These testimonials come from Internet forums and emails during the period between 2002 and 2006. Most of the forums are no longer available.
December 3, 2002: My Torazo Sanke took Grand Champion at the North FL show. Of course, many things go into developing a Grand Champion (water quality, food, genetics, etc.), but I have been only using your clay since I first got it. I think your clay helped improve my water quality as well as helping the luster of the Koi's skin.
August 11, 2018: Hi Gene. Hope you are doing well. I heard a rumor that you may start producing Koi Clay again. Sources of quality clay have become scarce. One guy that is selling clay used to sell a good one but then had to get a new source. He asked me to try it and I believe it was mostly sodium bentonite as when water was added it became a large clump. Let me know if/when you get clay ready as I will want to try it some then buy 50lbs if it is as good as yours was in the past.
After reading your product information about the mineral content of Koi Clay and that plants can benefit from it as well as fish, I decided to mix about a half cupful of the clay in with the soil in each container when we repotted our water lilies early last summer. I don't know if we can give credit to the clay, but we sure had multiple blooms all summer on all eight of our different water lilies last year. We know several people with ponds and visited many of them last year. I didn't see one with as many blooms as we had all summer. I'm not going to risk not using it for our water plants next year!
Koi Clay is one of the very best products I have ever used. After only two weeks I noticed clearer water and my koi were much deeper in color and more active. Koi Clay is not expensive and is worth a try.
We have been using Gene's clay now for about 3 months and our water has less particulates in it now. Our water always looked really good and now it is just sparkling. We will begin adding it to our koi's diet , this week. We finally got our Iseki paste food. We have always used refresh clay, but we will give Gene's a try this year mixed in with our Izeki paste food. The results should be interesting.
Around March, "Fred" our first and largest goldfish became ill (head down, fin up), and I proceeded to research and find out what to do, and what to buy to "fix" him (I did not want to give up on him). Well, nothing I tried worked and he hung on for about 2 more months. (I now think he ate a pebble during a warm spell and couldn't digest it) Anyway, all during this time the water quality got worse, the other fish were not eating very much, and I kept trying clarifying chemicals, water changes, bacteria, etc., but even the string algae was not growing like it usually does in the spring. Plants were not growing, water was pea soup, couldn't see any of the other 6 fish to check their condition.....things were not good. I have never had a serious problem like this before and didn't know what else to try (other than doing nothing which also didn't work).
I found during my research some info. about the benefits of "Koi Clay", and how it could detoxify the water and fish. Well, I figured after trying just about every chemical additive out there, I might as well try this - the benefits I read about seemed almost too good to be true. But I also knew after adding all these different additives to "fix" Fred and the water, and with the problem getting any plants to grow, it was time to de-toxify! The clay arrived in the mail and I immediately gave a big dose to the pond water and fed some to the fish by adding some to the fish food, and prayed that something would improve.
Wow! Exactly one week later, the "carpet" algae on the sides has appeared, the water is crystal clear, the fish are happy and hungry, and the plants are starting to grow like crazy! This stuff was the solution I had sought for so long!
I will now add some to the fish food by dusting it on some moistened pellets and add some to the water each week. I'm also considering taking a bath with it for myself! I just cannot believe the difference it has made in my small pond - it really seems like a miracle cure!
I haven't read any other success stories about "koi clay" like mine but hope my experience might help someone else who can't find a cure for their pond or fish. I just wish I knew about "koi clay" before I lost Fred - this stuff might have helped him survive! BTW - many thanks to all the contributors for all the great info. on this forum - I learned about "koi clay" from a post here.
As some of you know......my pond has been a chocolate brown with green, for a few weeks after something drained most of my pond and I had to refill. The brown coming from the good algae on the sides that died and flaked off (my pond is 15' x 15' and it was down almost 3 ft - that’s lots of dead algae). The green is the green pea soup from adding new water.......the pond has been a mess.
I have been cleaning my big mechanical filter every other day, and I put in a sump pump with the hose going to the bottom of my shop vac filled with batting - and have been cleaning that every day. I couldn't even see the lily pots 2 ft down.....depressing. So many fines - it just didn't seem to be clearing at all. Last week, I ordered some koi clay from Gene......and it came yesterday. As soon as I got it, I put in a dose and a half - HOPING it would start somehow clumping some of the fines floating around.
Well, this morning, I went out, and could not only see the lily pots, but could make out the 4 rocks I have in each corner to help keep the liner down during high water in the spring. Miracle - it’s a miracle.
I added another normal dose and will do another in 2 days. I cleaned the filters...they were worse than normal, and will shop vac Sunday when I have a day off.
This stuff is amazing ~ my neighbor asked if I had drained the pond and added new water cause she said "it was green yesterday”?
Also my water hyacinth have had a growth spurt of new shoots. The final test came on the weekend when my waterfall and one side of the pond collapsed dumping rock and mud into the pond ~ so much for my clear water. Tossed in a couple spoonful’s of KC and honestly I am not being paid to endorse this product but it was gin clear the next day ~ just had to suck up a little debris from the bottom.
I did have to rinse my filter pads every day when I was first clearing the pond (they were bad) but now that it's clear I don't need to rinse as often.
I use Gene's Koi Clay in my pond (crystal clear water) and on my plants too. This clay is amazing!
I Started using it about 3 weeks ago , & put it in the 1st 2 weeks a couple times a week , now I am only putting it in once a week , I have noticed that the String Algae that had slowly started to grow in the creek has gone & i *thought* the fish seemed brighter , the whites whiter , the red redder etc. etc. , BUT yesterday My cousin came over & made a comment that proved it was just my hopeful eyes fooling me , she said Allen , what has made the fish seem brighter ? I said KOICLAY!
ANYONE who has a pond, you really need to try this stuff, it works GREAT! I have to be honest, I thought it might be good for the fish, BUT i had no idea a redneck like myself could really see a difference & what cheaper way to rid yourself of String Algae?