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Koi Club of San Diego

Volume 22 Issue 12





by Lenore Wade

A huge thank you to all of you who braved the cold and the wind to come to our November meeting. For those of you who couldn’t come, you missed a fun time, thanks to our hosts, John and Nikki Schultz. Their kindness and the atmosphere of the pond and surroundings makes their home one to visit again and again.

The club is putting out an appeal for help from our membership. We are in need of a new VP of Programs. Unfortunately, Will had to resign because of work and time involvements. We thank him for his service. It is not a difficult position, and one that the other members help with. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a member of the Board.

Greg Ruth, our membership chairman, will leave his position in February. He and his wife have a new travel-trailer and want to explore our world. Again, it is not a demanding position. It usually takes only a couple of hours a month to manage. It is a computer driven operation. Greg will train whoever steps forward to help the club.

The December meeting will be a Christmas celebration at the home of Frank and Nancy Cannizzaro at 11727 Invierno Drive in Tierra Santa. They will provide all the food and drink. They ask that you not bring food and no need to bring a chair. For the past few years, they have hosted the Christmas meeting. We will also have a White Elephant gift exchange…Bring one, take one.  Koi Jack is the festive leader of the exchange. Hope you can make it.

Be sure to read Koi Jack’s Health article. Remember, as the weather gets colder, our fish need us to love them enough to not feed them like we usually do.

In closing, I want to share a special time I had yesterday. On the third Tuesday of each month, entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden is FREE. I go and spend the time from 10 to 12 talking about Koi and answering questions. Meeting locals and world-wide visitors is great fun. On the free days, groups from a variety of local schools come with their sponsors and teachers so they get a chance to enjoy an unusual day. Yesterday, a young girl about 10 who has Down’s Syndrome was fascinated with the fish. She sat on one of the rocks, crossed her legs and watched the fish, and talked with anyone close enough who wanted to listen. She sat there for more than a half hour. I was so grateful for her chaperone who just stood back and let the child enjoy her moment in time.

We all have so much to be grateful for. Have a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season.

December Koi Club of San Diego Meeting

December 11th, 2022

Social hour - 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Meeting begins at 1 pm

If you have any koi related issues or questions, bring them to the meeting! 



11727 Invierno Drive

San Diego, CA 92124



bring or wear anything containing cinnamon;

you do not need to bring food or a chair.

We will be doing a Secret Santa gift exchange, please bring a gift under $25 if you would like to participate.

Koi Club of San Diego Ponder Profile

by John Svelan, photography by Bill Newell and Phyllis Spoor

Nancy and Frank Cannizzaro

Frank & Nancy reside in a one of a kind home on a canyon ridge in a quiet neighborhood of Tierrasanta. In the 15 years they have lived there, they have transformed the house and yard into a nature paradise surrounded by eclectic treasures created by the talented couple. Nancy, a former Engineer, is the artist and Frank, a Financial Analyst, is the builder… mostly. Having said that, Frank will tell you that Nancy built the 6,000 gallon koi pond while he built the beautiful arbor that covers it. Regardless of how you slice the projects you’ll find that teamwork is definitely the key to making this home a paradise. As you will see in the photos, every direction is filled with a jaw dropping surprise. One example is the

Huge Octopus that Nancy constructed from pvc pipe and papier-mache. When asked why is it sitting on top of a fence? the answer became obvious… it catches the rainwater off the roof in one tentacle and disburses the water to the canyon through 

the other seven! I should have known that I guess.  I might add that Nancy recycles ‘everything’ into some new form of artwork from bottle caps to plant cuttings… nothing goes to waste!

The beautiful pond with several full size bridges is the home of 9 medium size very healthy koi that were adopted through the Vagabond Koi Rescue Program. Nancy says the pond is crystal clear because she incorporates plants throughout the entire system. They also have a fully enclosed smaller pond where they can observe 15 or so baby koi from their family room that were born in their pond. Frank explained that living on a canyon and so close to nature you have to definitely work in harmony. For example… they had a bee problem. It was hot, the bees were thirsty and the pond was the place to find a little refreshment. No biggie right? Well maybe not until they told their friends about this cool place. Before long hundreds of bees were dropping by for a visit. Frank and Nancy figured out that if they placed a watering trough with a few plants closer to the canyon rim the bees might like it better. They did. Problem solved! So what about the 6’ tall Heron that comes to visit? That’s another story for another day as they say and we look forward to hearing lots more. Thank you Frank & Nancy for sharing your home and your Ponder Profile! 



Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm

(earlier if you are ordering food)


2691 Navajo Road

El Cajon, CA 92020 


Carla Montijo & Michael Ramirez


by "Koi Jack" Chapman

"Koi Poop


I often talk a lot about your “koi poop watch”, but I’ve not put it in a KHA Korner article since 2012 AND 2020 so maybe it’s a good time for an updated review.

This time of year, is a good time to remind everyone about what you can learn from "Koi Poop Watch”. Don’t you just love it - but you can tell a few important things by observing the koi poop in the bottom of your pond or worse floating on top of your pond at this or any time of the year.

