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    Where did you see your first koi and what happened then?

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    Where did you see your first koi and what happened then?

    Post  valleykoi on Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:22 pm

    Love to know how other people got into this mad koi hobby!?

    Where did you first see that beauty and thought...got to have it?

    Did you already have a pond?

    First big dealer you saw?


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    Post  shiromia on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:45 pm

    my first pond had a few cheap koi and gold fish and have to see i was happy with it,then my neighbour took me to a koi
    dealer in oxfordshire called fishy things,i remember the day very clearly as i walked through the door and thought
    wow Shocked it was just the shock of the quality and colours. i then thought i need to get rid of the goldfish and start
    filling my pond with koi.and thats wot got me into koi Rolling Eyes

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    Post  kashiraponds on Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:58 am

    I have always been a fish keeper of all sorts, since the age of about 8 years old. My dad came home with Fred the Bristol Blue shububkin for Me. He lived until I was well into My late teens.
    My first thing with Koi was at a garden center. On school hloidays me and a few friends were bored at just decided to dig My mums garden up and build a pond. She was not best pleased affraid Lined it with some black plastic I found and bought a couple of Koi from the garden center. Years later I was kicking about with a young lady, got invited back to meet the parents, and Dad was a very keen Koi keeper. Since then I always wanted a koi pond.Built My first pond in a moment of madness. My wife was away for a long weekend, my daughters where at Nans. I had roughly 2000 bricks in the garden along with a few hundred blocks that I had borrowed from George Wimpy Laughing So just thought sod it she`s not here I am going to build a pond.Pond looked nice but back then I knew nothing about filters and turnover rates ect ect. So after a few years I got more and more involved in the hobby, I am sure You all know the rest. I now have a pond I am very pleased with.
    The first proper Koi I bought where from The Koi Waterlife Center. I bought 4 shiny beauties, 2 Yamatonishkigoi and 2 Kin Showa. Then My taste changed and now have a pond full of boring Go-sanke. Got to add a shiny thing to the pond again this year, although I do have a nice Yamambuki Ogon
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    Re: Where did you see your first koi and what happened then?

    Post  chr1ssy on Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:05 am

    My son introduced me to koi when he brought home 2 ghosties and a tank to keep me company whilst recovery from major surgery that was 17 years ago. Well the blooming things grew quickly so fit and well I dug a hole lined it, added a black box and hey presto you all know where it leads to. The first proper koi dealer I visited was Richdon Koi and the bug took over. First proper koi were a seki shiro, kohaku exclusive both now in duckviglens pond, a sanke I sold and the chagoi which I still have pics elsewhere of her over 70cm now.


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    Post  shiromia on Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:58 am

    come on then mr thorn tell all the story wot did mrs thorn say wen she got back from her long wkend lol!




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    Post  kashiraponds on Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:13 am

    She was not best pleased, all I can tell You she said was" beep beep beep" lol!
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    Post  valleykoi on Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:37 am

    I have always been interested in ponds and fish.

    About 30 years ago I decided to build a pond...what did you do..you went to the garden centre and bought a preformed pond and sunk it!

    This was the start.

    I then made another small preformed pond and linked them...must have been about 300 gallons in total.

    I was chuffed to bits

    Like Justin down to the garden centre for some fish and shabumkins were the order of the day.

    Next some jumbo goldfish..4in!!!


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    Post  valleykoi on Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:46 am

    Then started looking in Yellow pages fr fish outlets.

    Found a place called Sandybanks Garden centre in Harden(I bet Crissy remembers this place and John the owner.)

    I saw this amazing fish..the colours..think it was a platina bt it sparkled.Had to have it..how much..too much..goldfish were only cheap.....

    Bought it...


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    Post  chr1ssy on Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:10 pm

    I remember the place but not visited it much. I guess I was lucky to find a proper koi dealer first off and took in all the knowledge he offered.

    Its suprising how robust these early ponds were and they worked in a fashion, no air pumps K1 or BHM. LOL Pretty much like the ponds I am dealing with now LOL


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    Re: Where did you see your first koi and what happened then?

    Post  valleykoi on Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:12 am

    After buying too many koi I decided I needed more water.Decided the cheapest way to do this was to buy a 9ft diameter corrugated stell tank with liner.

    I set this up in my garage,put a woodburning stove in and I nearly lived there.Loved it with the old Black box filter.

    Bought this from a dealer called Transcontinental Goldfish Company and think he is still around.

    I then met a man called Dennis Wordsworth!!!

    Dennis worked with Peter Waddy Waddington.

    Thats when my problems began.....


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