I dug my first pond 28 years ago, in about 2 hours, by hand, and put a piece of plastic to hold the water. Thank goodness, there weren't any fish because it was dry the next morning! Since then, I've built more than 13 ponds and the filtration to go with them. I honestly don't know if I enjoy building ponds and filtration more than I enjoy the koi.
I love going to koi shows for the fellowship and helping out with the show. Seeing all the koi is great but my koi friends are what gets me to the shows. I've won a few GC Longfin awards with homegrown koi, several Best in Variety/Size and Baby Champion awards.
My current koi pond is an 11,000 gallon gunite pond. I also have a 1200 gallon QT and 1800 gallon goldfish/lily pond.
I've written articles for KoiUSA and was a proofreader for many years. I obtained my KHA certification in 2010 and CKK last year, 2016. I “teach” the Pond Improvement course for CKK. In the past, I wrote the monthly newsletters for my club. I'm currently KPOTY for 2017 and a member of the Koi Health Club.
I spend most of my time online helping others learn to care for their koi and their water.
I belong to the ZNA Carolina Koi club at present.
My Koiphen username is kntry