For my pond early in the morning is the best time to make my evaluation. But first - while not required, an elevated hobbyist practice would for a newly purchased koi include a microscopic fecal slide examination looking for nematode ova (nasty pathogen eggs), intestinal parasites and/or other flagellated protozoa, bacteria, and /or helminth ova (infectious parasitic worm eggs) - like I do for said newly acquired koi prior to adding them to main pond from temporary quarantine 500-gallon system. I have found that the transfer water that your koi has been in will often contain fresh feces that you can collect with a syringe without a needle for your microscopic examination. And, if crazy like me, you can collect a larger sample and spin down in your centrifuge prior to placement of sample on slide.  Yes, I do it even if more than one koi in the bag and this is a good time to do a skin scraping for parasites as you already have the microscope out and the koi available.

Now back to pond poop watch - if you see a lot or an increased amount of fecal material lying on the bottom of your pond it is a clear sign that you are overfeeding at this time of year for your current pond temperature. This is especially true when you can see the shape of the induvial food pellets singularly or even in a row as part of the fecal stream. Your koi's metabolic rate is reduced as water temp is reduced (by half at 18 degrees C or 64F). So, your koi have a reduced requirement for quantity and protein levels and any undigested food is what you see in the fecal material at the bottom of the pond which is directly polluting the water column, increasing the ammonia, reducing the oxygen and ultimately providing the medium for the growth of bad bacteria (Aeromonas causing hole in the side).

When feeding at lower water temperatures say below 62 degrees feed mid-morning is best – so the food will have time to properly be digested.  Feeding in colder temps late afternoon can result in your koi being unable to completely digest the food due to decreased digestive enzyme activity.  This can result in bacterial decay of the remaining undigested food leading to gas formation and bloating within the digestive track, which can resemble dropsy and can lead to koi deaths if not corrected.

I’m a notorious heavy feeder of my koi and trust me I’ve seen this first hand and moved the koi to my 500-gallon isolation tank and no feeding for a week with no fish loss yet. My first late observation of this 12 or so years ago – well I cheated and warmed the water in my isolation tank by 10 degrees over three days and no feeding for 10 days and luckily I did not lose a show quality koi. Some lessons are learned the hard way.

Final note:If you see floating or gelatinous feces, this usually means you have a koi(s) that has (have) indigestion from a scrape/irritation involving the intestinal lining caused by something the koi has eaten. Normal koi feces should sink and dissolve in the water right away. Observing your koi and their fecal material can assist you greatly in evaluating your current feeding schedule and health of your koi.

Stay safe and healthy, while enjoying your koi pond.



Notes from Koi Club of San Diego Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 by Tamsie Pierce

Members Present in person:

Matt Rhoades

Cole Rhoades

Jack Chapman

Lenore Wade

Al Pierce

Julia Schriber

Greg Ruth

Tamsie Pierce 

Called to order at 7:00 PM.

The December meeting will be at the home of Cannizzaros. As in years past we will have a gift exchange with a maximum of $25 per gift - bring one, get one; bring two, get two, etc. Jack Chapman will run the exchange. Koi related items are encouraged.

Also at the December meeting we will nominate an appointment to the position of VP Program due a resignation and thus, a vacancy.

There was a suggestion to create a T shirt for the membership even if we decide not to have a show in 2023. This could consist of just the Koi Club logo rather than a show logo.

Treasurer report was distributed. There was a discussion concerning a raise in dues to cover income, as there are concerns about the bank balance going into the show.

JFG reported no fish issues. The Garden is strongly considering replacing the wooden deck that currently is over the filter. There will be two new fish coming from Japan to the Japanese Friendship Garden pond once they are through quarantine.

KHA - a few phone calls for help - fish with fin rot and some with carp pox.

Membership - 115 members. We will need an interim membership chair to cover at the end of February. Anyone who steps forward now will have some On The Job Training from Greg.

Newsletter- There were some questions on ads.  Currently they are all paying directly for the ad space or are a show sponsor. The deadline is the 20th of the month for articles to be submitted to the newsletter for publication. The 10th of the month submissions are due to Linda Pluth for editing.

Old Business: Koi Show scheduling. Our preferred last weekend of the month is not available in the Activity Center at Del Mar. The fairgrounds are proposing the weekend of April 21-23, 2023. Al & Tamsie Pierce will talk to the fairgrounds in person on Thursday to seek some resolution.

There was a proposal to give Phil Halpern the power of attorney to represent KCSD in tax matters. MSAP (Moved, Seconded, And Passed). Also approved was the $275 filing fee for Non-Profit Status.

New Business: It was proposed to create a committee to choose a tax professional to oversee filing of the non-profit tax form.  The motion was tabled for further discussion.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM

Koi Person of The Year 2022 Lenore Wade



President: Lenore Wade

First VP-Program: Open

Second VP-Venue: Matt Rhoades

Secretary: Tamsie Pierce

Treasurer: Jill Rhoades




Show Chairman 2023: Matt Rhoades

Newsletter editor/

Webmaster: Julia Schriber

Membership Chairman/

Vendor Chairman: Greg Ruth

Koi Health Advisor/

Librarian: Jack Chapman

AKCA Representative: Scotty Yee

Club Historian: Dr. Galen Hansen

Property Manager: Al Pierce

Correspondence Secretary: Shirley Elswick

Japanese Friendship Garden Liaison: Linda Pluth


Koi Health Advisor/

Water Quality: Jack Chapman

Program Suggestions: Will Vukmanic

To Host a Meeting: Matt Rhoades

To Submit an Article: Linda Pluth

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