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Hello Koi Enthusiasts!

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!

Goldfish on Vacation Leads Children on an Unexpected Journey Connecting Generations | Brightly

WATCH: A koi fish aquarium built right into the steps of a HDB unit entryway
Live in an HDB flat with no space big enough for an actual pond to keep Koi fishes? A HDB dweller didn’t let the limited expanse of public housing stop him from building a koi pond at his doorstep. No, literally at his doorstep — the small stairway to a ground-level unit was successful converted...

Here are some wonderful gift ideas for the holidays:

Another reason to love good bacteria:
 

When Jun Yao started a new job, this electrical engineer wasn’t looking to create a “green” source of power. But chance helped him discover a way to use all-natural protein to turn water into electricity.

Certain animals just seem to have really great PR teams hyping up their reputations. Elephants? Supposedly have steel-trap memory banks. Dogs? Well, we all know dogs are just perfect. But koi fish? No one ever really raves about koi fish...

 

https://animals.howstuffworks.com/fish/koi-fish.htm

 

To see a fish or several fish swimming in your dreamscape is a glimpse into your unconscious mind. Pay close attention to the dream as is may be telling you something you have failed to see lately.

Consider the common phrases associated with fish like ‘a fish out of water’ for instance. Are you in unfamiliar and uncomfortable surroundings...

For those of you who do crochet out there, here’s a pattern for a blanket with a Koi fish on it!  Note it is a paid pattern, here's the link:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/koi-blanket-two

This article is about size change in fish do to global warming, but has an excellent description of why larger Koi require more O2 than smaller Koi.

Read this synopsis of a study that showed the benefits of Koi getting some sun near the surface.

This is not a research paper, but a synopsis of a recent (Jan 28 2019) work done by New York University on how fish school.

This is an excellent study on the physical effects of stress on fish.  It documents visible changes to the gills, heart and other organs.

If you have chlorine or chloramine treated water, K.O.I. has always recommended the use of a water shut off timer whenever doing a pond refill.  In fact, they are so cheap (and they do sometimes fail, that Spike now recommends using 2 of them, one after the other.

But there is another way that doesn't involve the use of ANY device.  Read what the Fish Vet in Australia recommends.

Which Koi is most likely to get sick?

Likelihood of success if you have a pond or Koi problem...

If you had to guess which Koi would get sick...

Ever wonder why some Koi Club's decline over time?

Koi are still used as gifts in China.  This article is about a breeder who is trying to use a gift of Koi to find a wife for her son.

This short article is the New Zealand government's position about Koi.

Koi should never be released into lakes or streams because of the environmental damage they do.  Read this story about how bad the problem has become in one local lake...

It's kind of like an amazing dream coming to life. Your adorable little goldfish grows into a giant, chasing you around a pond.

Only in this case, 11-year-old Luke Hebb wasn't dreaming when he fished a 16-pound koi out of Lacombe Lake in St. Albert Wednesday morning.

When a vandal killed a collection of Koi from a community park, other Koi keepers have pitched in to replace the loss

If you've ever wondered what happens when an otter discovers a Koi pond in a botanical garden, read this story.  The good news is that the aquarium folks jumped in and saved the remaining Koi.

For those of you who are interested in the status of KHV reports in Japan at the end of 2018, here's the current info (see below).  This is from a Japanese Nishikigoi website.

Have you ever wondered about fish blood and it's components?  The following 2 studies are about platelets (thrombocytes).  Platelets not only facilitate blood clotting, but also provide an important protective barrier, and can be used to determine the age of the Koi.

For those of you that might be interested, I am posting a study done in the Czech Republic in 2007 about testing Koi for KHV.  They too conclude that the best option is prevention!  Scroll down to read the article...

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