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Hello Everyone,

January 2018 Meeting

Our January 2018 meeting of the Orlando Area Koi & Pond Club will be held on Saturday, January 13, 11:00 am, at the home and pond of Henry and Leslie Culpepper, 2054 Kensington Run Drive, Orlando, FL 32828.  This will be a joint meeting with the East Coast Koi Club.  Henry will give us the latest information about the fast approaching Central Florida Koi Show (CFKS) coming up March 9-11, 2018.  I believe everyone is looking forward to returning to our old venue location on International Drive.  

Henry sent me pictures and information about two very large and beautiful koi he would like to rehome with proceeds going to the CFKS.  He is having to make room in his pond for new arrivals once again.  These are both big female koi bred by Toshio Sakai.  The Showa is 85cm (33.5”) with a great body and good skin but who has lost most of her beni.  If she loses all her beni, she will make a great Shiro Utsuri.  The Kohaku is 80cm (31.5”) and was the Grand Champion at the 2013 North Florida show.  Henry originally bought her due to her incredible beni and skin.  Even though she is past her show days, Henry says she could make a very good brood fish for someone looking to breed koi with hi quality beni and skin.  They will go to the highest bidder, which may mean someone gets a big koi for just a few hundred dollars.

Henry also has a Clarity Protein Skimmer with the proper sized pump.  This causes the unwanted proteins in the water to foam and then the foam is skimmed off the top of the water flow just prior to exit from the filter.  The combination retails for over $1000.  Henry bought the filter and pump last spring to try out on his pond, but with his low stocking rate, he does not need it.  It would be good for anyone who has a lot of proteins causing bubbles/foam on the surface of their pond.  Henry will let the filter and pump go for only $250.

Ron will be taking dues from anyone who has not already paid their dues for 2018.  And I will be passing around a sign-up sheet for those wanting to host a meeting in 2018.

Our Club officers for 2018 are:

President            -  Rob Forbis

Vice President     -  Sam Schult

Treasurer           -  Ron Wehrheim

Secretary           -  Kim Hafley

Kim Hafley



Pondside Newsletter

October 2, 2017

Hello Members and Invited Guests,

The September Club meeting at the home of Roger and Jill Rath was a huge success.   Roger tells me that the clean-up alone for the meeting took him and Joseph and helpers more than 200 manhours.  And you could tell it.  The ponds and the property were beautiful.  You really couldn't tell a hurricane had just blown through.  We all really appreciate your hard work.  Carl Forss and Gary Elmore had brought some spectacular gosanke koi to be judged and some really unique tosai for the members to purchase for their own koi collections.  Boy, that judging process is quite complicated.  I may have picked a couple in the same order as the judges, Henry, Joe and Gary, but not many.  We are lucky to have such good judging right here in Florida.  And Jill provided a real Octoberfest lunch for our members and guests.  What a treat that was!  Thank you, Jill.

October Meeting

The October meeting of the Club will be at the home and pond of Chris and Diane Schroettinger, Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 am to about 1:00 pm.  Their home is located at 1815 Woodlawn Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, a good central location for everyone.  Chris and Sam Schult are going to talk about breeding goldfish and koi in the backyard.  Sam will be bringing pictures of his parent koi for his spring Shiro Utsuri spawn, and some pictures of the young koi.  Sam will be talking about maintaining water quality for the fry among other issues for proper breeding.  He encourages members to make a list of questions they may have on the subject, just in case anyone would like to venture into breeding.  Chris has been breeding beautiful Japanese Wakin goldfish for the past few years and has had many successful spawns and a couple of excellent selling opportunities at the Central Florida Koi Show.  But just judging from the outside, like I do, this breeding and raising koi fry is a time consuming undertaking requiring quite a bit of patience.

Club business may include appointing a Nominating Committee to give us a list of members who are willing to be our 2018 Club Officers.

November and December Meetings

The November meeting is scheduled to be held at the home of Maria Gonzalez and Gary Quick, 13774 Walcott Avenue, Orlando, FL 32827 (date and time to be determined later).  A representative of Blackwater Creek Koi Farm is scheduled to give us a presentation.

