SOUTHERN COLORADO KOI CLUB

Phil Goulding
pgoulding@coloradocollege.edu
www.socokoi.org
Meets: 1st Wednesday @ 6:30 pm., February – November

September
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August
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July
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June
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May
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club will be holding a koi rehoming auction at Phelan Gardens on 6/10 from 12 – 4 p.m. The club will auction off koi from our members’ ponds, and will accept koi from members of the Pikes Peak Water Garden Society and Rocky Mountain Koi Club. This is a great opportunity to pick up some very nice koi! No minimums, no cost to bid. We have a limited number of tanks, and would like to keep fish separated by owner.  If you want to bring fish, please call or email right away to save a tank. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.

March
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February
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January 2017
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December 2016
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November 2016
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October
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September
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August
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July
Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports she has volunteered to take over as the club’s AKCA Dir/Rep. Thanks Barb! At their June Board Meeting they discussed their Auction; even though they made $2,500 profit, attendance was down. They will ask members whether to shift to an every other year format? It appears the 2016 Koi Show might be on the small side (maybe 50 koi) and one of their Judges has withdrawn (Pat Christensen) due to recouping from her broken hip. Hopefully her husband, Larry, can handle the load solo. Banquet and Judge’s Dinner locations are still being scouted and they’re looking at possibly adding a Vendor’s Class to the show to boost entries and interest. The June meeting was at Jim Glassman’s home; Barb volunteered (again) to demonstrate proper scrape & scope techniques. Check out their website at www.rmkc.net. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area Koi Club, reports the club’s next meeting is July 23, 2016  @ 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the home of Sue Edwards. Sue has a well maintained yard with a lovely pond in a park setting with beautiful plants in a very relaxed atmosphere. Check out the club’s website at sfbayareakoiclub.org/event. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their next meeting will be at the home of Don and Eileen Zytka on Sunday July 24th. Eileen is fixing lunch and goodies for everyone, so nothing to bring except maybe your favorite adult beverage. Bring a lawn chair if you have one, and you may want a sweater – it’s a little cooler up there. Since it’s raining every afternoon, we have a canopy or will crowd onto their enclosed porch – but it will go on! Topic of Discussion is still a secret – Phil will let us know. Bring any problem or questions you may have and there will probably be someone there who can help! Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

June
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May
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April
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March
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February
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports Kodama Koi Farms will once again provide us with Japanese tosai of various types – we are working with Taro now to finalize what we can offer.  These are 1 year old koi, imported from Japan to the Farm in Hawaii, and will be an excellent buy for your pond!  Details to follow. Doing things a little different this year – our first regular meeting will be a seminar presented by members of the board and other club members.  Light refreshments will be served. More details to follow. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

 

January 2016
No Report

November
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Members Annual Party (and last event of the year) was held at the Phantom Canyon Brewery on Sat Nov 14th featuring a fantastic Buffet Dinner and cash Bar. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

October
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting scheduled for the 7th was rescheduled to the 14th at the East Library and elections will be held. Sarah Garrison is slated to speak on pH, KH, GH, etc. The Nov Members Annual Party is scheduled for Sat the 14th starting at 6 p.m. at Phantom Canyon. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

September
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their Sep 2nd meeting featured speakers Phil Goulding and Jerry Hunter on Myths & Question in the Koi Hobby. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

August
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club had a wonderful time at Richard Brownfield’s home and pond on July 11th. Richard put on a great lunch for us and described his pond and filtration system. We have our next club gathering August 22 for the members and guests pond tour. We will travel from pond to pond in a group, finishing with dinner at the Foster’s home and pond. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

July
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the June meeting was cancelled. The July 11th meeting was at the pond of Richard Brownfield who has a new pond with a fantastic filtration system. Phil cooked up an education presentation as well. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

