Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society

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Understanding Judging Standards in Koi Shows by Dick "coach" Benbow One of the hardest things to understand when you are getting excited about showing, is having a clear understanding of what a
judge is looking for.
Hikarimono by Dick "coach" Benbow
This is the Japanese word for "bright Scale" and a Koi show classification.  
Dragonflies by Gayla Aspenleiter
If you own a pond, chances are you have dragonflies. But the question is, are they friend or foe?

Kawarigoi by Dick "coach" Benbow Kawarigoi, that "class" of fish that doesn't fit into the approximately twelve other classes. Read More Koi and Goldfish Food - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask by Diana Lynn RehnFish get nutrition from three sources: food, water and sunlight. They take in nutrition through their intestines and gills. Water temperature is the number one factor that affects feeding and growth rates in fish. Read More Inland Northwest Pond Predators by Gayla Aspenleiter
Having a pond in your yard can be enjoyable and relaxing. Ponds help relieve stress from our busy lives. But ponds also attract predators so make sure you prepare for their visits. The three most prevalent predators to visit ponds in the Inland Northwest are blue herons, osprey and raccoons. Read More

Asagi by Dick "coach" Benbow The first color variety established in the continuing lineage of Koi started with Asagi.  Read More Salt Use in Ponds by Carolyn Weiss Salt is used as a parasite prevention and treatment, primarily spring and fall, or if symptoms are noticed during the summer months.  Read More

  • Foam Fractionators by John Seifert Foam Fractionators
    Do you have bubbles on your water surface? Do you have algae problems, either floating or string? Do you have water clarity or quality problems? If the answer is yes, you may very well benefit from installing a foam fractionator (FF). Read More

Bekko by Dick "coach" Benbow Bekko (bek-koh) may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the Koi World...not much respect. In fact many clubs have downgraded the classification into the catch all class because it seems few are entered in shows. Read More Snails by Carolyn Weiss Inviting snails into your pond can be something you will live to regret. Snails are voracious plant-eating machines. Read More

  • Lily or Lotus by Gayla Aspenleiter
    As a novice water gardener, I believed that lilies and lotuses were one in the same. NOT! And apparently, I am not alone. Read More
  • Sanke Selection by Dick "coach" Benbow Sanke is one of the hardest color variety to breed to get a good representative. It's given variety name is Taisho Sanshoku, which in Japanese explains the variety was "made" during the taisho period of the emperor and that as sanshoku, it is a three colored koi. Read More
  • Fish Handling by Carolyn Weise
    There are a few basics to knowwhen picking up a fish for examination or moving them from a tank to the pond. Read More
  • Interesting Tidbits:
  • Goldfish
    Did you know that goldfish get constipated? Well, they do. Constipation is typically revealed by bloating and the production of stringy feces hanging from the fish. Fish will be lethargic and disinterested in food. Severe constipation can cause your fish to swim abnormally, like upside-down. Constipation is caused by a diet lacking in dietary fiber. Yes, fish need fiber too! Tinned peas are a great solution for goldfish.  Frozen Pond?
    Now what do you do? Don’t panic! The first thing you need to do is get a hole open in the ice. And NO, don’t run for the hammer, axe or other instrument as this will send shock waves through the pond that will stress your fish. Pouring warm/hot water is one option to create a hole and another is to use a drill (paddle bit) to make a small hole. The goal is to vent the pond of harmful gases that could really harm your fish.