Here I go again, off on some crazy tangent, right? Horses and ponds have NOTHING in common! But I think they do. Let me know your thoughts.
Horses are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. You start off with a pony, then outgrow him so you have to get a trail horse. Then you decide you want to compete in horse shows, so you need a fancy show horse. Then you decide you want to do dressage….it goes on, but I’ll stop. 😉
When it comes to ponds, people often start off with the Home Depot starter kit. It’s the equivalent of a pony.
A little pond to get your feet wet, barely large enough to house a few goldfish and a water lily, and BAM!!! You’re hooked like a trout on a line.
You love the gorgeous colors of the lilies, the friendly fish begging for food when you come home from work, the peaceful sound of the little waterfall lulling you to dreamland every night. It’s amazing, and suddenly your new, favorite hobby.
Very quickly, you outgrow this little pony, and it’s time to move on to a nice safe trail horse.
You build, or have built: a new pond big enough to house koi, (potato chips in their own right), plant 3 or 4 lilies; and begin to drive your friends and family crazy with non-stop koi pond talk and photos of your new obsession.
Now, you discover KOI SHOWS!!! How cool is it to be able to show off your gorgeous fish and hang out with other koi enthusiasts who, just like you, can spend hours talking about the ever changing color of their Shiro Utsuri.
Your family breathes a sigh of relief as you traipse off to a new show every month, and cease to plague them with “My koi is so cool” stories.
This means, you guessed it, a whole new fancy koi pond, for your fancy show koi.
Six feet deep, with bottom drains, external filters, UV for clarity, and the peaceful hum of the pumps that keep your precious wet pets alive, lulling you to sleep at night.
So, you see, much like horses, the obsession with koi can change your life.
If you have any horse-crazy people in your life that you think are just plain nuts, consider you may now be the crazy koi guy, spending hours consuming The Pond Digger YouTube videos like other people watch Netflix.
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