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

The Koi are eating warm season food again & we have also started ‘Koi Snacks’… What kind of snacks you ask? Well, fresh fruits and veggies of course 😊

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

Try it yourselves. If you haven’t feed them like this before, it will take a few times for them to catch on. But once they do, look 👀 out!

Try –

Softened carrot pieces, lettuce, watermelon 🍉, cantaloupe 🍈, oranges 🍊, grapefruit & grapes 🍇 These are all great treats and give needed vitamins and minerals.

Ours LOVE watermelon 🍉! After we eat the heart of the melon, we turn each half upside down floating in the pond, and man do they go to work! When they get through, there is nothing left but the outer skin 👀

Koi Love to be hand fed! If yours aren’t eating from your hand yet, try some of these Koi Snacks and have patience, it takes a little while to win them over, but once you do, it will have been worth the effort 😊

Try it out over the Memorial Day weekend & see how they like a new treat.

Have a Great Hump 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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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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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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Hump Day Koi Story – It’s 10 Degrees Outside! Will My Koi Survive? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Man it’s COLD! WOW! I walked out to check on my Water Garden a few minutes ago ❄️ Folks, it’s Cold out there! I was at a full trot by the time I made it back to the door 😳 My dogs were even ready to come back in!

Scout and Ranger were both fully dressed, so I don’t think they got as cold as I did 😇 LOL!

Good News! My Water Garden is doing fine! My Koi have assumed the position “Hovering at the bottom” as usual this time of year… So, alls well with the Pond 😊They are just like me, waiting for Spring!

But, I still get a few calls every year when it gets ‘Really Cold’ outside, especially when you see some icing, and it’s almost always the same few questions, with #1 lately (today) being, “Will my Koi be ok in Cold like this’? First, let me say – What a considerate question! People LOVE their pets 😊 So, let me give you the good news… Yes! Your Koi will survive this cold snap and will be just fine!

Koi are cold blooded (Poikilothermic) fish, In the wintertime, their metabolism slows to a crawl. They can usually be found at the bottom of the pond, hovering, ie: treading water. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson,
Tennessee

There are a few things that you can do to help them through a cold snap! # 1 is – IF your Pond tries to freeze – Keep a hole open in the ice! This should be a preventative measure and hopefully not a reactionary one…

If you turn your ponds pump off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

There are a LOT of articles on this BLOG that will help you with your Water Garden & Koi! But, to cover today’s question/concerns, Your Koi will be OK 👌🏻

Stay warm! Remember- 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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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
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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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