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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!
If you are interested in showing Koi, or understanding Koi breeding for color, this book has many insights into Koi genetics, and how color traits are inherited.
This study shows that CEV is very contagious and that it has been cultured in Koi that appear to be perfectly healthy, thus the disease is easily spread, just like KHV.
This study looks at the effect of feeding Azomite (hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate, a natural trace mineral product) to Koi. They found that it improved both growth and the immune response.
The folks in New Zealand and Australia are concerned about Koi Carp as an invasive species. They have funded several research projects to learn more about their wild populations. This study shows that Koi don't live nearly as long in the wild as they do in good Koi ponds!
It's that time of year again! There are some wonderful Koi gifts available - check out this random selection...
This brief article by Syd Mitchell explains the part that plants play in the Nitrogen Cycle.
This white paper was written by Ling Jin, on the recommendation by K.O.I. PLEASE SHARE with all breeders and dealers that you know, so everyone can understand the science behind KHV testing, and how to do it! Please ALWAYS give attribution to Ling Jin AND K.O.I. when you re-print the paper.
John Svelan and Jerry Myers, both K.O.I. Certified Koi Keepers (CKKs) and members of the Koi Club of San Diego, helped rescue Koi from an abandoned pond in a Country Club.
The Australian government has postponed the decision to release Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) for a year, so they can continue to study the timing and effects.
This article is about a recent surgery done at UC Davis - School of Veterinary Medicine. The Koi survived the surgery and was doing well 10 weeks later. It should be noted that the vast majority of tumors reappear within a year, and will cause mortality, such that the surgery was more about learning than about the long-term survival of the Koi.
Thanks to Monte McQuade, our own Show Water Quality instructor, for sharing his heartbreaking experience.
NEW PRODUCT - for those of you that have Chlorine or Chloramines in your water supply.
A Tiny Fish Just Passed a Classic Self-Awareness Test With a Mirror! Even cats and dogs can't do it.
While this article by Taro Kodama is a bit commercial in terms of recommending their own products, it does have very good info, and is worth the read! I did not include, but they do sell, a complete Q tank kit and a complete accessory kit – the both contain a good group of items.
Goldfish in Paris are getting a second chance to just keep swimming, even after their owners kick them out of their tiny fish bowl homes.
These are some useful tips from Kodama Koi. Their FL facility was hit by a hurricane last year, and this year, their Hawaii facility was hit, so they have some good advice!
Our Koi can survive lots of different water parameters, but these fish are even more amazing! You will enjoy reading the story about their rare habitat.
Those of you that have touched a Koi against the side with a net will recall that it will bend into a C-shape and dart away at roughly 90 degrees.
Carp have a preferred body temperature (PBT) of 22 to 28 degrees Celsius.
The swim-bladder, also known as an air bladder, is an air-filled sac situated just under the backbone at the top of the abdominal cavity.
Stress has such a huge impact on Koi that it warrants an article on its own. Good Koi husbandry will not be possible without a decent understanding of stress and the effects on koi in a pond. To fully understand stress it is necessary to backtrack a little bit and consider the immune or defence systems of fish.
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right