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 East Riding Koi
 



The business was originally formed in 1988…. This was also done by a husband and wife team that of Trevor and Glenis Pearson.

Trevor has since sadly passed away but Glenis has now moved to a new and smaller property to enjoy a well deserved retirement.

We are proud to have the opportunity to take over one of the UK’s finest Koi and aquatic based equipment sites….


Susan - waiting to take your order...

Below is a photo of Trevor with his wife Glenis, who were the original owners and directors of the company. Glenis was also heavily involved in the day to day running and who did most of the packing of the orders as they came in.  Chris, Sue and their team will now be taking care of all your needs and if you require any information or advice then please do not hesitate to contact us ..

Below you will find the notes on the pond that was created by Trevor & Glenis and which was always so much admired and written about - we feel that many of our customers may still be interested in seeing some of the photographs of that pond as it was being constructed and so we have left these in and we trust they will be useful and give you a few ideas for your own project….sadly this pond has now been filled in to make way for a new housing development

 

Written in his own words by the founder of East Riding Koi Co.. Trevor Pearson……

The pond took just nine months to construct with myself and two friends working every day, where possible, from dawn to dusk - using where possible a small mechanical digger

with Glenis keeping us well provided with cups of Tea and Scones .... It was a mammoth task to take on but once started we had to see it though to the bitter end. Thousand upon thousands of tons of soil and rubble were shifted until we had the basic shape of what we were after ... and many features you see today were actually thought of as the pond began to look more like a pond rather than a construction site ....

 

Eventually it really did begin to take shape and look something like a pond and what we had drawn out on paper ! We needed 'Rocks' and lots of them .. so we visited a quarry about 40 miles away which was quarrying 'Yorkshire Limestone' - when we looked at these pieces that were being blown from the walls of the quarry we took an immediate liking to the stone and decided to opt for that - all together we shipped in over 75 ton of this Yorkshire Limestone - blocking the main road in the process as the 'Bob Cat' (mechanical bucket) which we had ordered had not been delivered - so we ended up for that night placing lights round it so that cars and other vehicles would not crash into it ...

Hundreds of Plants, Tree's and Shrubs were brought in and planted in an attempt to bring a bit of nature to the stark gray rocks and pond .... and now over 7 years later the plants, tree's etc. have become well established and we feel that we have now achieved our aim and the ultimate in Koi ponds .... 

The Pond has its own filtration house in which we have One Prime Vortex and 8 Biological Vortex Units all being 6ft tall x 54" diameter and each holds approximately 400 gallons. There are 3 x 60 watt 'Yamitsu' Ultra Violet Clarifiers - two power skimmers which run through a separate system to the main filtration units and from the 3/4 hp ITT Marlow Pump the water is forced through a Sand Pressure Filter - one of the UV's and back to the pond via two Venturi's ... The main system has 4 pumps each delivering 3,000 gallons each back to the pond - two via the 12 ft waterfalls and two via to further venturi's ... giving a total turnover rate of 12,000 gph. 

As you would expect ... the maintenance program for such a large pond and filtration system is very high and very labour intensive ... so much so that somehow in our busy schedule I have to find the time to spend an average of 1.5 to 2.00 minutes per week ... which involves opening the 3" slide valves fitted to the bottom of each of the 9 vortex units to 'flush' out the filth that has gathered during the week... and that is how a correctly designed filter system can benefit anyone who has - or is about to install a Koi Pond ... It's no use having a Koi Pond and a poor filtration system that is going to take almost all of your spare time to service and maintain the system ... that to me is far more than just a labour of love…….. 

If you did not go to the photographs earlier ... then please do have a look at them and you are more than welcome to take copies of them if they will help you with your own particular project ... 

A little bit about ourselves… Chris and Sue Akrill 

Our business started off with the germ of an idea in a young boy more interested in keeping fish and all that goes along with them, than doing his prep homework…. 

That of course is some considerable time ago now… almost 30 years to be exact… 

After several years of working within the garden centre trade, the day finally came when it was decided it was time to go it alone….. 

Our original retail outlet in 1991 was very small in terms of floor space about two hundred square feet in total, but we still managed to have a ‘pond’ in the middle of the floor holding small Koi and other pond fish…

We still have people come to us now saying things like ‘do you remember when I bought those little Koi off you in your first shop? Well they are two foot long now’!!

Around three of the walls, floor to ceiling there were situated glass tanks holding all the tropical and fancy cold water species that space would permit…

With dry goods covering the remaining spare wall it was a very ‘packed’ space…

Summer saw as many trays of marginal plants and water lilies as would stand outside (and that we could find floor space for at night)! We also did pre-formed ponds, pond liners and waterfalls too but they had to be stored in the garage at home along with numerous pipes and fittings etc…. 

In 1996 we moved to bigger premises, at first we did rather wonder how we were suddenly going to fill all this extra space…. We need not have worried…. Yes, you have guessed, there we were several years on and this space was also packed from floor to ceiling….. Summer time would bring day visitors with dogs needing leads as they had come for the day and forgotten that most important of items. Mistaking us for a pet shop, instead of aquatics they would come and beg us for string. One year we gave away three whole balls in lead sized lengths!!!!! That was when we decided to open a doggy type section. Mind you we do have two Jack Russels and a German Shepherd who always went to work with us, so we understand people becoming confused!!!

But in turn this led us to in early 2000 launching our pet section with great success….

There is now a vast array of goods available to todays fish keepers and we do our utmost best to stock the most popular and sought after products…. From the marine aquarist right down to the first time fish keeper who has won a gold fish at the fair… 

Of course we are now proud to be able to supply the many and specialized pieces of equipment to the Koi keeper also…..  

We hope that we can follow the lead set by Trevor and Glenis…..  

Our best wishes to you all - happy Koi keeping !.........

 

    email: sales@koicarp.net

Our Pond

The Original Pond at the previous home of East Riding Koi


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Please contact us if we can help in any matter <sales@koicarp.net>

This Website was last updated on the 29 May, 2014