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  • July 07, 2018 6:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well Friday morning at 6am I was winging my way up to San Rafael to work on a pond at an elementary school. Mary from KOI had contacted me for advice and I as usual said," hey Ill come up and help you".

    Seems the vortex was a sludge heap the filter pit was a sludge heap and we wanted to not only clean the vortex and the pit but replace the bulky pads with matala, one of each color.

    I checked all the drain valves and they worked ,but the vortex one was clogged with sludge and clay with rocks. After playing with that for over an hour I finally got it to drain. I got in the pond and placed a 3 inch plumbers plug into the drain and while I was trying to tighten it it got sucked into the drain line FUDGE. So now on top of everything else I have to figure out how to pull it out from the line it is about 15 feet or so down the line It stopped at the first 90. My hope is to get a 1/2" snake today and pull it back out the drain. So I continued to clean the vortex and finally after 2 hours or so It was clean like new.

    On to the filter pit, no bottom drain in there, duh. I jumped in and when I was lowering myself in I slipped and my right arm did a lot of creaking and pulling. I cant use my right arm. Think I pulled all the muscles from the shoulder to the elbow, lets just say OW. 

    Got all the pads lugged out of the pit, kind of a mini JFG set up as far as trying to heave the pads out wet and dirty. Got them out and then used a pond vac to start lowering that pit, is is about4x4x 5 foot deep.

    While that was draining I filled the vortex over full to create a backflow to try and dislodge the drain plug, no go.

    After the filter pit was drained I jumped in and cleaned out all the sludge  and found the inflow fitting  had separated slightly from the liner and no way to easily remove the the fitting. Sometimes I hate fixing ponds. The ground is all clay so we figured its been this way for sometime, lets see what happens if we fill it back up. Seemed ok but today I am going to drain it again and fix it.

    New pads are in and ready to go I just need to get that plug out and fix bottom of the filter liner. All by 3 pm as I have to be at airport by 4 for return flight home GRRRRRRR

  • July 06, 2018 5:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi everyone. As many of you may know a couple of us in the club recently completed Koi Health Courses. Linda Pluth completed the AKCA course and is now  KHA certified. John Svelan and Myself Jerry Myers have completed the KOI course for advanced and are now Certified koi Keepers. Both of the organizations offer scholarships and are something to look into. 

    Vagabond Koi rescue has sponsored scholarships and our own Jamie Kanes is a recipent of one and is presently on her 4th course out of 9.

    Vagabond has also made arrangements with KOI to sponsor 10 more scholarships. I feel it important to have the knowledge to help our koi to the best of our abilities.

    This batch of 10 scholarships is to be awarded by KOI to people all over the globe who want to further their knowledge of koi and hopefully enhance the local clubs knowledge of the hobby

    More to follow


  • July 05, 2018 7:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As many of you know I am presently working to upgrade the "bling" to our present site. It is a bit of a challenge as I have never used this web builder. I have hit a couple of walls but am slowly working my way thru them. 

    At the moment I have made the blog section something that all active members can contribute to, so lets see if I did it correctly and chime in will you?

    If you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to let me know.


  • August 08, 2017 12:28 AM | Deleted user
    Tribute Pulled from the K.O.I. Website http://www.koiorganisationinternational.org/

    Ken Austin passed away on July 28, 2017

    Ken was the Chairman of the Board here at K.O.I., and was the Instructor for Construction, Transport, Pond Modifications and Show Water Quality - all of which he helped write. He was our go-to guy for research, and had an extensive Koi library and an un-ending thirst for scientific knowledge. He brought professionalism to everything he did. No job was too big or too small. He jumped in and helped with all K.O.I. projects, and was the driving force in setting up the Drupal version of the K.O.I. web site. Ken loved teaching and sharing his enthusiasm for Koi pond science. Ken developed and ran a hands-on learning session about Koi anesthesia at the K.O.I. lab held at PNKCA in 2015. Ken engineered his own pond and many others in the El Paso area. He loved his pond and Koi, and built a Japanese-style pagoda of his own design to serve as a lovely place to sit and drink coffee and feed the fish. Several years ago, he decided he wanted to learn more about aquaponics, so he set up a hoop-greenhouse, and grew a fascinating array of pond plants and few household vegetables using the nutrients from a tank of Koi he had rescued. He frequently gave away (or sold for pennies) his extra Koi and plants to local Koi club members. Ken hosted club meetings yearly, and along with his wife Susie, they provided an amazing food extravaganza, and a wonderful garden to visit. He was famous for raiding his own stash of supplies in order to measure out a correct dose of a medication and deliver it for free to a pond owner in need - just because he could help. Ken was a master with his Big Green Egg, and started a BGE club in El Paso where other enthusiasts could share recipes and techniques. Ken generously shared his time and knowledge of all his hobbies with his friends, neighbors and Koi club members. He has left a legacy that few 'experts and Koi professionals' can match - because he actually researched and accomplished projects rather than just pontificating about how things should be done. And he did it all with good will, humor and a joy in learning that was unequaled. Thank you Ken! Karen Pattist