Our December meeting and Christmas Party will be at the home and pond of Ray and Pat Cornell, 1426 Carriage Oaks Court, Ocoee, FL 34761 (date and time to be determined later).  The Club will provide the turkey and ham main course, and members are invited to bring a specialty dish of your choice to complement the dinner.


Judy Awalt wrote to our Facebook with the following offer:  

Because of a back injury, they can no longer care for the pond and fish.  "We have a Koi pond 12 x 16 with 8 large Koi and aprox. 10 fancy tail chubupkins." If interested, call 352-235-0718.

Judy and her husband live in Plymouth, Florida.

ORLANDO AREA KOI & POND CLUB                                         January 26, 2017 

Hello Club Members and Guests,

Happy New Year to all present and past members of the Orlando Area Koi & Pond Club.  We are beginning this year with new leadership and a new direction.  

This year’s officers are: President  -  Roger Rath

Vice President  -  Rob Forbis

Treasurer  -  Ron Wehrheim

Secretary  -  Kim Hafley

Roger Rath has agreed to take charge of the Club this year as President.  Although he is a busy person being Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCF College of Medicine, he is enthusiastic about growing the Orlando Koi Club.  He has already signed up Dr. Denise Petty, an aquaculture veterinarian at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville; and Carolyn Weise of Ecological Laboratories (Microbe-Lift) to discuss optimizing koi health and disease diagnosis and prevention to come and give presentations to our members at one of the scheduled meetings.  And all meetings will include at least a short informative talk related to koikeeping.  We may also ask each host to briefly tell how he or she got into the koi hobby, to tell or show members about their particular filtration system, and to tell of any problems they may have encountered along the way.  Another feature of each meeting will be a question and answer session for any member who is experiencing a problem.  There are usually very experienced koi hobbyists at each meeting who may be able to answer your question.

Additionally, if anyone has an idea how we can make our Club more inclusive and interesting for all the members, send your ideas to Kim.

The February meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  It will be held at Roger and Jill Rath’s home located at 1750 Country Club Road, Eustis, FL 32726.  Dr. Denise Petty, a board-certified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine, will speak about prevention of disease in koi.  She represents North Florida Aquatic Veterinary Services.  She will present useful information at a pondside chat.  She has promised to furnish members with useful information to keep our koi healthy and use the KISS principle of keeping "it" simple.  For more information about Dr. Petty and her work at North Florida Aquatic Veterinary Services, go to the following link.



Perhaps you can bring another member with you if you are planning to attend the meeting.  Let me know if you would like a ride, and I will see what I can do to connect you with someone who is coming.  Roger and Jill would like an RSVP in order to plan for the lunch.  Please let Kim know as soon as you can if you plan to come to the February meeting.

February Meeting Bonus:

There will be two raffles donated by Roger’s koi girlfriends (raffles for members only):  First will be a raffle for what every koikeeper needs for his koi pets – good quality koi food by Saki-Hikari in medium and large pellets.  Second will be a raffle for what koikeepers themselves need – good food in the form of certificates to restaurants by Brinker International, Inc. (Chilli’s and Maggiono’s, to name a couple).

January’s meeting was held at the home of Henry and Leslie Culpepper.  I noticed a beautiful young Asagi in Henry’s pond this time, in addition to his beautiful big girls.  Henry and Mike McMahon gave us an update on the upcoming Central Florida Koi Show scheduled for March 10, 11 and 12.  This year it is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Universal, 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 (located across from the Universal Studios theme park), a new venue for us.  Most of the activity will be under the tents in the parking area.  All vendor spots have already been taken, so this will be a full show.  You can find all necessary information and forms at the website www.CFKS.org.  Think about showing some of your special koi or goldfish pets this year!

To keep Ron from getting a headache, please send your Club dues to him at 923 Guernsey Street, Orlando, FL 32804 (if you haven’t already paid), or plan to pay them at the February meeting.  The yearly dues are still $24 for a single membership and $36 for family membership.  

By the end of the February meeting, we hope to have all the meetings for this year and January and February of next year scheduled.  It is preferred that meetings are held the third weekend of each month.  Please be thinking whether you can commit to hosting a meeting this year.  Months still needing a host are:  April, June, October, November, December, and January and February of 2018.  

Thank you to past officers of OAK&PC and thank you to past members.  We really hope you consider joining our Club again this year.  

Kim Hafley