The Summer Garden Show

For the past few years one of the most popular annual events in the club diary is the garden show. In the past two years Gary Pritchard (BKKS judge) has visited the members ponds and judged our koi with some fantastic prizes.

Guest Speakers

During the Monthly Club Nights (second Wednesday of the month) we have a number of guest speakers coming to visit us. Always some of the best attended nights and in 2014 we had Mark Davis, Kevin Ellis, Malcolm Green Lee Burroughs etc.

Club Days Out

The club members are looking to be out and about a lot during 2015. Please see some of the visits to koi shows and koi retailers.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

2000gal pond build

Back in December 2010, i decided to undertake a new pond build, as my previous pond, a sleeper built, 1100gal linerd affair, really wasn't working for me. I had lots of issues with koi health, and thought a new build, done properly this time would cure my problems.
The new build was to be located just a few feet from the house, with a window so i could watch the koi in all weather from the sofa in my lounge. It was also an ideal use for what was a bomb site. This is where it all started:
So, the digging started in January 2011, and it didn't take as long as i thought, bearing in mind the whole build took 3 months. I ended up with a big hole.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Kangei Members Visit the East Midlands Koi Club Winter Show.

Several members of Kangei Koi Club made the trip to Uttoxeter Racecourse to visit the EMKC Winter Show.

In addition to a great day out with some excellent quality koi on show, dealer bargains to be had and lots of friendly like-minded people to chat with about all things koi, club members had the added bonus of a tour round the vats in the company of one of the BKKS’ senior judges, Gary Pritchard (who also happens to be a member of Kangei Koi Club). Gary highlighted the good and not so good attributes of the koi on show and explained the finer nuances of why koi A is a better specimen than koi B – even though the majority of hobbyists might “like” koi B more. The word “like” is never used when judging koi. He also answered the many questions members had and happily shared his knowledge and experience to improve our knowledge of koi appreciation. The photo shows club members locked in concentration about a koi’s qualities as Amanda clarifies a point with Gary.
Kangei Koi Club Members at the EMKC Winter Show
There was also some extra interest for us because two of our members, Amanda and Adam Byer were exhibiting some of their koi at the show – with some success too! Congratulations to Amanda and Adam. More details of their results will be posted here soon and photos of some of the koi on show will be added later.

Many thanks to Gary Pritchard for giving up his time and to Donald Gibbs for providing the photo.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

First Pond Visit 2012

It may still be winter time, and most of our local area (Beds, Herts and Bucks) was covered in snow last week.  But, Kangei members rolled up at Tim's today for our first pond visit of the year.  Tim has built a 2000 gallon pond close to the house and he can watch his fish while sitting on his sofa in the lounge.  Pretty impressive! We spent the afternoon enjoying Tim and Sue's hospitality and checking out their impressive pond and koi collection.

Tim talked us through each of his fish, including his new acquisitions, then gave us a tour of the filter room (garage), starting with the electrics.  He can control each pump separately and has two timers in place to control his aerated bottom drain and skimmer feed.

Mechanical and biological filtration is provided with a Nexus, where Tim has 30l K1 in the mechanical stage and around 130l litres bubbling away to provide the main biological filtration.  He also heats his pond using a heat exchanger plumbed into the home boiler.  The array of air pumps and water pumps drives the nexus and aerated bottom drain.

Note the drop in water level between the central area of water (mechanical stage) and the outer area (biological stage); this is the head created as the water is pumped out of Tim's nexus.

Tim covers his pond to help reduce heat loss; he made the covers with polycarbonate sheeting and has a simple and effective way of hoisting them up at feeding time.

 Back outside, and the pond window makes it easy to see the fish.

And, here are some of Tim's favourite fish, seen from the more traditional angle:

Tim plans to run this protein skimmer in the summer when the air temperature is higher.

The skimmer intake.  Tim placed the guard in front of the intake to make it safer for his koi.  He uses a timer to run the skimmer and aerated bottom drain simultaneously for 2 hours, 4 times a day, which he finds an effective way to remove waste from the pond.

And finally, because Tim's pond is sitting at 19 degrees Celsius, he can enjoy feeding his koi even during the winter.

Thank you Tim and Sue for hosting our first pond visit this year.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Kangei Fleece

Steve Clarke models Kangei Koi Club's new logo on a fleece jacket at our Feburary meeting.  We now have "Herts, Beds and Bucks" included on the logo so we give a clearer message about the club's local area.  

Please contact Steve if you would like to purchase some club merchandise with our new logo.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

February Club Night

Kangei Koi Club's speaker at our next meeting on Wednesday 8th February will be Adam Byer.

With the aid of many photographs, Adam will be explaining how his koi have developed, whether or not they met his original expectations and his hopes for their future development.

Any potential new members are more than welcome to come along as our guests for the night, but please let us know to expect you by emailing us on