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

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.

Syd Mitchell explains the science behind how to create a working filter - without fish!  You can meet Syd and your other K.O.I. instructors at the PNKCA Convention, June 19-21, 2015!  CLICK HERE for more about the Convention...  Full article after the break.

This question is answered by Syd Mitchell, after the break...

When I first read this research paper, I was hopeful that the adverse affects of contraceptives waste found in water would actually turn out to be useful to Koi Keepers as a future way to prevent or control spawning in Koi ponds.  While it is clear that exposure to low doses of contraceptive waste does affect fish, the findings showed it was limited to subsequent generations.  This may not ever be applicable for Koi keepers, but perhaps suggests that there is hope for future research regarding contraception and Koi!  Full article after the break...

This article was written by K.O.I. Instructor Ken Austin, for the SKAPA Newsletter.

Yes, you can use the standard shapes above to calculate volume, but they are notoriously inaccurate.  Mike Anger, CKK,  teaches you a simple and ACCURATE way to calculate your pond's volume, after the break...  If you want to learn more, take K.O.I. Pond Construction #202 - CLICK HERE for more information about the course.

Why is every Koi pond that you see a different depth?  Becuase they should be different!  See anaylsis after the break...

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