Our home Koi Club ( ZNA Northwest) meeting was combined with Tony Prew’s (All Japan Koi ) pond pull. Tony was experimenting with a new semi mud/liner Koi Pond this year. He didn’t do a lot of publicity. I had seen that pond when Hoshino San was visiting Portland. When Tony said he is going to put some goshikis in that pond, I asked if he can also put a couple of my goshikis which was staying at one of his facilities. Our home pond is very small that we cannot add any more Koi. We have been renting ponds at many dealer locations and friends’ place until last month. I didn’t want to take risks by putting the highest quality Koi in the pond that Tony was experimenting with. But now I regret that decision.
Tony had secured the area by putting a fence around the pond as well as covering the pond with a nylon net. So the chances of losing koi were minimal. The Ikeage turned out to be a very good success for Tony. All of the koi that we pulled on Saturday turned out to be in excellent condition and they also got a very good body confirmation. All the koi that went into that mud pond was from Koda Koi Farm. I haven’t got a chance to measure the fish and compare the growth. But from what I see, I am fully satisfied with Tony’s Ikeage and I’m willing to do it next year, that is if Tony is doing it again. There were two ponds. He had only used one of them.
It was exciting to do a pond pull that was very close to our house. There were some members of the Northwest Koi and Goldfish club who also got a chance to experience this.
Oregon’s climate is sometimes compared with the Niigata climate. But we don’t get a lot of snow. That is a big difference compared to Niigata. But Oregon doesn’t have extreme weather. That is the reason why a lot of technology companies moved their hosting centers into Oregon. That will reduce their energy expense. It’s true with Koi Pond too.