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2008 Grant Articles

Olympic Koi  2008 Grant Article


The Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Watergarden Club held it’s annual Pond Information Day on July 20,2008.  Our members taught sessions on various subjects at the Roadhouse Nursery in Poulsbo, Wash. 11 a.m. to 3 pm.
The presentations were free to the public and we were very happy to have about 20 people show up for the day.  Refreshments were available for our guests.

1.      Think before you dig.

2.      Constructing a pond

3.      Electrical & Lighting

4.      Filtration & Water Quality

5.      Fish Health & Quarantine Tanks

Our club also advertised the fact to the attendees that we were having our 9th Annual Pond Tour scheduled for Saturday, August 8th between 10 a.m. & 5 pm, with tickets available for sale at the Roadhouse Nursery at a cost of $5.00.

Jerry Hames

Washington Koi & Water Garden Society's 2008 Grant Article

Riverfest 2008 (before the rain and wind!) with Jorn Beam and Karen Miller

Booth set up at Russell Watergardens


Anne Potter at the booth

For our 2008 PNKCA grant a booth was prepared to promote membership in the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society. It can be easily set up in various locations. The pictures show the booth at Riverfest, Bothell, WA’s town celebration on August 24th, and at the Russell Watergardens store on September 20th. The booth includes information on current year activities, such as the annual koi show, a digital picture player to display club events, photos of member gardens, sample reference books from our library, and membership information. This booth will be continued in future years at other regional koi and gardening centers, and at other events such as farmer markets and town festivals.

Oregon Koi & Water Garden Society's 2008 Grant Article


Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society

Pond Tour - Saturday, August 16, 2008


Our self-guided pond tour started out Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  We were excited to present 12 unique ponds for the public to come enjoy and learn about koi ponds and water gardening.  Our brochures included detailed information about each pond, maps and directions.  We also included valuable information about the basics of pond and koi keeping, feeding koi, plants in the pond, and the importance of quarantine.


The presentation of a variety of ponds gave the public many opportunities to observe and ask questions of the individual pond owners.  Each pond had something a little different to share. We wanted our viewers to have the opportunity to visit as many ponds throughout the day and come away with new ideas for their ponds or be inspired to start up with the hobby. 


We were very excited to have twelve members of the Siskiyou club come up from Medford to attend the pond tour.  Having guests attend that are hobbyists helped provide us with some valuable feedback.  Some of the elements from the different ponds that they were most impressed by ranged from seeing a trickle tower at one pond to a homemade multi-chamber filter at another. Several of the ponds are close to the river; one pond owner was able to show how their suspended netting system keeps the heron and osprey out of their pond.  The filtration systems were unique to each pond from Nexus filters to a homemade sand filter to a stream and bog system.  Our club members are very talented and creative when it comes to their pond and gardens. 


We would like to thank our club’s program director, Bill Harper, for all the work he did to get this pond tour organized.  Thank you to the following pond owners for opening up their pond for the day:  Bill & Mary Harper, Neil & Diane Thompson, Lonnie & Dixie Harris, Dave & Robin Lugar, Matt & Tracy Flury, Melton & Darcy Hefner, Dale & Maggie Roark, Norman Call, Velda Traylor & Rick Richtik, Randy & Kim Brock, Wintergreen Nursery, and Elsie Richardson.  After a day of sharing our ponds we enjoyed potluck social at the home of Elsie Richardson.


Opening up our ponds and gardens gave us a chance to share information about the things that work and some of the mistakes we have made and learned from.   Hopefully, we gave those people that attended some information that will help them with their ponds and gardens.


Mid-Columbia Koi & Pond Club's 2008 Grant Article

Club president Ron B explains his findings on a member's pond water.
Before the water testing, Ron gave a presentation how organics affect water quality in a pond.






Water Quality Seminar Draws A Crowd

A capacity crowd gathered at Rod and Eileen Thorne’s home on Sept. 6 for a combined Recreational Meeting and Water Quality Seminar. The event was published in the newspaper and the public was invited. Club members welcomed about a dozen or so first-time visitors who responded to the invitation. People were encouraged to bring a sample of their pond and house water. Those who did had their pond water tested for Ph, nitrites, Kh/Gh and ammonia. The house water was tested to see how closely aligned it was with the pond water in Ph and Kh/Gh. About 30 people attended the event and at least half of them brought water samples to test. Before the water tests began, Ron Boedeker gave a power point presentation on how organics affect a pond’s water quality. Then it was out back to the patio where participants eagerly waited for a turn to have their water tested. Some interesting things revealed in the tests was the difference in the Kh/Gh levels within the Richland, Pasco and Kennewick cities—with the Kh/Gh readings much lower in Pasco.

