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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Koi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s a bit warmer in the Koi house so they get to start eating a little earlier than Koi who live in an outdoor Pond. I know you all are ready to get back to feeding them again, but it’s not quite warm enough yet… So I though you might enjoy a glimpse of what’s to come 😊

Spring is coming quick! Are you ready?

Who’s ready to enjoy a ‘Moment of Zen’ by their pond again? 😊 | Just Remember the Rule of 50 & be ready, because Spring is Coming!

Have a Zen filled Monday & a GREAT week!

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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Hump Day Koi Fix | The Very Scary ‘Ghost Koi’ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

It’s October kids, and we are quickly approaching Halloween 🎃 What a perfect time to discuss the scariest of all fish – 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 a 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 a very hardy fish and much less susceptible to diseases than most. 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 greatly on the parents color.

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

Enjoy your Koi! AND Have a –

‘HAPPY HALLOWEEN’!

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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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Saturday Shoppers Get Rainy Day Discount | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It may be sprinkling rain, but don’t let that stop you from getting out to Carters Nursery TODAY! We are having a “Rain Day Sale” on EVERYTHING, but it’s only for TODAY!

Grab an umbrella, come out today and save $$$! It’s a “Rainy Day Sale” at Carters Nursery!

Come in Today & save 20%! There’s only a week left until Mothers Day! Don’t miss this one😊

Y’all Come!

 

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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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Fishy Friday’s in April! | Koi, Shubunkens, Comets | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Back by popular demand – Fishy Friday’s are here! During the month of April, come in on Friday, buy Pond Fish & SAVE!

For the entire month of April, every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Our fish are properly quarantined, healthy & happy 😊 Come in and see for yourself!

Of course, Koi aren’t all we have for your Pond! We carry a full supply of Water Treatments, Koi meds, Koi Food, Koi Nets, Beneficial Bacteria, Pond Pumps, Filters, Underwater Lights, and so much more.

– Thank God It’s Fishy Friday! #TGIFF

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Hump Day Koi Fix – Cool Koi Facts | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!

 

I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

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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Preview/Teaser of Some Changes at the Nursery | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

A few pictures and tidbits of what’s happening at the Nursery…

The Koi Shack’ is fully stocked! I know from experience that the “Pond Person” in your life  LOVES his or her Pond! They love everything about the Pond Lifestyle too 😊 Christmas is the perfect time to get them something special –

That “Pond Crazy” person in your life will be thrilled with any present they received for their favorite hobby 😊

AND, we are doing something different in the retail shop… I will update you on WHAT we are doing in a day or two… I’m excited! You will be too 😀

Happy Pondering! & Merry Christmas! 🎄

 

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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Hump Day Koi Fix – Beni Kumonryu | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Last week we looked at the Kumonryu Koi – The scaleless (doitsu) white and black koi with a unique ‘changeable’ pattern. Today I was looking at another Koi known as the Beni Kumonryu – They are Kumonryu with the color red thrown into the mix!

The Beni Kumonryu was developed by breeding a Kumonryu with a Doitsu Kohaku Koi. Beautiful!

The Beni Kumonryu have red color along with the classic black and white. They also have changeable patterns and colors. Like the classic Kumonryu, they will generally have more Sumi (Black pattern) in the Winter months and the white and red colors come back strong as the seasons warm. The reason for the changing colors isn’t totally understood, but it does seem to be affected by water temperature and changes in pH.

When choosing a Beni Kumonryu look for great body conformation and symmetry in the color markings.

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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