Crossing My Fingers for Survival
In my backyard we have a nice little koi pond. OK, maybe not little, but it isn't huge either, maybe 10x10 with a nice waterfall. We built the pond the 7 years ago since the previous owner of the house had grand ideas for a pond feature but ended up with 2 little puddles and on over abundance of plants with some nasty water. So we dug it out and replaced it with a larger one complete with a waterfall and then bought a few Koi. We had a relatively mild winter that year and the fish survived with no problem. But the following year, the pond froze completely solid and in the spring we found the puppies trying to dig out sushi out of the pond ice. Ewwww. We figured it was a fluke, bought more fish and added an extra bubbler and a heater to the pond. That winter was even worse and once again the pond froze. We gave up for a year with no fish and tried again the following year, in which we froze more fish. Ugh. So this year, we went and bought a dozen Koi and now have 10 left that have grown fantastically through the summer.
We have a plan for this year, hopefully we won't lose a single koi. The friend who designed the pond works for a guy who sells koi and he's going to let us move them into an inside storage bin for the winter. Which means, they will be in a warmer air environment where they can be fed all winter and they will be huge next summer. Plus we can go visit them.
I don't know what to do about this guy though since I haven't seen him in a few weeks and I'm starting to miss him.