I hope by now you’ve seen the stunning coral reef display aquarium at KoiAqua in Germany – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/09/18/visit-koi-aqua-video-coral-reef-display-aquarium/.
With 44 ponds from 5ton to 100ton, split across the 2 locations of the showroom and family home, there is no shortage of Koi space and the first pond I will show here is perhaps the most beautiful, and comes with it an interesting story.
Around 20 years ago Thomas Pohl decided to build a swimming pool in his garden. Finding that this was much under used for swimming Thomas decided to put some Koi into it, this was the start of the Koi hobby which would become a Koi business running along side his already successful coral reef business Korallen Zucht (http://www.korallen-zucht.de/).
Thomas had told me this story prior to visiting his home which now has several ponds. I had anticipated a square hole in the ground, typical of many a swimming pool. I certainly hadn’t expected the Japanese styled in ground pond that it is.
The pond is essentially the same as the original, other than some changes to the filtration system. In spring the water is heated, although in winter it is allowed to drop to the ambient temperature.
The pond is home to some stunning Koi, across a wide range of varieties, the largest of which is 120cm in size. You can see this large Aka Matsuba in the video below, and you may notice a lump on her face. Unfortunately she has a stone embedded in her cheek. Before winter she will be brought inside and have the stone removed.
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On the afternoon I visited the air temperature was in the mid 30’s C, the pond water in the upper 20’s. Upon returning from taking me to the airport Thomas was planning a swim in the pond, something he still does, perhaps more now than when it was a dedicated swimming pond.
There are so many more angles and points of interest the pond could have been filmed from, unfortunately my day and a half visit was running rapidly short of time, enjoy the video anyway, I’m sure you’ll agree the Koi look beautiful in the clear water a midday sun.