Lovin' Me Some Summer Time! June 28 2019, 24 Comments
It is officially summer and the great flood of 2019 has receded with a lesser flood underway that is supposed to be about 10' less than the great one! The rain in Arkansas seems to be slowing down, but the bass tournaments at Tar Camp are probably postponed until next year. My pond fish are crazy hungry! I have so many baby bass, catfish, bluegill, and hopefully some pond carp. We need these babies to grow fast since the pond has been fished so well this past year so we are feeding them 52% protein pond fry food. I expect to have some good sized juveniles by fall!
In April, we had a new grandson. Everything I have every heard about being a grandparent is true! We just can't get enough of him!
As of Monday July 1, we will be shipping from a new location. We are participating in a state research and development program and moved our fish food business to that location so we can basically be in two places at one time! We expect brand new fresh inventory to be delivered the week of July 1. Hang tight! It's coming soon!
Our summer sale includes Kenny's Vibrant Vittles Color-Enhancing Floating Pellets for Koi and Goldfish. We are selling this product in bulk packaging to help keep the price low throughout the summer. And don't forget our new formulation of Kenny's Vanishing Vittles with 36% premium protein for both ornamental and pond fish.
Bulk Packaging with Free Shipping. Happy Summer!
WINTER IS UPON US! January 07 2019, 3 Comments
We've had some beautiful weather the past couple of days after a solid week of rain! Just a couple more months to the feeding frenzy!
After an extremely nice holiday break, we are back open for business and shipping on Monday and Wednesday each week. We will stay on this schedule for a few more weeks. Check out our clearance items!
Our son is doing well, and hopefully after another procedure in a couple of weeks, he will be on the road to a lasting recovery. We are so looking forward to this year because we will be grandparents! Not just to cats, but to a human boy as well! We are so blessed!
We are looking forward to 2019, and we are honored to serve you and your fish!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! December 10 2018, 3 Comments
It's hard to believe it is already winter again! As we get older, time sure passes faster! We have decided to close our stores for a few weeks this winter season. As some of you may know, my son as been sick a lot this year with pancreatitis. He had a procedure on November 30th that was supposed to alleviate some of his problems, but complications caused a 7-day hospital stay! He's home now, but he still has some recovering to do. He will go back on January 7th for another procedure. We are praying that this one doesn't land him in the hospital again! Additionally, my husband and I always schedule yearly appointments and vacation time in the winter when business is slow, so we will be knocking out some much needed down time ourselves!
We would like to take this time to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We appreciate your business, and we are looking forward to serving you (and your fish!) again in 2019!
Beautiful Snow Day! January 16 2018, 2 CommentsWe had snow in Central Arkansas! Baby, it's cold outside!
New Cool-Season Products are Here! September 08 2017, 0 Comments
Kenny's Chillin' Chow is back in both large and medium sized pellets, and we now offer sinking pellet sticks!
Feed Fall/Winter diet to koi and other carp until water temp drops to about 50 F.
28% protein floating and sinking diets can be fed to catfish a little longer in the cool season. It is thought that light feeding in the fall/winter may lower the mortality rate of visceral toxicosis of catfish (VTC), a disease contracted mostly in the winter when catfish lose weight. Offer feed to catfish until water reaches 45 F. It is unlikely that catfish will consume feed once the water reaches this temperature.
September is usually a very high-feeding time for our fish, especially in the afternoon around 5 pm. Hope you enjoy feeding your fish (and other critters) as much as we do!
Oh, the weather! September 08 2017, 3 CommentsJust as Harvey wrapped itself up, Irma is on its way to make even more destruction and heartache. Please know that all of you continue to be in our hearts and prayers as you go up against these difficult times.
Praying for Texas! August 30 2017, 4 Comments
We've had a very similar weather pattern this August as we did last August. Lots of rain and unseasonable cool temperatures. We are praying for safety and recovery for everyone in Texas!
Just like last year at this time, some of our product is slow to get here due to Hurricane Harvey. Bear with us, and we will have new stock as quickly as possible!
As we see another September approaching, I am realizing that this year has passed by so unbelievably fast! It will literally be Thanksgiving before we know it! It seems that we are all so busy with everyday life. I hope and pray for peace and comfort for everyone!
