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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might know that I keep koi fish and have a koi pond at home. And if you have been loitering in this space for more than 3-4 years, you would also know that the pond was built by these bare hands with a lot of help from Horng and other friends in 2005.

building the koi pond
the koi pond building project in various stages

It was a lot of hard work over a period of some 3 months for the over ambitious building project that first started out as an idea to have a little blue pre-fabricated fiber glass pond in the ground.

Work started on early June 2005 when we kicked off by digging the garden. Then we built a roof, poured concrete foundation, erected the brick wall, plastering it, completed the top, and waterproofed the pond. Plants were then added and the filtration system installed after we put up a waterfall for the pond.

koi pond
the koi pond and garden, completed and matured in 2007

Upon completion of the koi pond, I had built up quite a bit of strength and probably lost a couple KG off the midsection too, it was well worth it.

Having a pond had been a dream of me for a long time, the idea came when we were building one for my high school’s Aquarium Society (which I eventually became the president), it was a lurve affair came true. It was an awesome! Little did I know that the pond would eventually land me in a newspaper article too.

koi pond and twisties lurve
Lurve served up by Mr. Chef

Today, other than the little time spent each month on maintaining the pond and the garden, I had all the luxury in admiring the fish and the garden sitting on the bench while munching some snacks. Since this whole koi pond thing is a rather healthy hobby, a good snack to go with today’s topic would be the healthy snack – Lurve, multigrain chips with no artificial coloring or preservatives.

KY eating Twisties Lurve
Lurve – nom nom nom

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There comes a time where things grow bigger than the environment they are in. For example, an over ambitious employee in a small company or a baby Siberian Huskies in a Chiwawa’s dog house. When that happens, the overgrown individuals should move on to bigger and better places. In this case, my big fat Japanese Kois are now getting too big to live happily in the humble little koi pond we built some three years ago, and I think it is time to let them go and start all over again.

Hence, I am putting an advertisement on 88db.com to sell them to someone who has a bigger pond that can host them for the remaining 30 odd years they’re expected to live. My entry is here.

Koi for sale

Why on 88db and not other sites? Well, the ad placement is free, and the best part is, from now till 29th of October, there are prices to be won for the most creative ad entries! A 4 days 3 nights tour to Bali with a Philips DVD player for the best entry, and 10 PSP for weekly winners too! More details can be found here.

So instead of a very plain and boring entry, I came up with a Haiku for my entry, since it’s all Japanese, you know… Please tell me it’s awesome, and lets pray I win at least a PSP! (which I can make good use with all the time I spend in the LRT)

Here it goes:
four huge Japanese kois
around 20 inches each
kohakus, showa, also tancho
swimming in the pond

but with size restriction
they’ve outgrown the pond
looking for new home
to grow into jumbos

pictures worth lotsa words
taken a year ago
now bigger and rounder
come see for yourself

striking colors, beautiful shapes
these fish are gems
to let go at
eleven thousand triple eight

p/s: Please tell me it’s awesome, or better still, buy my kois! Thank you very much. 😀

It’s been a while since I posted anything regarding the home-made koi pond, so I’ve decided to take some pictures on the big fat koi fish swimming in it. It turned out that focusing fish under water isn’t exactly trivial, but I think I’ve managed to captured some decent photos anyhow.

As usual, the fatter ones are most likely female, while the more skinny and graceful kois are males. These kois are approaching 2 feet in length, and getting pretty heavy too. It’s been a little less than two years since the completion of the koi pond project and thankfully the fish are growing healthy and fat. Shouldn’t you build a pond too?

More photos at my flickr set.

two kohaku
two kohaku (red and white koi)

tancho
tancho (white koi with a red dot on its head, in this case not a perfect tancho)

showa
showa (red, white, and black koi with some black color on its head)

chagoi
chagoi (olive koi)

yamabuki ogon
yamabuki ogon (metallic yellow koi)

This is the 2nd video of the Koi Pond posted since it’s completion more than a year ago. Since the first video was of me and my house mate swimming in it, I thought this time it’ll be best to show you noobs the beautiful kois that lives in the now plenty matured pond.

The are six kois altogether, with the average size of 16-18 inches. They were less than 10 inches in length when I got them from the farm, with the exception of one Kohaku and the Showa donated from Mr. Lee (Thanks!) after I lost the Shiro Utsuri. With the Chagoi still being the champion, the kois are pretty friendly and not easily intimidated by people. Other than the three mentioned, there are also a Yamabuki Ogon, a not so pure Tancho, and another Kohaku from more than a year ago.

Glossary on types of koi:

  • Kohaku – red and white koi
  • Tancho – white koi with red dot on its head
  • Showa – red, white, and black koi, with at least some black color on the head
  • Yamabuki Ogon – solid yellow color koi
  • Chagoi – olive color koi, also usually the bravest of the pack