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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!
When we are looking for pathogens or studying cells, we use a microscope. But the problem has been that there has always been a trade-off between imaging speed, detail or the well-being of the sample. Koi keepers using microscopes are well familiar with the problem - if you scrape a Koi and put the resulting mucus on a slide, you only have a few minutes to find and identify the bug before it dies and stops moving. That's because the intense light used to see into the sample actually cooks the bugs. This article explains new techniques being used for microscopy, and hopefully options that will become available to Koi keepers in the future! A link to the pdf, thanks to the HHMI Bulletin Winter 2015, is provided below the break.
While this article is about Salmon, we know that handling is incredibly stressful for Koi as well. It is possible that the findings of this study might also relate to Koi Carp. Of specific interest is that handling/netting stress was more problematic in females, fish with existing deformities or health conditions, and in young fish vs. older fish.
We all know about the overuse of antibiotics these days, and the horrible drug-resistant strains of bacteria that kill people are the result. The question is - do Koi hobbyists contribute to the problem?
Spike Cover wrote this excellent article back in October 2007, and it's just as true today as it was then! Click on the picture or title to read the full article...
We have a very active group up here in New England called the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies (NEC, http://northeastcouncil.org/NewNEC/). While the member clubs specialize in small fish that can be kept in aquariums, I am often amazed at how much overlap there is between aquariums and Koi ponds. We are all in the business of keeping beautiful water! This short article was copied from the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society September Newsletter called FINformation, and written by Eric Bodrock. I think it has excellent advice for Koi keepers too! See if you can read the article, substituing "Koi" for "fish" and "pond" for "aquarium" - and let me know if you agree!
I don't often wax philosophical about my own Koi. Over the years, I've kept Koi in a variety of ponds and even in a Show Tank in the basement for 3 years. While my observations are not scientific, I do have 30 years of observational experience, and I tried a new Koi food this year with startling results! I wanted to pass my musings along to you, FWIW...
One of my old Show Koi. She was my favorite!
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right