Author Archives: Jim Kennedy

What do you know about Kohakus?

 

What are the best things to know about the Kohaku? To start, they originated in Japan in the early 1800’s. They were owned by farmers and were used for food. If it weren’t for the curiosity of the local farmers, the kohaku may have never been breed. Two popular breeders are Tomoin and Yagozen which have been around for the start and still remain a major part of kohaku bloodlines today. The kohaku belongs to the go-sanke group, which also includes the Showa and Sanke. Kohakus can best be described for having white bodies with red markings or patterns, or also known as hi. The key to having a high quality kohaku is to make sure the patterns are balanced throughout the body and having deep coloration present. The Kohaku is one of the oldest breeds and still used today to create new bloodlines. If you are looking for a more specialized kohaku then check out a Tancho kohaku (all white koi with red patch on the head). In my opinion, any Tancho koi is great because it represents the Japanese flag which is highly desirable to collectors. Kohakus with gin rin (silver reflective scales) almost have a diamond effect, who doesn’t love diamonds! Kohakus are still one of the most popular breeds for collectors today!

-Katie Scott, Author

What’s new in 2018?

  What’s new for Willow Pond Koi for the 2018 season? Well for starters we have a brand new building! Our new building has new tanks so we can hold even more koi! We also have a new lab that will assist us with water quality and fish health. We’ve worked hard to revamp our… Continue Reading

Katie’s Koi Pond Tip of the Day

Katie’s Koi Pond Tip of the Day: Test your water!  This sounds simple enough right?  I receive many questions about the importance of testing your water, well it is the basics of maintaining great water quality!  Testing your water regularly can give you incite on what is going on in your water garden.  The more… Continue Reading

Koi pond tip of the day!

Katie’s Koi pond tip of the day: Having trouble with geese or nuisance birds of prey on your pond or water garden?  Try using a bald eagle kite!  They work!  Here is a testimonial from one of our customers:   “They really do keep geese at bay. We put 2 bald eagles out about a month… Continue Reading

Welcome back!

Welcome Back! Welcome back! This must mean we all survived winter! It was a cold one for sure, but we are looking forward to this season and hope you are too! Have you opened your water garden yet? Do you service your own water garden? Or do you hire someone to clean out/open? How are… Continue Reading

2017 Annual Fish Sale!

Announcement:  On September 29th from NOON-5 and September 30th from 9-NOON, we will be open to the public for our annual fish sale.  If interested please join us!  All koi and goldfish we have in stock will be discounted.  If you need directions or have any questions please call our office at 585.394.5890.  We hope… Continue Reading

Day 4 Japan

As our journey continues in Japan, we are starting day four participating in the JKX Masterclass.  We started the day with a crazy weather forecast…..rain, wind, hail, and snow! But don’t worry, the weather was not going to deter us from learning more about koi. First stop for the day started at Kanno Koi Farm.… Continue Reading

Susan Savad

Susan Savad

Biography As a child, I wasn’t particularly interested in art. I took the usual art classes that most kids take but I didn’t pursue it at home. It was when my husband went into the army that I finally started becoming interested in painting. All of a sudden, I was in Texas, had no job… Continue Reading