While most of the club members had been to the Thorne’s before, the visitors were very interested in their pond and kept Rod busy answering questions on its filtration, plants, fish and the pond’s construction. The visitors had lots of questions on the club and its function and seemed appreciative of the information they got.

Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society's 2008 Grant Article





 - Diana Lynn Rehn, President of the Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society, Spokane, WA


            April 19th and 20th were the days we had involvement in Japan Week and it was fantastic fun!  We started by setting up a show tank at RiverPark Square at 8:00 a.m.  Colleen McCalip, John Seifert, my son, Quenton, and my niece, Adrianna, helped bring in and set up equipment and start filling the show tank.  We had one table with information sheets and a display of information on koi, including the development of koi in Japan.  We had a separate table where we had coloring sheets with the outline of a koi on one side and "fun facts" on the other and crayons available.  Blue Iris provided the five koi for the show tank and Gino brought them in promptly at 9:00 a.m.  We were up and ready to go!


            Over 400 of the yellow information sheets and 390 of the coloring sheets of Koi were made.  By the time we were done we had 120 yellow sheets and 90 coloring sheets.  Jim Elms came down and sat at the booth for a couple of hours handing out information sheets.  We had a tremendous amount of interest in both the koi and the coloring sheets!  It was fun to watch the children make up their own design or copy a koi from the Koi Chart showing varieties of koi.  They did an amazing job...hey, even Colleen and I got in the act and colored a few!   Frank came down in the evening and helped out right up until we started tearing down at 9:00 p.m. that night.  Kathy Thompson of Blue Iris came and got the koi that were loaned.  Thanks Kathy and Gino for your help in making this even a success!


            In the evening there were many teenagers that came by.  One mentioned having a history project that was on he took the yellow sheet and koi facts and was going to do the report on koi and the development of koi by Japan!  So, then we had more teenagers come and ask for the same information so they could do their reports! 


            On Sunday, Adrianna and I set up the booth at the Japanese Gardens at 1:00 p.m. and were there until about 3:30 p.m.  and Frank came and helped us tear down.  It was amazingly sunny during the Garden Festival portion, even if it was cold!  Claudia McGowen, who has been part of the pond cleanup and koi health there for many years, came and spent a couple of hours discussing the health of the koi and what has been done by our club in the past in the way of clean up and koi health.  The many people who were there were truly educated in how to help take care of the koi and learned more about koi!


            We had one (dare I say it) minor glitch.  Nordstrom's was not told we would be using their sink to drain out our show tank in the evening.  Evidently Nordstrom's owns the building and land and are not part of RiverPark Square management.  So, when our tank took longer to drain than expected (I brought  a pump that was supposed to be 950 gal. per hr., it was probably less that 100!) The manager was antsy and wanted to leave - after all, she had done her shift.  We tried to find an alternative place to drain the tank.  One guard said we could use the front door....then another guard (after we had taken the hose from Nordstrom's and out the door) said no!  A back room in a hallway was found that the hose was taken to and it worked out okay, even if it was slow!  I did try to take a dip!  As the hose was being dragged to the back room it caught a part of the side of the show tank which started to collapse.  As water started to gush out  I tried to catch the side and the pump at the same time...didn't work. I went down and most of the water went right into my lap as I fell on the dang floor!  You know how it is if you drop a cup of water on the floor - it spreads!  (The maintenance girl came and it was mopped up very quickly and the mall people were very nice about the whole situation.).  However, after all that none of us (Colleen McCallip stayed the entire day right to the very end!) got out of there before 10:50 p.m.  Next time (if allowed) we would bring the big daddy of a pump so it would only take about 20 min. to empty. 


            My favorite part was the little boy that came running up to me in the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Gardens (Japanese Gardens at Manito Park) yelling out "Yesterday I was at the Mall and I saw a SHOWA!"  He had evidently been down at the mall and had been taught what types of koi we had in the show tank...he remembered the showa!  He was adorable (about 5 years of age). 


            So, since one of our goals is to educate people we really was able to fulfill that goal in an outstanding way.  I was proud to be part of this event and hope this club makes it an annual event!

Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club's 2008 Grant Article


 Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club



The first time our club ventured into the community to share information about ponds and Koi was April 26-27, 2008 at our local Master Gardener’s Spring Fair.  From the pictures it looks like everything began on the day of the fair but in reality that day was preceded by months of talk and planning.  Since our club does not presently own any equipment we are fortunate to have a good relationship with the In Thee Garden branch of Southern Oregon Nursery.  This store is our best local resource for pond building equipment and all pond and fish supplies.  They offered to loan us a large 400 gallon tank, a pump, waterfall filter and all the necessary things to make it work.  They also offered us a spot in their booth.   Dennis, the owner, is a member of the club.


On Friday we cleaned the tank and got everything ready to go.  Our coach for this first outing with Koi was Elsie Richardson, from Roseburg.   We prepared the water on Friday as per her instruction by adding our cup of salt and de-chlorinating the water.  Very early on Saturday Elsie came to show Dan and Lois the proper way to catch and bag very large Koi (any Koi for that matter).  Elsie generously loaned us her nets and bowls as we didn’t have access to anything that large.  Dan got in the water and with net guidance from Dieter of Southern Oregon Nursery we actually got one in the bowl.  They lifted the bowl out of the water and slide the fish into a bag. The bagging was properly completed and the fish was boxed for its trip.  After the first one we were feeling more confident and got choosey on which ones to take. 


When we got to the fair, Elsie showed us how to get them into the Koi sock net and then into the tank with no mix of water.  Slick!   We are going to have to start saving for some equipment of our own.  With the fish happily swimming we were back in our comfort zone, talking to people about how we love our ponds and fish.  We were eager to share how much we love hand feeding and learning the different personalities of our Koi pets.   We got lots of questions too.   We heard the word “heron” many times during the day, answered many questions on how to get rid of algae, and a variety of other pond topics.  We also told people about our club.  One person filled out an application and joined on the spot.  The new brochure was a big help and we also had a flyer about our next meeting.  Our new banner and club shirts helped us feel proud of our club and our progress in just one year.  


The fish water was tested for ammonia on the schedule Elsie gave us and we were pleased to find the level zero.  Saturday night we covered the tank to make sure they stayed inside. 


Sunday at the fair was pretty much a repeat of Saturday, lots of talk and questions.  When the Fair was over we bagged the Koi and took them back where we got them.  We were happy to have them returned safe and sound. 


This was a great experience, one that will probably become a tradition as it is a logical place to meet people who would likely be most interested.  We are very grateful to Elsie for her help and support.  We learned a lot and will feel confident to do it again on our own.   Dennis gets a big thank you for his support which was essential this first year.  We also appreciate the involvement of so many club members.  The people who worked at least one two hour shift in the booth are Dan, Christian, Linda, Ron, Sandi, Wendy, Jewel, Leanne, Charlie, and Lois. 

2007 Grant Articles

                  2007 Grant Article for the Puget Sound Koi Club


The Puget Sound Koi Club continued its annual tradition and participated in the 2007 Spring Fair in Puyallup, WA.  This event took place from Thursday to Sunday, 19-22 April and attracted 99, 423 visitors.  Our club shared display space with Hoshi Koi, a local koi dealer and active supporter of the club.  President John Hillstrom organized our booth, obtained informational handouts, and set up a schedule for members to be present and meet the public.  The natural highlight was a show tank containing several beautiful koi for visitors to ogle.  During this four day fair several club members shared their koi keeping experiences with interested guests and answered questions about the hobby.   The Spring Fair provided an ideal venue for families to enjoy being together and having fun.  This fact was quite evident in the excitement generated by children and adults as they watched the colorful koi swim before them.  Our koi booth was located in the same building as the Fair’s annual garden show and enabled visitors to get ideas on how to landscape koi ponds.  Everyone involved in this outreach effort had a great time in making people more aware of the pleasures and benefits of the koi hobby.   

Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club's 2007 Grant Article


Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club participates in the
Portland Fall Home & Garden Show, Oregon

By Georgia Lanigan, Display Chair

Despite the somewhat dismal weather, it being cooler and rainy, during the Portland Fall Home and Garden Show from October 4th through the 7th, 2007, there was a decent turnout in attendees. We had the wonderful luck of being placed close to access doors, water access and a drain which made our setup and take down a breeze. Our corner location was also a marvelous spot for people to watch our display fish without being crowded into one small space. The fact that we were directly across from a concession stand didn’t hurt as people tended to gaze at the four koi, one comet and one shubunkin while waiting in line. Like I said, it was a perfect spot. Little did they know we lay in wait to bombard them with information, wanted or not…

It is amazing to learn just how many people have ponds, either man-made or natural, put in by them or inherited with the homes they bought, who have never resolved their pond problems. Even after information was shoved at them (in our loving fashion) they still had no interest in remedying the problems. It seemed that if it didn’t work right the very first time, they gave up, mostly because it would be "work" to fix the issue.

The main issues were, in order of prevalence: raccoons, herons, kingfishers, filtration, algae, ducks and geese. There were people who had ponds with koi, goldfish, bass, catfish and a combination thereof of these ichthyoids in residence. Despite some of these ponds being installed rather recently, some did not have bottom drains which made maintenance a mess, had gently sloped sides which allowed raccoons that nightly smorgasbord buffet, or were shallow enough for herons to stand in. And, just exactly what do you do about those darned kingfishers anyway? Train your fish to stay away from the surface? Easier said than done…

I encountered only one family that had several inches of rock lining the bottom of their pond and they refused to remove it, believing their one to three times a year (you read that right – a year) cleaning was sufficient and did not bother the fish (even though they admitted the fish huddled at the far end during the cleaning process of stirring the rock up to dislodge debris which was then quickly flushed, a process that was not completely explained to me by the pond owners). I hope I didn’t tick them off too badly by suggesting that the multiple inches depth of rock harbored bad stuff and that even though koi tended to rearrange any gravel or dirt in the hunt for delectable bug and worm tidbits, they couldn’t rearrange rock that deep. To prevent a public argument, it was agreed that if it was working for them, then that is the way it should be.

One gentleman was lucky enough to have a natural pond with an artesian spring fed stream. If I recall correctly, the pond measured about an acre. His concern was that since putting two koi in it a few years ago, he hasn’t seen them. I just HAD to smile at that. Lucky fish! His other visual problem was a very lush covering of frog bit over the entire pond surface. Well, said I, there you go, that explains why you can’t see the fish. The only remedy was to add lots more fish or to continually scoop off the frog bit in the hopes of seeing one of his koi occasionally. Neither of these organic solutions seemed very practical. At the time, I didn’t think of suggesting a skimmer, but since he wanted to keep the pond in its natural state, I’m not sure that suggestion would have helped. I fear I failed him.

A few people asked if the koi on display were catfish. No, I responded, they are my mud puppies, just common reject koi not good enough for anyone to show, but more than perfect for me to gaze at in my pond. There were the questions of hardiness, ice, water depth, food, mature size, mature age, cross breeding with goldfish, use of salt, koi prices, sexing koi, cannibalism of fry, plumbing, aeration, filtration and more, including tastiness (yes, you can eat them, but would you really want to after you paid how much to get them?). And, sometimes I too would like to know: Where do you get THAT kind?

We raffled off a bunch of divisions of one of my water lilies and a large basket of pond and koi related goodies. Happily, our club gained four new members from the show and raised a few shekels from the raffle. All in all, fulfilling our duty to provide koi, goldfish and pond information to the public in keeping with our non profit organization mission was not work at all, but a joy. I hope the club is ready for my next show suggestion…. Is that whimpering I hear in the background? It’s ok, I’ll only schedule you for one shift next time.


Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club 2007 Grant Article


Children’s Day at the Japanese Garden

Display by Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club


The Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club members enjoyed another wonderful event at Portland’s Japanese Garden again this year. On the first Sunday in May each year the Japanese Garden hosts a festival to honor children and it is called Children’ Day. Parents all over the world take great pride in their children, but each year in Japan two separate festivals are held in their honor: March 3rd for girls and May 5th for boys. At the Japanese Garden in Portland they combine the two days and celebrate Children’s Day. This year it was on May 6th and we had the wonderful opportunity to set up a koi display for the children so that they could view the koi up close and personal. A tank was set up for the fish on Saturday afternoon on the deck of the pavilion and Floyd, Michael & Raeleen, and Bill & Linda had a fun time on Sunday introducing the children (and our future koi keepers) to the koi.


