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So, what do carp do in the Winter? These scientist in Berlin, Germany had some fun by placing 37 tagged and traceable carp in a very cold (7°C, 44.6°F) natural lake during the winter to see what these fish would do. You will really enjoy this short YouTube.
Kudos to all of you who keep your ponds healthy, and invite the critters of mother nature to find a welcome home in your yard. For those who realize those dragon flies are monster mosquito killers and smile as a new bird drops in for a sip of water, thank you. In this short article by Lucy Towers, she shares the difference our ponds make to the biodiversity of our neighborhoods.
The aqua feed industry is ever changing and as koi hobbyists we are affected, mostly by the changes in the ingredients in koi feed, we often try to follow the trends. Here is a voice in the aquaculture industry speaking out for transparency in the feed manufacturing sector for those who raise fish for a living. Koi Organization International does not take a position on this or other policies of the aquaculture industry, but it is fair to say, that we like other consumers would benefit from clearly understanding the ingredients in our feed that we give our koi.
This short article and research shows how the food chain incorporates nanoplastics to the fish we eat and the fish we admire. This short story tells the troubling proof about the food chain bringing unwanted plastic to our food.
A horrible, senseless act.
"MIAMI -- A South Florida man is facing nearly two dozen charges of animal cruelty after he allegedly poured a lethal compound of chemicals into an Aventura Mall pond, resulting in the death of over 20 koi fish, according to court documents."
I suspect that this koi might have been saved if the pond had been deeper, but hard to tell by the video. A good short video that reminds us that surprise predators like to eat koi and that when building a pond, it is possible to help reduce this threat. If you are interested in learning more about pond construction and protecting your koi, click on "Courses" on the K.O.I. website to learn from some of the best hobbyists in the koi world.
A horrible crime, committed by youth with little thought of the consequences. How are your koi protected? This pond appears to located in a very accessible place with no fencing to protect them, however it is in a gated community. Are your koi protected from stupid people?
The keeping of "live" creatures has always had the potential to be heartbreaking, and many of us hobbyist have had our tragic tales of loss and failure. Sadly this failure will set this effort to save the endangered chinook salmon back for years.
About 21,000 fish, including sturgeon and endangered chinook salmon, died of chlorine exposure in a "catastrophic failure" at a UC Davis research facility, university officials said Thursday.
Okay it is fun to watch, but there is a bad side to this hitchhiker: eye damage to the koi.
"Toad attached to the fishes eyeballs and damaging them. It buried it’s front legs in the eye sockets. I had to pull out the toad."
Wow, this technology could be right around the corner for us hobbyists. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a "affinity silk filter".
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right