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Hello Koi Enthusiasts!

This blog is here to provide a spot for various things that do or might pertain to Koi. This stuff is intended for your entertainment, and is not meant to meet the stricter standards of our ebooks and courses, so use this info carefully and at your own risk. The short articles here may be descriptions of techniques that have proved effective, an introduction to new fish research, facts, graphs or just something FUN about fish! This information can be a springboard for your imagination and an entertaining place to learn something new. Information that was first published in Question of the Week can be found here.

The more we learn about Koi, the more FUN this hobby is - and we always say - if you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right!

The evolution of land animals only happened once, some 400 million years ago. But what pressures pushed sea creatures to evolve limbs for walking? Scientists have proposed several theories, including fish that adapted to living in shallow, plant-choked streams prone to flooding and drought. Now, new research suggests that that strong ocean tides may have played a significant role, stranding animals in tidal pools and giving them an incentive to escape back to the sea.

If you’ve ever visited an aquarium, you might have noticed tiny “sparks” of light dancing around the eyes of some fishes.

Fish are masters of reproductive resilience.

For you paper-folding enjoyment, we have 2 more Koi Origami patterns for you, this time, a bit more advanced!

Those questions and more are answered in this video by Fish Vet Richmond Loh in Australia…  Definitely worth watching!

20 minute webinar recording on "KHV for Koi Owners" by Dr. Jesse Sanders on YouTube.  Covers "What is KHV, How is it transmitted, Symptoms, and Testing."

The most likely problem to arise from introducing herpesvirus to carp populations in Australian waterways is one of effectiveness, according to an international team of researchers including Griffith University Adjunct Research Fellow Dr Jonathan Marshall.

  Picture Credit - Dr. Richmond Loh

A seminar in the Jan/Feb 2018 Aquatic Symposium, held in Sydney Australia, has session a session on Fish Sentience, Cognition and Behavior, by Professor Culum Brown, department of Biological Sciences, MacQuarie University.

There are many times when we would all like a tripod to display something - pond pics, charts, a white board, etc...  Here are Spike Cover's directions (including pics!) to build a FAST, nice, inexpensive tripod - or a bunch of them!  And you can collapse it for easy storage too!

Belgian, English and Australian scientists are calling on the Australian authorities to review their decision to introduce the carp herpes virus as a way to combat the common carp having colonised the country's rivers.

As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense privilege to do this as part of my work – and that for the vast majority of people experiencing the underwater world in such a way is simply not possible.

Your smartphone could soon be a fully functional microscope capable of examining samples as small as 1/200th of a millimeter.

Article by Paula Reynolds

Tap water contains chlorine, a disinfectant that makes water safe for humans, but is harmful to fish. It is removed with a purifier, a dechlorinator, or a water treatment product from an aquatic outlet.

  Article by Paula Reynolds

Water from a household tap, a borehole or well, or rainfall will have unique properties and individual chemistry influenced by the location.

A Canadian woodworker was inspired by the strength and perseverance of Koi to create the piece in the picture above.

Our K.O.I. courses help you be prepared for problems, but a 2nd backup component is called for when a mechanical failure can cause Koi deaths.   So - never use one air pump - use 2, and perhaps even more importantly - wire them to different circuits!  Fish researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada had 2 pumps - but they were wired to the same circuit, and mechanical failure caused over 9000 fish deaths, including a Koi collection.  At the University, the device that caused the deaths was a de-chlorination pump - but for most Koi keepers, it's the air pump that's the critical component.

One of our members recommended we use this image for our #310 Transporting Koi course... 

Koinobori, known as carp wind socks, streamers, or banners, are seen across Japan's countryside from April to early May. Most importantly, they are the traditional decoration on May 5th, which is Children's Day. 

Thanks to Dick Blase, Pioneer Valley Water Garden & Koi Club, for this article!

How long can you hold your breath?  That's what you are asking your Koi to do...

One of the 13 best events to visit in the Fodor's Guide features Koi!

I am often asked the proper genus and species for goldfish and Koi.

Some of you know that I've been looking to buy a new motorhome.  While I'm looking for a Class A unit, I found this Fishy-Looking Trailer in my search!  What a cool camper!  It's not for sale - the people who built it just love it!

Nissan Xmotion SUV concept  car, recently shown at the Detroit auto show, is like a Japanese landscape, complete with Koi!

Submitted by one of our students, John Siefert. 

Fish sense water motion the same way humans sense sound, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Researchers discovered a gene also found in humans helps zebrafish convert water motion into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain for perception. The shared gene allows zebrafish to sense water flow direction, and it also helps cells inside the human ear sense a range of sounds.

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