    Ken was a thoughtful and effective worker for Koi Organisation International where he served as Chairman of the Board since the organization’s inception. He strongly valued truth and once said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts.” He was a mentor to his students, a lecturer at conventions and club meetings and a significant contributor to the advancement of the Koi hobby. And maybe more importantly, Ken was a nice guy. He will be missed.
    Spike Cover

    Ken was a very important member of the Southwest Koi and Pond Association. His title was Second Vice President and in addition to his VP duties, he designed and printed our monthly News Letter, which is circulated to all our club members each month. Ken was a graduate of the Koi Health Advisor program and an Associate member of the Koi Organization International (K.O.I.) where he served as an instructor in the training program. During his association with these programs, Ken became very knowledgeable of everything associated with Koi and Koi Ponds. He was a very valuable member of our Koi Club, where he served as our expert person to go to when Koi and pond problems occur. Our Club Members will really miss Ken as a technical resource and most of all as a personal friend to all our members.
    Don Harrawood, SKAPA

    Living in the UK, I only met Ken in person once, when my wife and I attended the PNKCA Convention in Spokane. I found him to be a very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful man, both in person and in the many emails we had exchanged over the years. Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” Ken was a man who freely gave his time, enthusiasm and his considerable knowledge in order to help others and to help increase the general pool of knowledge in the Koi keeping hobby. He was a genuine person who gave, not because he had to, but because he wanted to. Sue also sends her condolences and regrets that we were not able to accept Ken’s invitation for us to travel over and stay with him. Rest in peace Ken, you will be missed and remembered.
    Syd Mitchell

    I very much appreciated Ken as an instructor as I went through the CKK studies, and I am learning all the time more about all of the behind the scenes work he did to help create and maintain our Organisation. I certainly extend my deepest sympathy to all of his family, friends, and loved ones, and will continue working to strengthen the organisation that he loved so much.
    Jeff Rasche

    Ken was the warmest guy or instructor I ever have. My deepest sympathy to his family. Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help us through this difficult time. He is Forever Remembered, Forever Missed.
    Tson Dang

    Ken was such a great, generous spirit! I'm glad I got to 'skype' meet him. Katy Shanafelt

    Even though I never meet Ken, I have been privileged to know him through all of the wonderful educational information he was able to give to us Koi kichi people. People like Ken don't come around often, but when they do, they make a wonderfully huge impact on those around him. His legacy will live in the minds and hearts of all that love these beautiful creatures called koi. My heart goes out to all of his friends and family. He will be very much missed in this community. Rest in peace dear friend.
    Barb Flowers

    All of us in the koi world will miss his knowledge.
    Diana Lynn Rehn

    Ken was my Koi mentor While I was trying to take the Certified Koi Keepers exams, he was very friendly and patient with me. He was also always available to address the issues we had with ponds in our local club. Ken impressed me with his advanced expertise in a lot of engineering applications, and his common sense and creativity to figure out how to improve our ponds. It was a pleasure to work with Ken on editing numerous publications for Koi Organisation International. We will miss him dearly.
    Marc Descollonges ¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸><)))º>

    I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Ken in Idaho when he was helping with the PNKCA Convention. Had a chance to sit across from him at dinner, and then had a chance to watch him at work during the wet lab. I also took the pond construction class from Ken, and can attest to his willingness to encourage and to be patient. This is a huge loss for the koi community, and K.O.I., of course.
    Nancy Moore

    Ken was very helpful in helping me pass CKK and solving a problem with my pond.
    Ed Broomfield

    Ken was very helpful in helping me pass CKK and solving a problem with my pond.
    Ed Broomfield

    On behalf of the Koi Club of San Diego, Ken you will be missed.

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