June
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the auction is over, we’re mostly cleaned up, and many of us have new fish in our ponds. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hours today, earlier in the week, and over the last couple months on the rescues. We may not have made a lot of money and we’ll find out later how much we did make, but the important thing is that a lot of people went home with some beautiful fish and that should be our main goal. I saw new faces there and hope we have new members. A special thanks to Sarah for organizing us as we might have just wandered around without her guidance. Thanks to Lee Stevens for his fish wrangling and organizing the tanks, and to Ellen Simco for her auctioneering skills. I don’t have a list of all the volunteers but we could not have managed this event without the help of every one of you. Every Fish found a new home and I even came home with a beau0ful fish and I hadn’t planned on getting any more. Thanks again for all your support for the club. I think our next event is a get together at a member’s pond next month and then the pond tour on August 22nd. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

May
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports it’s Raffle Time: Just two weeks away on Sat June 13th at Phelan Gardens. Viewing starts at 11; Auction Starts at 12 noon. No cost to bid, everyone welcome! Raffle for a Japanese Import at 1:30 – must be present to win. This is our major fundraiser and the perfect opportunity to thin out your pond and make room for new one. We have LOTS of koi of all sizes this year. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

April
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports May 2nd koi rescue and koi buy and pond equipment sale in Trinidad; May 6th Regular meeting; May 16th SPRING PARTY Potluck and Koi Auction at Sarah’s. In June, the club will hold a Koi Rehoming Auction on the 13th. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

March
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club will hold its Covered Pond Tour on Sat Mar 21st at 2 p.m. – a fun chance to see how five of our members keep their ponds warm and going all winter. Each pond on the tour is covered in a little bit different way. The Kodama koi have arrived and are doing well. Extras were ordered wo we will have some to sell at the pickup party on May 16th. We also have a small koi group buy from Blackwater Creek Koi, which will be available for purchase at the pickup party. Congrats to club member Chris Washko who took Grand Champion for the second year in a row at the Aloha Koi Show. Additionally, the club is putting together a group buy of Blackwater Creek koi food, which should hopefully arrive by the end of the month. April’s meeting on the 1th will cover Testing Your Test Kits. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

February
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their next meeting is Wednesday, February 4 – at the East Library, on Union between Vickers and Montebello. 5550 N UNION BLVD, CS, 8091. Time:  Open for chit chat at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. We will talk about the koi buy from Kodama – and take any orders for them until Feb 17. You can renew your membership also if you like. Discussion topic will be KOI FOOD – Nutritional Content, and How Much to Buy for a Season through the club’s bulk purchase program. Hopefully I will have the new pricing by then and can take your food orders as well. I will have last year’s orders with me if you want to see those. All payments can be cash, check or credit card. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

January 2015
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their next meeting is Wed, Feb 4 at the East Library; chit chat at 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. We will talk about the koi buy from Kodama – and willtake any orders for them until Feb 17. You can renew your membership also if you like. Discussion topic will be KOI FOOD – Nutritional Content, and How Much to Buy for a Season through the club’s bulk purchase program. Then our Annual Antifreeze Party is set for Sat, Feb 21 – 6 p.m. at Southside Johnny’s. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

November
No Report

October
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports just a reminder about the Member Party on Saturday, Nov 8 at Tucano’s Brazilian Grill.  Need your reservations as soon as you can – either reply to this email or call Sarah. WE HAVE DECIDED TO HAVE A RAFFLE that night – a few odds and ends and some Koi Treats.  If you have anything you would like to donate to the raffle (Koi or pond related) please bring it along! But not plumbing fittings . . . Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

September
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting on the 1st will be at the East Library at 7 p.m. Topic is to be determined, but bring photos to share of your pond and your koi. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

August
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the next meeting will be on Sep 10 at the East Library on N. Union Blvd.  Chit Chat from 6:30 – 7:00.  Meeting starts at 7:00.  Topic: “So, You Fish are Flashing . . . Now What?”  Diagnostic techniques by Jerry Hunter.  Plus, nominations for officer will be opened with 5 vacancies on the board.; elections to be held at the Oct meeting.  Tosai Selection: We need to decide what Taro should look for in his trips to Japan this fall.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