This year we were very fortunate with our weather, which did start out a bit wet, but then turned out very nice when the sun broke through for the rest of the day. The sun came out just after the children started to arrive and helped to raise the koi-no-bori (carp kites) on the flag pole. As the day progressed the children enjoyed many demonstrations and activities at the Garden. The Taiko Drummers, traditional Japanese dance, and the Japanese Tea Ceremony were all performed for the children. There was also an abundance of hands-on activities for the children to participate in which included: koi drawings for the children to color, block printing, sumi brush painting, ikebana (flower arranging), and origami koi for the children to fold (provided by Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club). 


But the koi viewing was definitely one of the most popular of the activities at the Garden. The children came back repeatedly to pet and enjoy the koi. We were all kept quite busy giving out koi stickers and fish necklaces and answering all of the questions by these inquisitive little minds such as….”How old are they?”, “Do they bite?”, “How big do they get?”, “How long do they live?”, “Do they have names?”, “What do they eat?”, and many other fun questions.


The warmth and excitement of the children was so much fun and definitely took some of the chill off the early afternoon drizzle and helped to make this a very memorable and enjoyable experience for the members of the Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club. We hope to continue to help with Children’s Day at the Japanese Garden for years to come!


Submitted by:

Linda Montgomery

Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club 



Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Watergarden Club 2007 Grant Article


The Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Watergarden Club held a Pond Information Day free to all attendees.  The Information Day was held in Poulsbo, WA at the Roadhouse Nursery on July 22, 2007.  Presentations made by our club members included:


1.  Think Before you Dig

2.  Basic Pond Construction   

3.  Plumbing & Filtration   

4.  Basic Electrical Needs

5.  Koi Health & Water Quality

6.  Establishing & Maintaining the Ponds Ecology


We had a very good turnout for this day’s seminar and even gained a couple of members.


The Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Watergarden club also had our annual Pond Tour on August 11, 2007.  We had 8 ponds on the tour, some were new to the tour, providing even more interest to see our beautiful ponds.  The turnout was good, and the weather beautiful for the occasion.


Jerry Hames



Mid-Columbia Koi & Pond Club's 2007 Grant Article


Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan holds Bio-Security class in Tri-Cities

Hosted by the  Mid-Columbia Koi & Pond Club, and sponsored by Blue Iris Water Gardens, a seminar on Bio Security was held Sept. 29 at the Richland Library in Richland, Wa. Nearly 40 participants came to the day-long event to hear Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan discuss a wide range of KHV-related information. He started with the history of KHV and covered other aspects of the disease including how to test for it, how to avoid it and what to do if your fish did contact it. Cleaning, disinfection and quarantine strategies were also discussed.


While the class was directed towards koi retailers and veterinarians, the general public was also invited to this seminar. In fact, besides Miller-Morgan there was one other veterinarian and several koi retail owners in attendance. The rest of the attendees were members from a number of PNKCA clubs, plus some folks who were just interested in the topic. 


After the class was over, Ron Boedeker of the MCK&PC gave a demonstration on KHV serology testing and how to prepare it for lab purposes. Then Miller-Morgan performed a dissection on a fish to show the areas usually affected by KHV and other diseases. At the end of the day many participants complimented Miller-Morgan and MCK&PC members on how much they enjoyed the class. Miller-Morgan was so pleased with the turnout and the caliber of the participants that he volunteered to come back next year to hold another class.


The MCK&PC thanks Tim Miller-Morgan for holding this seminar, and also wishes to thank Blue Iris Water Gardens of Spokane for sponsoring it.
North Idaho Koi Keepers 2007 Grant Article



North Idaho Koi Keepers Grant Article 2007


On September 8, 2007, Gene & Phyllis Anderson and John Miller as representatives of North Idaho Koi Keepers set up an educational koi display at the Kootenai County Farmers Market  in Hayden, Idaho.  Our new NIKK banner added a great visual attraction to our booth.  This event is very well attended by residents in the area, attracted by the variety of vendors selling such items as wood work, leather crafts, plants and flowers, specialty bakery items, produce, arts and jewelry, bunnies for sale and much much more.  The market has grown in the last few years and every booth available was being used. 







Many visitors to the booth were fascinated to learn more about the hobby of koi keeping, asking many questions and taking information on websites for NIKK, PNKCA, AKCA for future reference.  Gene and John handed out many business cards and club membership brochures.  At the end of the day, we were very pleased with the local interest in our hobby. 

The country atmosphere along with the musical entertainment on the stage next to our display made this a wonderful experience and a great way to spend a Saturday.

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