Is it time to add algae to your koi diets? Here is a research article on this subject.
This article really got me thinking and I must admit, I do acknowledge the relationships I have developed with my fish. This is a much bigger picture of the relationships we have with other species, and with fish.
A good article if you need some ideas about keeping the birds from your pond.
"A fish pond can be an excellent way to create a relaxing, welcoming outdoor space, but it can also be an instant attraction for birds looking for an easy meal. If you've put all the work into creating a fish pond, especially a koi pond, it's worth investing in a few well-selected strategies to minimize risks."
From Science.gov research search: Japanese koi fish: "Complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) sequences were determined for two individuals of Japanese ornamental koi carp. Interestingly, the obtained mitogenomes (16,581 bp) were both completely identical to the recently reported mitogenome of Oujiang color carp from China. Control region (CR) sequences in DNA database demonstrated that more than half (65%) of the koi carp individuals so far reported had partial or complete CR sequences identical to those from Oujiang color carp.
Do you have a child or grandchild who needs a quick school presentation? Then this is the article for you. Very short and filled with facts.
"Koi and carp are very closely related fish types, yet they are sometimes considered as different types of the same species. However, there are important facts to consider about both Koi and carp before classifying them in the same group or into different groups. Hence, it would be highly interesting to know the characteristics and the differences between Koi and carp."
Sometimes nothing replaces the encyclopedia for facts and new knowledge. For instance; I did know that it was not until 1914, that the interest in koi really took off in Japan. Did you?
This is a very good short article on the status of koi in Japan, an introduction to the culture regarding koi.
"Koi have been loved in Japan and they have been characterized by strength and success for a very long time. Koi fish stands for basically anything that is good; luck, prosperity, vitality, and longevity and is very closely associated with the Japanese cultural identity."
This study looks at how koi move through water - with the end result of trying to figure out how to make underwater robots. If you are curious about koi and science, you will like this study.
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?
This is another example of how our hobby is growing and expanding the need for a more scientific approach to treating and medicating koi.
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