July
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club had a successful koi re-homing auction in June. We sold approximately 60 fish with some sellers splitting and others donating the entire bid to the club. The auction was held on the grounds of Phelan’s Gardens who donate the water and the location to us. On July 12th we will meet at a member’s home destroyed in the Black Forest fire last summer now rebuilt and whose pond is back up and running. To learn more about the koi rescue, see the Koi USA article from last fall. Our August meeting will be the Annual Members Only Pond Tour on August 2nd. We will tour five ponds and have dinner afterwards. Our September meeting is moved a week to September 10th and held at the East Side library with chit chat at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00. Topic TBD but usually involves getting ponds ready for our Colorado winter. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

June
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their annual Koi Rehoming Auction is this Saturday, June 14. Viewing at 11, auction starts at noon.  Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 80918.  We have LOTS of koi this year – probably 60 or 70.  Some of our members are having to shut down their ponds, and are bringing some very nice koi this year.  If you are looking, you should really plan to come.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

May
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has its biggest fundraiser of the year in the final stages of planning. Our annual Rehoming Auction is June 14th at Phelan’s Nursery and we’ll get started at noon. Members can bring in fish they no longer want in their ponds and can either donate or split the proceeds with the club. Anyone may bid and buy them. We will also have fish of 3-4 inches for sale/auction. Other activities planned for this summer are a pond tour and a summer picnic. We will post details on the website as they become available.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

April
The Apr meeting was held at the East Library.  Topics included Spring Startup, Feeding Koi, Group Tosai Buy and Group Food Buy.  The May meeting will be on the 7th and the Koi Buy Pick Up Party will be on the 14th.  The re-homing auction will be held Jun 14.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

March
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports at the Mar meeting at the East Library members discussed how they survived winter, problems encountered and what to do now.  Also, spring startup.  The Tosai Group Buy and Koi Food Buy generated lots of interest and planning for the Jun 14th Rehoming Auction continued.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

February
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club held a social at Southside Johnny’s on Feb 15th and a meeting on Feb 5th at the East Library.  Discussions re: a club tosai purchase from Kodama again this year.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

January 2014
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has the year planned out with some new and old activities. Our general meetings are the first Wednesdays of the month. At our Feb meeting on the 5th we will discuss our annual group koi buy and bulk food buy. Out annual koi re-homing auction is scheduled for Jun 14. Our annual Anti-Freeze party is Feb 15. This get together is to talk about how our koi have done during the winter and to catch up with friends. Winter has been tough in Colorado with a mixture of very cold temperatures and very warm days. A few members have lost fish, even in heated ponds. We were quite excited to see the article in KOI USA on our koi rescue after the Black Forest Fire. That experience taught us just how tough koi are and how much we can accomplish when we work together.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

November
Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports we wrapped up the year with a very well attended members party at Old Chicago.  If this keeps up, we will need a bigger place next year!  It has been a very active year for the club.  Our last election was very gratifying – we had so many people wanting to be active that we just elected everyone, and our new board of 10 is busy planning for next year.  We will have a Tosai Buy, a Koi Food Buy, our Koi Re-homing Auction, and our Member’s Pond Tour.  In between we hope to have a microscope lab, meetings at member’s ponds, and much more.  For now, our koi are covered and awaiting our first big snow.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

October
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting featured Phil Goulding discussing his Phoam Phraxtionator and Sand & Gravel Filter builds. Also scheduled were elections, winter prep for ponds and ongoing planning for the Annual Member Party; the date is now firm (Saturday, Nov 9th) but the location is still TBD. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

September
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Sep meeting was held at Rockrimmon Library. Topic was FILTRATION – history and current trends. Plus: WATER – KH, GH and pH. Members brought water samples for testing. Elections are coming up and nominations are open. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

