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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!

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We know many Koi keepers either started with or also keep Aquariums, and we also know that many Aquarium keepers also have Koi ponds - once you know how to keep good water, both hobbies are fun!  Here's an interesting article on the trends of the Aquarium hobby in 2017, just for those of you who are interested!  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture.

The Center For Invasive Species Program (CISP), a private, non-government organization, has brought a petition the US Fish & Wildlife Service to include within the Lacy Act 43 aquatic animals as “injurious species”.  Thirty-one (31) on the list are fish.  Some of which are very popular in our hobby and if this is adopted, it would become a felony to transport live fish such as Koi and guppies to fish shows across state lines.  In addition, these fish could no longer be imported into the United States nor could you purchase these fish from outside your home state.  See the list and contact info by clicking on the picture or title:

New research published in May of last year shows that other species can be asymptomatic carriers of KHV, but they have not proven that they can transfer the virus to naive Koi.  Read more by clicking on the title or picture.

Read about this study of CEV in Koi with some surprising results by clicking on the title or picture.

According to a new study - YES!  Read which vitamins worked best by clicking on the title or picture.

Read the answer from the Journal of Animal Health, by Ron Hedrick, Thomas Waltzek and Terry Mcdowell by clicking on the title or picture.

Find out the real answers - article by Spike Cover and Dr. Kathleen Hughes-Harmann - click the title or picture.

The international scientific community does not support the release of KHV in Australia to control common carp.  Read this article that details the reasons, including excellent references by clicking on the title or picture.

All Koi Keepers should know something about Biosecurity!  It's so important, that K.O.I. offers a special course in it, where you'll not just learn the basics of quarantine and disinfecting equipment, but we'll teach you exactly what you use and how to do it!  Learn more about our course #208 - Biosecurity, Quarantine and Record Keeping - CLICK HERE.  And read a few key points from fish vet Dr. Loh by clicking on the title or picture...

Recently, someone asked if a water dechlorinating cartridge on the end of a hose might be useful for Koi Pond water changes.  Read our thoughts on the subject by clicking on the title or picture.

This is an interesting article about Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) and how studying it helped to discover the origins of fever in humans.  While this article would seem to indicate that KHV can be cured by heating the fish, the virus is really only suspended - such that stressors bring it back, and the infected Koi are now carriers and will infect all other Koi with KHV.  While heating may temporarily save a fish, the fish is likely to die from the virus at a later time, and unless you never plan to introduce new Koi into the collection, it is not a good choice for most Koi keepers...  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture.

The courses have just begun!  If you haven't already signed up for one (or all 3!) of Professor Richard Strange's excellent courses - it's may not be too late!  Click on the picture or title to find out more...

Two decades ago, someone dropped a handful of unwanted pet goldfish into a creek in southwestern Australia. Those goldfish grew, swam downstream, mucked up waters wherever they went and spawned like mad. Before long, they took over the whole river.

For those of you who are interested in the symbiosis of plants and Koi, here is an excellent presentation that you might enjoy!   I especially liked the part the speaker presented on finding the optimal pH requirements that accounts for needs of plants, fish and bacteria. Little rules-of-thumb for feeding, planting:fish ratios, and supplementation are also presented.  Get the link by clicking on the title or picture...

The results are in!  Read more about the show by clicking on the title or picture...

  

 

 

 

 

 

The name of our new blog is Koi Krazy!  We'll also be dividing up all the old blog entries into categories, to make info much easier for you to find the information you're looking for!  COMING SOON!

Our first post is about the All Japan Koi Show...  Click on the picture or title to read...

Rather than euthanize an unwanted Koi or goldfish, or even finding a friend to give it to, some Koi and goldfish owners will release unwanted fish into the wild, and hope that they will have a good life... This is HORRIBLE for lots of reasons!  Please share this article with your club and anyone you know that keeps Koi or goldfish!  While this article was written in Australia, it applies EVERYWHERE!  Read the article by clicking on the picture or title...

What can studying the mouths of fish teach us about building better filters?  Read the article by clicking on the title or picture...

What if you could program your phone to treat disease - not just for humans, but also for our Koi?  Read about research that brings us one step closer to doing just that by clicking on the title or picture...

You remember - Koi are poikilothermic (we used to just say Cold-Blooded), but aren't all fish?  Turns out the answer is no!  Click on the title or article to learn more...

Over the course of evolution, humans and other animals have developed biological clocks. These act as internal timekeepers and are synchronised by environmental cues, mainly the daily alternation between day and night. These internal clocks control biological rhythms for things like temperature, alertness and tiredness, helping animals to adapt their daily and seasonal activities to the environmental changes.  Read how this applies to medicating fish by clicking on the title or picture...

The shiny scales on most wild fish have given them the ability to blend into their environment.  Read more about how scientists are using what they learn from fish to aid in the development of LEDs and optical fibers by clicking on the title or picture...

In the ongoing saga of trying to control invasive species in Australia, there has been much controvercy about the government's intention to release KHV to control carp.  There is more info about the planned release in this blog, and on the internet.  Read the arguments against releasing KHV from one Koi keeper by clicking on the title or picture...

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...

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