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Hello all!  Below are some koi which will be available for adoption in March 2021.  If you would like to adopt any of these beautiful living jewels, please complete a Koi Adoption Request via our website. Onsite pickup only.  No shipping available.   





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Pond Construction / Re: Our Personal Koi Pond History...
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:26:50 PM »
2009: Patio Pond Construction...

In 2009 I had officially become addicted to koi ponds.  Koi keeping had become my passion, my business, and a focal point of my entire life.  I designed this pond myself and working with family and a few day laborers we were able to complete this pond within a few weekends.  Unlike my other ponds, this pond was not made using a liner.  This pond was made using cement and sealed using Pond Guard Pond Armor.  Today this pond occasionally serves as a temporary stop for some of our rescued koi while they await adoption to new forever homes... 

















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Pond Construction / Re: Our Personal Koi Pond History...
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:11:08 PM »
2007: Our First Koi Rescue Tanks...

Often times when we are doing a koi rescue a pond owner will ask how long we've been doing this.  Well, the answer is we've been rescuing koi since 2007.  By the time 2007 rolled around my passion for koi ponds had already grown from a personal hobby into a successful online business as a leading retailer for pond equipment and water garden supplies.  So in 2008 I decided to take the plunge and open a physical brick and mortar pond shop.  Shortly after opening our doors we began receiving a steady stream of requests from customers asking us to rescue their koi for a wide variety of reasons.  Some were moving away while others simply didn't have the time or interest to remain in the hobby.  Within a year's time we were getting so many requests for koi rescues that we build these dedicated koi rescue tanks in our yard.  Notice the 15' above-ground pool behind the tanks.  Believe it or not, we also used this swimming pool for koi rescues as well...






   


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Pond Construction / Re: Our Personal Koi Pond History...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:58:29 PM »
2006: DIY Pond Shade Covers...

Before I caught the Koi bug I was quite possibly the least handy person you would ever meet.  But largely out of necessity, by 2006 I was actually becoming quite adept at building solutions by hand for a wide variety of common issues.  These DIY pond shade screens served two purposes.  One, they helped to shade the pond from direct sunlight during the hot summer months to help prevent green algae blooms.  And two, they also helps to prevent newly added koi from jumping out of the pond...





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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:51:28 PM »
2006: Our Completed Bridge Pond...

These photos of our "Bridge Pond" were taken in 2006.  Still experimenting with various DIY pond enhancements, notice the homemade venturi jets doing their job -- creating a strong current in the pond...





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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:45:17 PM »
2003: Enjoying our First True Koi Pond Before Adding a Bridge...


Sorry for jumping backwards a bit in our timeline, but I wanted to share a few photos of our first true koi pond.  These photos were taken in 2003 before we added an arched foot bridge.  We especially loved the way our pond looked at night thanks to the submersible pond lights...












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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:35:50 PM »
2006: Turtle Pond Completed...

Our turtle pond was completed and all was right with the world.  We moved our two baby turtles to their new forever home and loved seeing them bask in the sun.  Our daughter was a just a baby at the time and we enjoyed watching her splash her feet in the water -- under close supervision of course.  The one thing we forgot to think about was the fact that turtles have legs and they can easily wander all of your backyard if they aren't confined.  So shortly after these photos were taken we added a plexiglass fence to keep our turtles in their dedicated area...   






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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:21:47 PM »
2005: Turtle Pond Construction...

Like I said before, turtles are messy.  Why else would I spend a few hundred dollars to build a dedicated habitat for two little critters that cost only $10 each?  We used a 55 gallon plastic drum as the filter and wrapped it completely mortar and rocks so it could also serve as the structure for a waterfall.  We filled it top to bottom with R-Matala Bio Media, which really does an excellent job.  We lined the edges of the pond with cement reinforced with chicken wire before ultimately adding an 45mm EPDM pond liner








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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:21:03 PM »
2004: Arched Foot Bridge Construction...

After thinking an arched foot bridge would make an ideal viewing spot for our Koi, we started making plans to purchase one online.  But lucky for us we had a family member who was extremely handy who offered to build one for us at a fraction of the price.  This bridge was build in a single weekend.  And immediately after this bridge was installed, this pond became known as our "Bridge Pond..."







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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:08:11 PM »
2004: Turtles Enter our Lives...

