feeding Cool Season Food & have asked me the all important question…

– When can I start feeding regular and Color Enhancing Koi Food?

– My Answer- Remember the rule of 60!

When the water temperature has stabilized above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can switch to a Higher Protein or a Color Enhancing Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have covered The Rule of 50 in previous Blogs, when coming out of Winter into Spring, you must let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi. AND, when you do start back to feeding, you should use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Gradually reintroduce food to them in small amounts.

Now, at least for me (check your thermometer) it’s time to make the transition to a regular Koi Food. In fact, I will start to feed both high protein and color enhancing feed, alternating weekly between the two.

Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. After the water temp is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can start feeding High Protein and Color Enhancing Koi Food again. Pick some up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to wrap it up, check your water temp & when your above 60 degrees for several days in a row and climbing, you can transition to warm season Koi Food. That’s the “Rule of 60”… 😉

Viva La’ Spring!

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



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Monday mornings are back! Feeding our Koi is once again a daily routine 😊 The cat is excited as well 🐈

Ahhh, Spring time in Tennessee! Plants are coming out, the Koi are eating again and the Hummingbirds are starting to show up! Heaven!
I hope this little video made you smile 😊 this morning as well. Have a Great day!

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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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This past couple of weeks tested us all a bit. Winter in all its glory… But now Spring is in our sights! And believe it or not, it’s coming quickly! So this morning I wanted to try to reassure you a bit with a video from early Spring last year. We are only a few weeks away from when this video was taken 😊

I can’t wait till I get to feed my babies again! And I can only imagine what they are thinking right about now…

Enjoy this little moment of zen! And just know that – Spring is Coming!

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

So many people come to the nursery and just Love to feed the Koi!😍 They will swim right up and take the food from your hand 🖐🏻 So many people say “I can’t get my Koi to eat from my hand… What can I do”? So, I thought I would point everyone in the right direction on ‘How to get your Koi to eat from your hand”! 💥

Koi actually love to interact and eat from your hand. You just have to work with them a little bit… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The easiest way to explain how to train a koi to eat from your hand is to go Pavlovian on them… ie; Conditioned Response! Pavlov used a bell 🔔 or buzzer in his work. He would make the sound & then give the dog food… Eventually just making the sound would make the dog slobber with anticipation. It kinda works the same way with Koi! 

Consistency and repetition are key to train your Koi. Oh, and watermelon 🍉

#1 – Feed at the same time EVERY day! Be it morning or evening, be Consistent! 
#2 – Repetition! At first, feed at the same time, in the same place and with the same food! Make a little splash sound with your fingertips, then throw a little food out. not to much at first. Doing it this way doesn’t really take that long. You just have to be committed to the process! 
#3 Only feed for a given time. 5 minutes at first. Once they catch on, you can improvise with snacks and fruit 🍉 🍊 🥬 

Once you break the ice, you can move closer and closer during feeding time, until your right on the edge with them and they will be literally eating from your hand!

So there you have it.  Be consistent, be repetitive and ❤️ Your Koi! 



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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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Koi Health Tip – Remember The Rule Of 50! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The temps continue to fall & the sun is setting earlier every day! Jack Frost Has paid a visit now & he will be a regular all through the coming winter… Now is the time that my clients and fellow Koi enthusiasts take that tough but very important step… But I’m still asked the question … – When do I stop feeding my Koi for the season?

Answer : Remember the rule of 50!

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

Check and verify your water temp (via a pond thermometer) & when your water temp drops to 50 degrees in the Fall, you should STOP feeding your Koi for the season 😢 That’s the “Rule of 50… 😉

Happy Pondering 🤔

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Knowing that your beloved ’Finned Friends’ are healthy and happy, is having peace of mind.

We are what we eat! Truer word were never spoken! Keep your Koi Healthy and Happy into the Fall by feeding Cold Temp Koi Food! Available at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio😊

Have you switched to Cold Water Koi Food yet? If not, the time is NOW! Safely extend the feeding season while staying in touch with your Water Garden & Pets! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, enjoy it with your Koi 😊

It’s time to switch to Cool Season Fish food! We stock it at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather! And get your daily ‘Koi Fix’ 😊

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
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