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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!

Read the article below about the first use of genetic barcoding of fish by clicking on the title or picture.

The Department of Fisheries of Western Australia introduced a new program - "Don't Dump That Fish!"  While the links are specific to Australia, the concept has international appeal...  Read the article by clicking on the picture or title...

Why can't fish stand being out of water?  To find the answer, click on the picture or title...

Read the answer by Dr. Richmond Loh, the Koi Vet, Australia, by clicking on the picture or title.

I hear complaints all the time about how hard it is to get kids involved in the fish hobby.  With the competition of phones, tablets and televisions, an aquarium or pond doesn't have much drama or instant gratification.  As the holidays approach, we're always looking for ways to entertain the little ones - be it before or after Thanksgiving dinner, or for Christmas...  Click on the title or picture for one cute solution that keeps kids engaged and promotes the hobby of keeping fish!

ONE of the world’s largest fish farming companies has accidentally killed more than 175,000 of its caged salmon in Scotland while trying to treat them for lice and disease, according to internal Government memos.  Read what happened 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.

Is there a quick way to tell?  Read Dr. Loh's answer by clicking on the title or picture...

Fish are unique in their ability to absorb minerals not only from their diets but also from water!  Read the abstract for this study by clicking on the title or picture...

Nitrate levels may be low, but have you checked what the phosphate levels are?  Red the article below by clicking on the title or picture

What are the alternatives for feeding fish to fish to grow fish? Read the abstract of the study by clicking on the title or picture.

Previously, we have listed the ingredients of several premium Koi foods.  Both Ken Austin and Mary Nielsen have completed tables comparing the primary ingredients of many Koi foods.  Mary has also included a collection of notes about her table.  What does this mean for you?  Take the K.O.I. Nutrition course to learn more about how to determine how to analyze these ingredients.  Click on the picture or title to read Mary's notes and download the 2 tables...

Koi have many adaptations that allow them to survive not just in ponds, but also in wild areas where people don't want them!  What is a nuisance to Tasmania provides excellent insight as to why Koi Keeping should be so easy!  And also why Koi should NEVER be released into the wild!  Read the article by clicking on the picture or title.

Here's a an excellent primer on fish genetics, including a discussion of PCR testing.  Read the paper which specifically discusses carp by clicking on the title or picture...

Read this excellent discussion of how different feed sizes affected growth rates by clicking on the title or picture.  There are no simple conclusions! 

This is an excellent article on the part that minerals play in Koi health.  While it ends with by recommending a product that is not available in the USA, the rest of the article is very worthwhile.  Read the text by clicking on the title or picture...

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...

Read the short article about the lateral line by Don Harrawood, SKAPA by clicking on the title or picture.

Read this fascinating article, first posted in Nautilus magazine, by clicking on the title or picture.

Below is the link for the download of a table created by Dr. Richmond Loh, The Fish Vet, Perth, Australia.  Click on the title or picture to get to the link.

If you've been in the hobby for a while, you've seen Hikui.  Read about a NEW study that finally identifies what it is by clicking on the title or picture.

If you haven't heard of Dr. Loh, the Fish Vet in Australia, you're in for a treat!  He has some excellent videos on fish fixing - and ALL are apllicable to our Koi!  Click on the picture or title for the links...

We've all seen Koi group together at the feeding zone, but Koi also group together when threatened.  Read more by clicking on the picture or title...

Australia will use herpes to cleanse rivers of invasive carp.  What will it cost?  Get the answer by clicking on the title or picture.

Evolution is a slow process, often taking thousands or even millions of years. But it can be quick when it needs to be.  Read more by clicking the title or picture.

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