Mid-Summer Update August 18 2017, 0 Comments
We had a real sweet break from the August heat, but it looks like its making a comeback! It's back-to-school time with homework and after-school functions keeping families very busy! Don't forget to feed the fish! It will soon be transition time for your outdoor ornamental and pond fish (depending on your geographical location!). Here in the south, we really don't think about fall or winter until Thanksgiving!
When the pond water begins to cool down, most koi keepers and fish hobbyists change to a lower protein diet with added wheat germ. Many of today's pond pellets contain wheat germ even at higher levels of protein. You can feed either either way. It really depends on your preferences.
We will start offering 28% Fall/Winter diet around mid-September!
In the meantime, you can save some cash by choosing our premium 35% protein color-enhancing diet with wheat germ at 10% off through Labor Day! This diet is actually processed specifically for feeding koi and goldfish all year long. We've also included our newest line of 32% premium protein low-dust formula in the 10% off sale. Neither diet contains corn or corn ingredients, and both are very low in dust, making these ideal for outdoor aquariums!
Time passes so quickly. Before you know it, Christmas will roll around again and a whole new year! Enjoy nature! Relax, and feed the fish! A peace of mind is a daily necessity!
Things to Know Before You Build a Koi Pond July 25 2017, 6 Comments
Creating a haven for koi can be a great hobby. However, you need to consider a few tips before going all in with this backyard water feature.
Assess the Situation
Make sure the soil in the area you chose is stable enough support a pond. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds, and a decent sized backyard pond can hold around 200 gallons, so you can see why ground stability is important. It’s also essential to select a site with a good amount of sunlight. The best way for beginners to install a pond is to buy a kit, which includes all the components needed to start the pond (tub, liner, pump, and often a fountain and plants).
Your koi will grow only in relation to the size of the space they’re in. In shallow water, a koi fish, which can reach 3 feet in length, won’t reach its full potential as much as it would in a 5-foot-deep pond.
Fish also tend to get sicker in small ponds because they’re swimming around in water with higher concentrations of their own waste. Deeper ponds equal higher water volume and, thus, cleaner water. The fish are healthier, which also makes it much easier to maintain the right chemical balance. Ensure there’s enough depth to allow the fish to hibernate during winter.
Additionally, deeper ponds make it more difficult for predators like birds, raccoons and cats, to target your fish.
Keep the Water Oxygenated
Adding a waterfall or fountain will circulate the water and keep it oxygenated. By circulating the water, you can keep algae at bay and prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs. The water has to be oxygenated if fish are to live in the pond.
Learn about Koi Pond Maintenance
You'll find exactly zero maintenance-free ponds. Surprisingly, a small pond is actually more difficult to take care of than a larger one. The more water you have in your ecosystem, the easier it is for nature to take over and regulate the environment. Fish need to be fed the best koi food daily, and pump filters need to be changed or cleaned. too many algae are unwanted, it is still very important to have algae in your pond. It’s beneficial as a nutritious food source for fish, especially baby fish, and algae also oxygenate the water.
The plant life in a garden pond not only provides shade to control algae growth but also keeps a cooler water temperature that won’t lower the immune systems of aquatic life in the pond. Many different types of plants can be used in a koi pond: completely submerged plants, floating plants (not rooted in the soil), and marginal plants (rooted in the soil but grow above the water’s surface) tend to thrive very well in the water these ponds provide.
Know What (and When) to Feed Your Koi
In the summer, when temperatures climb above 72 degrees, we recommend feeding your koi 3-4 times a day every day for approximately 10 minutes or 5-6 times a day every day for approximately 5 minutes. When the spring temperatures hover between 60 and 72 degrees, feeding once or twice a day every day for approximately 5 minutes is sufficient. Between 50 and 59 degrees, you can feed 4-5 times a week for approximately 4 minutes. When temps dip to 50 to 54 degrees, feed your fish 2-3 times a week for approximately 2 minutes. And, if the water temperature hovers at 50 degrees, offer food for approximately 2 minutes once or twice a week. When drops below 50 degrees, we recommend not feeding your fish, but it’s important to let them be your guide. If they appear to be hungry, feed them.