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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’!

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

 

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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 | 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
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Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We are in the middle of yet another week in our journey towards Spring, and the return to feeding & enjoying our Koi!

Its been COLD this week too… Cold & Wet! I am so ready for a warm up 🌞Here’s a few pics from around the place that I hope will warm your hearts a bit 😊 They do mine!

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Stay warm!

Spring is Coming!

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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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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Hump Day Koi Story – “Koi No Taki-Nobori” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Many people will tell you that most everything that’s worth anything, starts with a good story! I have found this to be very true across the board. A story that hooked me many years ago is an ancient one, but still packs a wallop today! It’s the story of the Dragon Koi’!

In this story the Koi is so strong and spirited that it can swim & fight its way up through the rapids & waterfalls to become the Dragon. The Koi is a symbol of power and success!

In this ancient story a large school of golden Koi are swimming upstream in the Yellow River in China. They make it all the way to the  raging waterfalls at the top, but all the fish but one is washed back down the flow. But, the one Koi is determined to make it! He spends 100 years trying & trying to make it up the waterfalls, until one day he finally does it. The gods recognized the Koi’s perseverance & determination and as a reward turned him into a Gold Dragon, the very image of strength & power!

“Koi no taki-nobori” means “Carps Climbing the Waterfalls”. Koi have been a revered animal in China and Japan for many, many years and today are here as well.
I hope you enjoyed this little ode to the Koi today 😊 Think of the Koi as a symbol of energy, power & courage. These traits help us to overcome difficulties in life. Just sitting by the pond and feeding your Koi can bring peace and happiness into your day.
Happy Pondering! Enjoy your Koi 😊
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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