Back in 2004 we visited a local reptile show.  One of the vendors there that day was selling baby aquatic turtles.  They were so tiny and cute that we couldn't resist taking a few home with us.  Tiny and cute as they may be, the truth is that turtles are also extremely messy.  Within a few short months it became obvious that keeping turtles in an indoor aquarium without stinking up the entire house was going to require a lot of work.  So our plans officially began to build another backyard pond just for our turtles.  We decided to relocate the statuary fountain to our front yard and then build a turtle pond where in it's place.   

 

 
 

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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:07:23 PM »
2004: DIY Pond Filter Designs...

It generally doesn't take much time at all for most koi pond owners to realize this can be a pretty expensive hobby.  And primarily for this reason, like many "koi kichi" people out there I experimented a lot with various DIY pond filter designs beginning in 2004.  My original pond filter design -- the JoeFlow Filter was loosely based on a DIY "skippy pond filter" I found online.  It seemed to work pretty well, but eventually as I gained in experience and my income level improved I ultimately upgraded to professional koi pond filtration systems.  But for those of you wishing to build a DIY pond filter, I've had a lot of success using 55 gallon plastic barrels and stock tanks.  You can often find these barrels and stock tanks used for cheap on OfferUp... 








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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:06:28 PM »
2003: Time to Build a Larger Pond (A Recurring Theme)...

It became quite apparent that if we wanted to have Koi then we needed a larger pond.  There was a 8ft x 16ft rectangle patch of grass in our backyard surrounded by concrete slabs so we decided that would be the perfect place to add a new pond.  At the time our dog kennel was located right next to the grass so our three dogs -- Buddy, Teddy and Rudy enjoyed watching us dig.  To save money, we went the DIY route as much as we possibly could.  Instead of professional underlayment we used old carpets, rugs and even old cardboard boxes as underlay.  Considering how little any of us knew about koi pond design at the time, looking back I'm amazed this pond turned out as well as it did...























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Pond Construction / Re: Our koi history...
« on: January 25, 2021, 08:31:37 PM »
2003: Our Very First Pond...

When we first bought our home the backyard was already very nicely landscaped.  It had grass, a few rose bushes and a beautiful statuary fountain.  Within 6 months of moving in I couldn't resist the urge to add some common feeder goldfish to the fountain.  It didn't take very long after that to realize I needed a water feature with a filter in order to care for fish, so I began plotting to build my first actual pond.  We recently added a gazebo and spa to our backyard, which provided a perfect spot to build a small pond.  So I bought a 100 gallon pre-formed pond at my local Home Depot.  I surrounded the pond with landscape bricks which perfectly matched the existing bricks already in my backyard and I used some flat rocks to top it off.  Feeling extremely proud of what I had created, I also added some underwater lights so I could enjoy the pond at night.

Being a newbie, I knew very little about pond filtration at the time.  And I knew even less about proper koi stocking rates.  But for several months I had spent a lot of time reading about DIY pond filters and I felt pretty confident that I could build a decent pond filtration system myself without breaking the bank. 

Almost as soon as my pond was filled with water I found a local retiree in my neighborhood, a very nice man named Jerry who was selling Koi from his own backyard pond.  I ended up buying a small assortment of koi from Jeffrey, the largest being about 12" long which at the time seemed absolutely huge to me.  I also ended up adding a few ornamental goldfish to the pond which I picked up at a local pet store.  At the time I didn't realize that ornamental goldfish don't do well in colder temperatures or that my little pond was dangerously overstocked.

But despite all the common rookie mistakes I made, in hindsight I realize that I had officially started on a journey which would forever change my life...               








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Pond Construction / Our Personal Koi Pond Journey...
« on: January 25, 2021, 07:54:18 PM »
People often ask us how our koi journey began.  So we thought we'd share our story here.  Enjoy... ;D

2002: Our Koi Journey Begins...

It would be fair to say that I always loved the idea of having a Koi pond.  I mean seriously, who wouldn't love the idea of having their own beautiful oasis in the privacy of their own backyard?  Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to build a pond when you don't even have a yard so for those keeping score at home our koi journey officially began in 2002.  Our backyard wasn't huge but it definitely had a lot of potential, and the statuary fountain added by the previous owner filled my head with grand ideas for the future.  These photos were taken in 2003 shortly after we built our very first pond...




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Virtual Pond Tour / Our patio koi pond at night...
« on: January 25, 2021, 07:04:12 AM »

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