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I went to the San Diego Koi Show. It was held on March 7th and 8th, 2015. I went on the second day. There were a lot of gorgeous koi of all sizes. These photos are some of the ones I found most intriguing and beautiful. It's hard to tell, but many of these are huge, 24"-36" or larger!
I was looking at a Koi web site and realized that my koi is considered small. As someone who doesn't breed or raise koi, but is merely an admirer of them, can you tell me why bigger is considered better in the koi world? Cat and dog owners don't consider a bigger cat better than a smaller one, the same with dogs or birds. Is it a cultural thing? Meaning, is the size of one's pet more important in Japan or China? If I did breed koi, I'd try to select for the most beautiful and interesting offspring, not the largest - size would be irrelevant. Why isn't there a market for mini-koi, like toy Yorkshire terriers? Tiny little anchovy sized koi? Kawaii!
Hey everyone! I've been saying I'm going to post pond photos for a while now and I finally got some new ones today! But first a little info about the pond. It's been running since spring 2007 and has 6 adult koi in it. At 3500 gallons some say that's understocked, but I attribute my lack of problems to this. I don't have plans to add any more fish to it for now for that reason. Low-maintenance is good! Without further ado, here it is! This was the pond in early April. And here it is today! Now some adorable photos of the koi. (okay I cheated those last four were from last summer but the water has been so cloudy from all the rain.) And bonus winter snow shot! This was the massive storm that swept through the SE USA this past winter. This is the most snow I've ever seen on the pond. Normal snows in my hometown look more like this: