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.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Winter Grow and Show at Avenue Fisheries

On a wet and cold Sunday morning (20 Oct 2013), this year's Winter Grow and Show event took place at Avenue Fisheries (http://www.avenuefisheries.com)

Last years event was a great success with the koi that won "best growth" achieving over 100% growth in the first year (20.5cm on the purchase day upto 43cm a year later).

As with last year, Steve and Pam offered the club members some excellent koi that they had held back from public sale especially for us. The koi were split into two vats priced at £45 and £85 based on body shape, skin quality and pattern.

All members selected a number of koi they wanted, then the names were placed and drawn out of the hat. With the start of the draw, the weather turned and the sun came out. Once names were drawn the member could select one koi from either the £45 or the £85 vat. Given the quality available this made choosing a really difficult task. Each koi was photographed, measured and the the owner was recorded.

In total, 26 koi were bought on the day (15 at £45, and 11 at £85).

Whilst our ponds are cold and dark over the winter months, it will be very interesting to see what five months of Avenue's food and heat can do for these koi.

In addition to the planned "best growth" prize (£150 voucher), Steve from Avenue also suggested it would be silly not to run a development competition because there is so much future potential koi. This now means the club members now have the option of winning the "best growth" (£150 voucher) and a new "best development" prize (£100 koi voucher)

Many thanks to all the entrants plus Steve and Pam for making this club event another great success. It will be Easter will be here before we know it when we get the results!


Please see some pictures from the day

Tim Morphy photographing the selected koi whilst Steve from Avenue looks on.

 

One of the selected koi in the measuring bowl.


Anique Hobden's (my wife's) koi being measured by Steve.


Tim busy at work.

 

 

After the koi were measured by Steve, photographed by Tim, the "future" Mrs Morphy recorded all the information on the clipboard and then Pam bagged them up to place in the Avenue Fisheries heated growing on tanks.


The photographers job was done for the day. Next big day for Tim will be his wedding day. Well done Tim and good luck!



A gallery of the selected koi will be made available in a separate page for us to browse through and choose which one(s) we think will do best.

 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Our October Meeting with Syd Mitchell

For our October club night, we were joined by Syd Mitchell (aka manke sanke on the forums). Syd was fresh from giving a two day lecture on pond design, filtration plus water chemistry and quality so arrived with his wealth of knowledge and also a very informative set of slides.

Syd ran the night as a very open discussion forum with his own enthusiastic and entertaining style.

The night started with the basic but very key topic of pond design with bottom drain placement and the impact of air to the water flow via some very simple but effective diagrams. The next topic was about how water temperatures greatly impact our koi immune systems and this was of great interest to the members especially with us all getting prepared for winter. There were numerous questions about minimum water temperatures and the negative impact on biological filtration. This naturally flowed into an assessment of the different types of heaters (benefits, efficiencies, running costs) and also the some useful recommendations regarding how to configure the pipe work when adding a heater to your system.

The club night was very well attended and I believe we could have been there until the early hours asking questions with Syd's wealth of knowledge and willingness to share his experiences.

Many thanks to Syd for his time and we look forward to his next visit in 2014.

Next month (13 Nov 2013) we have Mark Davis from Cuttlebrook Koi Farm (http://www.cuttlebrookkoifarm.co.uk) visiting the club to give a talk.