Thursday, 25 April 2013

The Sun Shines At Last!

Sunday 21st April was one of the first warm and sunny days of the year – and just what was needed for our second pond visit of 2013. Our hosts for this visit were new club members Sarah and Nigel Parren whose hospitality was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all who attended.




The whole of Sarah and Nigel’s garden appears to have been designed around their 7000 gallon pond. As well as being the centre piece of the garden the pond’s design cleverly shows how, with a bit of forethought and vision, it is possible to satisfy both the requirements of a serious koi pond and the softer, more appealing aesthetics of a natural pond.

  
The pond is essentially a quadrant (sort of fan shaped), built into the slope of the garden and has a waterfall positioned in the square corner. The maximum depth to the bottom drain is 6 feet and a skimmer has also been built into the back wall. Both the bottom drain and skimmer lines feed into their own vortex and are pumped to their individual bead filters (Econobead EB60s) and UVs. Heating for the pond is provided by an Elecro heaterpowered by solar panels.


 
The pond is home to a nice selection of koi ranging from about 45cm to 60cm and the varieties include Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, and Chagoi among others


plus my favourite, a very unusual Ki Utsuri.


Good weather, pleasant surroundings, nice koi, genial hosts and great company
just what koi keeping should be about!

Many thanks to Sarah and Nigel for their hospitality.

1 comments:

Really nice weather that afternoon, it was a delight to view your pond , thanks Sarah & Nigel.

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