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We just installed a koi carp pond in our garden. That’s a photo of it on the left. I would rather have had the tiles up the sides lying horizontally, but you can’t have everything, can you?
It has been my dream to have a koi carp pond in the garden since we built the house seventeen years ago. Doesn’t time fly? It reminds me of the time I had an aerial fitted to the chimney stack of my first house in 1986.
“You’ll never guess what the guy said where we just came from?” the technician said. I agreed that I couldn’t. “When he bought the house 24 years ago, he drew up a list of necessary improvements. He showed me the list, and right at the bottom was ‘Fix aerial’. We did it for him today after 24 years of watching a bad picture. Can you believe that?”.
Keeping Koi Carp
Anyway, we had this pond constructed and bought two koi carp. About a month later, all seemed fine, and while swirling my hand in the water, one of them, the red one in the photo, swam up and brushed against my fingers. It circled and did it about ten times. I was really chuffed!
Minutes later, it rolled over onto its back and died!
The following fay, the other one was dead too. What could have caused it. I don’t use dangerous chemicals. I shower every day. What’s more is that neither the two goldfish or the 20-30 Siamese Fighting Fish were affected.
It’s a mystery – my hands are deadly to koi!
A few days ago, my wife’s brother said the monks in the local Buddhist temple were looking for a new home for two koi carp. Apparently, they are as big as a man’s calf, but my wife refused to take them. I don’t know why. She won’t say… perhaps she doesn’t know exactly why herself. She works largely on instinct, but she is usually right.
I suspect that the giant koi carp would have eaten the other fish in our pond, so it’s probably for the best. Shame though… Although think of how much they would eat!
A while back, I wrote a manual on building, stocking and maintaining a koi carp pond. If you would like a free audiobook copy of it, click the following link:
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