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Jannus Live temporarily pulls the plug on its koi pond


It was supposed to be the flashiest element of the new Jannus Live. But after less than two months, the renovated St. Pete concert venue has temporarily pulled the plug on its signature koi pond.

The heat in the 55,000-gallon pond proved too stressful for the colorful fish, and the condensation on the Plexiglas covering was obscuring the pool entirely, so owners are going back to the drawing board.

"We'll have to rip it all apart during the week and put it back together," said Jannus Live owner Jeff Knight. "We've got to fill the glass up completely to keep it from fogging, and the problem is we don't want to endanger any of the fish, so we're going to keep them safe and sound until we get that redone."

Jeff Mendoza of Jeff’s Koi House in Largo, which maintains the pond, said the venue is installing a shade sail overhead to keep the fish from getting overheated. "Everything was rush-rush, so we tried to make it look as good as possible, but now we’re going to try to get it to perfection,” he said. 

When Jannus Live reopened in March, we noted that the koi pond was a cool addition, but it needed work. "The massive orange and white fish looked cool, if a bit listless, and you can’t resist hovering above them," we wrote then. "But the backlit plastic floor was largely fogged up, and it got extremely slippery when it rained."

The pond contained about six 30-pound koi and more than a half-dozen smaller fish, reportedly at a cost of about $20,000. Mendoza said the fish are resting at his shop, but that when the pond is restocked, three additional large koi will be added to the mix. Knight said he expects the koi will return to Jannus in the next 60 days.

In the meantime, music fans can keep dancing on the backlit deck — they just won’t see any fish.

-- Jay Cridlin and Susan Thurston, tbt*. Photo: Lara Cerri, tbt*.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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