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2018 November Newsletter

Featured Koi

Sanke Koi FishSanke

Welcome to the newest section of our newsletter. Because so many of our customers are pond and koi owners, we have decided to feature a different breed of koi each month.

We introduced Showa last month. Now introducing: Sanke.

Sanke tend to change their markings as they mature, which is why some koi owners confuse their Sanke to be a Kohaku. Ways to tell that your Koi is a Sanke: Sanke have a PURE white base color, with red and black markings above the lateral line of the fish. The lower portion of the lateral line should be all white. Ideally, Sanke have little to no black on their head and the black markings should be balanced. The black markings should also be a deep contrast to the red/white. The fins are either clear, have black stripes, or have black marks that are located on the tips of the fins or closer to the body.

Do you have a Sanke, Showa, or Kohaku in your pond? What is your favorite breed? Email us a picture and introduce us to your favorite Koi! We love hearing from our customers and other Koi enthusiasts.


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Rick Perry installed his first pond in his parents garden when he was only 15 years old! Ponds were built out of concrete back then. His parents still own that home and the original pond has been expanded and rebuilt twice, as the technology in pond liners, pumps, and filters continued to evolve. Rick’s love of water in the garden never went away and for over 16 years he continued to install ponds in his own homes and those of his friends and family. After someone suggested that Rick could make a living off of doing what he loved, Falling Water Designs was born. Rick has been involved in the water garden industry longer than there has been a water garden industry. He is very excited by the continuing innovations that are making it possible for every homeowner to enjoy a low maintenance, affordable water feature in the garden. Rick has been interviewed and featured in Koi World Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Water Features for Every Garden by Helen Nash.