Environmental - Biosecurity, Ecosystems, Predation, Pollutants

We've talked about it before in this blog - but here's more proof that water treatment plants are unable to deal with some of the chemicals found in the water, and that they are affecting our fish.  If you are using 'city' water in your pond, this article should be of interest to you.  And what about those of us using 'well water' in our ponds - there are no treatment plants for us?  Makes you think, especially as our Koi are long-lived pets... 

When the water temperature is higher, our Koi require more oxygen.  Read about how global warming may affect all fish species...

A commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of a northern Illinois river last week about 9 miles from Lake Michigan, prompting a furious dragnet to determine whether more of the voracious fish have evaded electric barriers designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

Below is an article about the National Carp Control Plan of Australia, that does a very good job of describing what is currently known.  The decision by the govenment is due at the end of 2018, and studies are being done now...

As the FRDC investigates whether or not it is feasible to release a carp-killing virus, one fisher contemplates a future without his nemesis.

By Tom Bicknell

A Koi owner in CT recently had to give up the hobby because otters would kill any Koi he put in his ponds.  The following story is about a Koi owner in England who was finally able to defeat the otter the was killing his Koi and goldfish.  Certainly straight-sided, deep ponds deter herons, but not otters!

The pond-dwelling carp (Cyprinus carpio). Foreign strains of carp from the Eurasian continent have invaded many bodies of water within Japan, and native Japanese carp are becoming rare.  Read how they tell the 2 apart by clicking on the title.

Many Koi keepers and nearly all Koi farms occasionally treat for fish lice.  A new study shows how small residuals from that treatment can affect other species.  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture.

New research suggests that every player in a community is important, to varying degrees, for ecosystem functioning into the future.  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture.

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