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This blog is here to provide a spot for various things that do or might pertain to Koi. This stuff is intended for your entertainment, and is not meant to meet the stricter standards of our ebooks and courses, so use this info carefully and at your own risk. The short articles here may be descriptions of techniques that have proved effective, an introduction to new fish research, facts, graphs or just something FUN about fish! This information can be a springboard for your imagination and an entertaining place to learn something new. Information that was first published in Question of the Week can be found here.

The more we learn about Koi, the more FUN this hobby is - and we always say - if you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right!

Okay, ready or not, this gal dined on her pet koi.
 
When Malaysian freelance travel guide Amanda Omeychua made dinner on Sunday, she did not expect her meal to attract international attention. The 26-year-old's recipe for turning her dead pet koi into soup has rocked social media, amassing thousands of views and comments expressing varying degrees of incredulity.

Okay, are you ready for a dish of carp, it may soon be on the menu!
 

"To us in America, we think of carp as a bottom-feeding, muddy-tasting fish, which it is sometimes," Dirk Fucik, the owner of Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop in Chicago, told the outlet. "But Asian carp is a plankton-feeder. It's a different type of flesh—much cleaner, sweeter-tasting meat."

Okay, which of your koi have the behaviors associated with effective leadership?
 
Good leaders needing to strike a balance between striving to reach goals and keeping their followers with them has deep evolutionary roots, according to a new study from the Universities of Bristol, Harvard and Princeton on schooling fish.

Fish and humans are similiar when in risky situations
 
New research carried out by scientists at the University of Bristol has shown that despite individual animals having their own personality, this gets suppressed when they make decisions together in a group.
Dr Christos Ioannou and his colleagues from the School of Biological Sciences tested three spined sticklebacks (the UK's smallest ) alone and in groups of ten.

Fish in space, a great article about fish research and viability of fish in space.

The seabass eggs, all 200 of them, were settled in their module and ready to go. The ground crew had counted the eggs carefully, checked each for an embryo, and sealed them tightly within a curved dish filled precisely to the brim with seawater.
The countdown, and then—ignition! For two full minutes, the precious eggs suffered a riotous shaking as the rocket’s engines exploded to life, followed by another eight minutes of heightened juddering as they ascended to the heavens.

This story will have me observing my koi's swimming patterns much more as I carefully for personaliy.
The way a fish swims reveals a lot about its personality, say scientists

Okay, will someone tell me how to make this food.
 
Veterinarians from RUDN University have developed a way to increase the resistance of carp, the most common fish in fish farms, to the harmful effects of ammonia, which is found in almost all water bodies. The researchers found that the amino acid arginine added to fish food can be helpful. The results are published in the journal Aquaculture.
 
Method to protect carp from the harmful effects of ammonia (phys.org)

Okay, I know you know someone who needs this as a gift!  
 

I so want to make one of these ecosystems for my home. Here is a video on how to do.  
 

Research can change lives and this story is about common genetic mutations in zebrafish and humans with Fragile X syndrome and autism. 
 
Queensland Brain Institute’s Associate Professor Ethan Scott and Dr Lena Constantin used zebrafish that carry the same genetic mutations as humans with Fragile X syndrome and autism, and discovered the neural networks and pathways that produce the hypersensitivities to sound in both species.
 

This site has several amazing photographs of koi by Jesse Rockwell as she discover a "secret subterranean aquarium. 
 

If you are into gaming, or have friends or family who game, you will want the Xbox game Grounded.  It has a koi pond of which ant sized players need to explore and defend!
 
Grounded is a first and third-person cooperative survival game by Obsidian Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios. It was first revealed at X019 in London and entered early access on July 28th, 2020.
 

(Photo by Stan Shebs, Wikimedia Commons)
 
If you are looking for an A-Z list of diseases of koi, this presentation in 1998 by Nicholas Saint-Erne, DMV is amazing. 
 
Abstracted from Infectious and Parasitic Diseases of Koi Copyright 1994, 1996, 1998 by Nicholas Saint-Erne, DVM
Diseases of Koi (Cyprinus carpio) - IAAAM_Archive - VIN

In a recent study, an international team of researchers analyzed fish bones excavated from the Early Neolithic Jiahu site in Henan Province, China. By comparing the body-length distributions and species-composition ratios of the bones with findings from East Asian sites with present aquaculture, the researchers provide evidence of managed carp aquaculture at Jiahu dating back to 6200-5700 BC.
 
Carp aquaculture in Neolithic China dating back 8,000 years -- ScienceDaily

An interesting story of tossed out goldfish in a lake and its consequences. 
 
The most likely culprit behind the invasive species? Pet owners who illegally dumped goldfish, officials say.

I am slipping this article on my husband's desk. I need a Hori Hori knife!
 
The tool kit of Japanese master gardeners is the object of envy. Luckily for amateurs, beautifully made and durable Japanese garden tools are within easy reach. Here’s a collection of our favorites.
 
https://www.gardenista.com/posts/tools-of-the-trade-japanese-gardening-t...

Apparently the author has never been to a koi show!
 
A city in China has been crowning the Miss Universe of the goldfish for the past four years. 
 
https://www.goldthread2.com/culture/wonderful-and-wacky-world-goldfish-b...

Do we need a cappuccino whisk as part of our first aid kits for our Koi?
 
‘It was in the water and it was a warm day and obviously the oxygen had dropped very low and the fish was suddenly floating on the surface,’ Phillip recalled.
 
https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/17/phillip-schofield-brought-daughters-goldf...

Common carp were part of this study that looked at the dynamics of scales and drag for airlines.  Scale design may provide significant saving in fuel for planes. 
 
The team's findings have been published in Nature: Scientific Reports: "Transition delay using biomimetic fish scale arrays," and in the Journal of Experimental Biology: "Streak formation in flow over biomimetic fish scale arrays."
Reducing drag means faster aircraft speeds and less fuel consumption—an important area of study for aerodynamicists...
 

Another story on fishless fish food. 
 
After six years of research, a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz has developed a cost-effective new aquaculture feed that eliminates conventional fish meal and fish oil ingredients while also providing better fish weight gain and higher nutritional value in the filet for humans. The new fish-free feed is the first to demonstrate across-the-board gains in sustainability, performance, economic viability, and human health.
 

Insects are now in dog food, is it in your koi food now?
This past Tuesday (June 11), Dutch company Protix opened the world’s largest insect farm in Bergem op Zoom, a small town in the south of the Netherlands.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidebanis/2019/06/14/can-using-insects-as...

Fish fins aren’t just for swimming. They’re feelers, too. The fins of round gobies can detect textures with a sensitivity similar to that of the pads on monkeys’ fingers, researchers report November 3 in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
 
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/goby-fish-fins-sensitive-feel-touch-...

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