August
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club will be holding a Members Only Pond Tour & Kodama Lecture on Aug. 17 – 18, 2013 in Northeast Colorado Springs. This year, Taro Kodama and his father (Mamoru Kodama), will join us for the weekend! On Saturday, we will visit four ponds, and Mamoru will critique them – the water, the filtration, and the koi – and make suggestions for any improvement needed. This is a WONDERFUL learning opportunity for all of us! We will finish up the day at a picnic supper. On Sunday, Taro and his father will present a lecture to the membership at the home of Ray Armstrong and Barb Dawson – and we will get to hear all about their pond. We plan on refreshments & a party there as well. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

July
No Report

June
Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports things have been a little crazy with the fire and things going on, so I’ll keep it short …NO MEETING ON JULY 3 – due to the holiday. NEXT MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 – 7 pm at the Rockrimmon Library. We will revisit pH, KH, GH and how to balance it in your pond. And – we will talk about and show pictures of the great Koi Rescue following the Black Forest Fire. All of the rescued koi made it and about half of them have been re-homed. The rest are in my garage awaiting pond reconstruction. Thank you all for your support, your donations, and your concerns! Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

May
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the May meeting was scheduled for the 1st at Rockrimmon Library; topics to include Spring Startup and more on pH and KH. The Tosai Pickup was scheduled for May 18th at 1 p.m. at Sarah Garrison’s home and the Annual Koi Re-homing Auction is scheduled for Sat, Jun 15th at Phelan Gardens. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

April
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club received the Japanese tosai for the contest this week and have them in quarantine. We will distribute them at our May meeting. Our group food purchase also came in this week and was distributed to the members. At our recent meeting we talked about ways of saving water and money with the start of water rationing and rate increases based on use. We will have our fish auction in Jun and pond tour in late Aug. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

March
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their club has had two recent meetings and have set our plans for the year. At the moment we’re working on two group purchases; one for food in bulk and one for Japanese koi. In Feb we had our annual “Anti-Freeze” party where we get together and talk about ponds, our spring fish purchases, and the winter weather. We found that this makes our meeting in Mar much better since we’ve already caught up with each other. In our Mar meeting we discussed water testing, feeding koi, and talked about the upcoming water rationing and conservation due to the severe drought that Colorado is experiencing. We continue our tool lending program where members share tools with others so we don’t all buy equipment we only need once or twice. We have drills, wrenches, hole saws, and clamps in the collection. We have also purchased additional 500 gallon tanks to continue our collection for our koi auction and future koi shows. Next month we’ll have a program on multi-use of water, and the following month on the differences between water gardens and koi ponds. We meet the first Weds of the month unless we have special programs going on. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

February
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Feb Antifreeze Party was slated for Southside Johnny’s in Colorado Springs and taking orders for this year’s Tosai Buy was high on the agenda.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org

January 2013
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their club is busy making plans for next year, after a very successful set of events last year. We are working on a group buy for koi and food, planning a meeting to discuss the differences between koi ponds and water gardens, and starting plans for the annual koi auction. A long-term goal we’ve begun is putting together a lending set of tools for DIY projects. We felt it appropriate that the club buys, or receives donations, of tools that are rarely used (but useful to have) when making filters or working on plumbing, or transporting fish. We already have hole saws, oxygen tanks, and some wrenches. We’ve also put together portable emergency pools for either rebuild needs or health purposes. Our goal is always to find ways to help our members take good care of their fish.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

November
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports on Nov 10th the club held its End of the Year Party at Patty Jewett Clubhouse in Colorado Springs, CO.  They introduced the new officers, hashed over the events of the last year and made plans for the upcoming year.  Gregg Steadman’s slide show of photos taken during the year was a big hit.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

October
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has had a busy Fall. The highlight was a pond tour via bus for members and invited guests. Thirty of us rode a bus to 6 different ponds. The bus drove over 60 miles spread out over a large area around Colorado Springs. We had morning treats at the first stop, lunch at another stop and a potluck dinner at the last house. Since we were all together, we were able to talk about the ponds as we drove between homes. Lots of questions were answered and help for problems were discussed so it was an all day workshop on pond designs, fish health and just about everything else having to do with ponds and koi. At our Oct meeting we discussed pond covers and putting ponds to bed for the winter. With our harsh and variable climate, a cover can really help keep fish safe. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

