monthly pictures 2004

above ground pond
This is the small above ground pond we have outside of our shop for a few small goldfish. We have since enlarged it
bowl of kohaku
This is a really nice bowl of kohaku. To more easily assess these fish, another 2 bowls would be helpful
koi for sale
Here are some fish we have for sale. There is definitely some nice sumi on a few of these fish, the shiro on the bottom looks pretty inky
savio skimmer
Savio skimmers are very heavily constructed - I can easily stand on one. They also have a curved body so are not prone to being mishapen during the Winter freeze
pond build
This pond is another reuild. We actually had to install the liner before we excavated, this was due to the logistics of the site
big koi
Tony, one or our very first clients, has a great collection of large koi. His pond is heated in the Winter. See a video of Tony's Pond
momotaro gosanke
This is a pretty nice bowl of Momotaro Gosanke we have for sale. These fish are in the 12-14" range at tosai
small pond
This is the smallest koi pond we have built - and it even has a bottom drain
This is a large pond we are building - measureing 40 feet and 8 feet deep, it has 2 bottom drains. Here the pond shell is being tweaked
momotaro kohaku
"MoreMomotaro". The kohaku is a classic 3 step fish with an interesting first plate
More progress illustrated from Septembers pic. Each of the bottom drains has its own vortex
  • pond pump box
  • heat exchanger

The upper picture shows 2 pumps and an air compressor packed into a 2 x 2.5 foot wooden box. The pump on the left is fed from the filter system. It then pumps to a thermostat, uv sterilizer and heat exchanger eventually returning to the far side of the pond

The pump on the right is fed by the savio skimmer. It then pumps to 3 jets. One of the jets is deep pointing towards the bottom drain, the other 2 are upper jets which are adjustable. One will no do but point back to the skimmer to facilitate the removal of surface detritus The air compressor at the back has 2 outputs. One goes to the deep part of the pond in the opposite corner of the skimmer. This not only aerates the water but prevents accumulation of debris there as it is pushed outwards

The other feed goes to the rotating media filter which has 4 airstones. The pond air station has a spring check valve to prevent possible accidental back siphoning in the case of a power failure A key note is to make all the pumps easily removable. This means utilizing rubber couplers as well as shut off valves as these pumps are located below grade

The lower picture shows the pump box as well as the uv and heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is not fully set up as of yet