Ponds - Construction, Filtration, Retrofits, Biosecurity, Keeping Koi

Imagine how great it would be if there were an inexpensive way to determine if bacteria was drug resistant - using your phone's camera!  Turns out they are testing a device to do just that!  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture...

What kind of fish requires lots of oxygen, but can't survive in a standard filtration system?  Learn about these weird pets by clicking on the title or picture...

This is an excellent article by Rosimeri Tran, published in the Central CA Koi Club November 2016 newsletter, about research she did on garden hoses.  Click on the picture or title to read the content.

This post is from the website of a professional pond builder, so we know his goal is to sell ponds!  But his comments come directly from 100's of clients that he built ponds for.  I've removed specific products that he mentioned so this article would have more meaning to our readers (and K.O.I. does not tout any for-profit businesses) - but the link to the original article is at the bottom.  Read the 8 Things by clicking on the title or picture...

There are many implications of the cool weather approaching and the often unstable weather patterns.  Learn more by clicking on the title or picture.

Imagine using cactus in your pond filter!  Cactus is being considered to clean contaminated water of re-circulating systems for farmed fish, drinking and other uses!  Learn more by clicking on the title or picture...

Exciting new research!  Read the article by clicking on the picture or title...

It's fall, and lots of Koi keepers are preparing their ponds for the winter.  One of my club members asked me how much salt they should add for the winter.  My reply was NONE!  Read why by clicking on the title or picture...

In Connecticut, the deadliest creature is common White-Tailed Deer, cause people in cars are killed when they hit them.  But worldwide - it's Mosquitos!  Our ponds can be a haven for deadly mosquitos.  Read the story (by clicking on the picture or title) to find out what you can do to eliminate mosquitos from your ponds and water features.  Story submitted by Ralph Smith, aka 'Smitty' from Southwest Koi and Pond Association, El Paso, TX.

Many Koi keepers will tell you that you need to add clay to Koi ponds.  Bentonite or Mortmorillinite clay are what's sold as Koi Clay.  Here's a short article by Syd Mitchell about benefits and disadvantages of using clay.  If you can't come to the PNKCA Convetion June 19-21, 2015 - then take our ON-LINE Lab #220 from the comfort of your own home!  CLICK HERE for more info about the lab.  Full article after the break.

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