September

Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports they’re excited about their members only Pond Tour on Sep 22nd.  Members and their guests are invited to tour 7 ponds in the NE part of Colorado Springs. We have a bus reserved, which will depart from Badger Koi Gardens at 10 am, and return about 5 pm. Cost of the bus will be $10 each, with the club picking up the balance.  You DO NOT have to ride on the bus to participate! Maps and times will be provided soon.  Lunch will be enjoyed at a longer stay at the second pond on the tour. The club will provide box lunches for $5 each for those who reserve it in advance.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

August
Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their club will be having a Members Only Pond Tour on 09/22/2012  at 10:00 a.m. in the NE part of Colorado Springs.  Members and their guests are invited to tour 7 ponds.  We have a bus reserved, which will depart from Badger Koi Gardens at 10 am, and return about 5 pm.  Cost of the bus will be $10 each, with the club picking up the balance.  You DO NOT have to ride on the bus to participate!  Maps and times will be provided soon.  Lunch will be enjoyed at a longer stay at the second pond on the tour.  The club will provide box lunches for $5 each for those who reserve it in advance.  The next event will be the President’s Party on Fri Aug 31st at 6 PM at Jerry and Carol Hunter’s Home – 5458 Escondido Drive (80918) – to start your Labor Day Weekend off right. Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

July
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports I just can’t bring myself to put together a happy club report with all the pain and fear going on in our city right now because of the fire. I know many of us are in evacuated areas – please know that we are thinking of you and hope to hear soon that you, your loved ones, and your homes are OK.  Our normal meeting date would be July 4 – we have plans for a meeting the FOLLOWING WEEK, on July 11 – but I think we should wait and see how things are in the city before going ahead with that plan. I will let you know. But please note that there is NO MEETING on July 4.  Many people have asked about the effect of ash and fire debris on the pond and koi – as far as I can figure out, it should not harm the fish. Ash is alkaline, and could raise the pH if a lot of it gets into the pond. If your koi are uncomfortable or flashing, a water change is probably the best thing to do. If your pond is without power, and you have no generator, there is not much you can do to keep oxygen in the water except to manually agitate the water (buckets of water poured into the pond from a height) or possibly spray fresh water into the pond. I sincerely hope we don’t have a lot of losses due to power outages.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

June
Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has had a busy spring. We’ve made available group purchases for koi food and Japanese koi. Members of the club got to order kohaku, shiro utsuri, and/or showa. With the volume discount we were able to order beautiful fish that generally aren’t available in our area. Our next activity is our annual koi re-homing auction held on June 9th in Colorado Springs.  Check out their website at www.socokoi.org.

May
No Report

April
No Report

March
Jan Thompson, reports their Mar meeting was scheduled for the 7th at the Rockrimmon Library when they were to

make final decisions on koi to be purchased this Spring and group food purchases. Jan has stepped down as the club’s AKCA Dir/Rep and has been replaced by Phil Goulding. Jan did a great job representing the club and her cheerful personality will be missed.

February
Jan Thompson, of Southern Colorado KC, reports their Anti-Freeze Party is coming up on Feb. 18 and they have so few “reservations” that those who do show up will need some big take’home bags.  PLEASE RSVP ASAP!  It’s being held at Southside Johnny’s.  They will soon see 3 types of Japanese koi available for a group purchase and be able to pick one.  There is also an upcoming koi food buy from Kodama.  So bring your checkbook or your credit card in case you haven’t paid your dues – or if you just want to get a koi this spring.

January
Jan Thompson, of Southern Colorado KC, reports their first meeting of the year will be in Feb.  Their weather continues wild and wacky – but, hey, what’s new?  Stay tuned for a year filled with fun SoCoKoi events for all!