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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!

We know we need back up systems: so if you have not got your emergency power, check this story out. 

Heron problem: train a crow!
A homeowner has been paying a crow in mealworms for chasing a hungry heron out of his garden after it stole hundreds of pounds worth of fish from his pond. 
Simon McCabe, 51, says the heron has 'emptied' the pond in his back garden of koi carp and goldfish.
But ever since the crow started visiting the garden last month, the little bird has 'looked after' his pond community and he's not lost a fish since.  

You will love this story about the dedication of a young man training his goldfish to play football. 
A man from China's Guangdong province has turned his fish tank into a football stadium. Yang Tianxin started training his goldfish half a year ago. Now he has 5 Ranchu goldfish which know how to shoot a ball into the goal.
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3098772/giant-mushroom-discovered-malan...
 

A wonderful story about Copperbelt University and the students hopes this fish inspired. 
Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has joined the nation in mourning the death of a fish that lived in a pond at the country's second-biggest university.

Students at Copperbelt University (CBU) lit candles and marched around campus to mourn the big fish.The hashtag Mafishi, as the fish was affectionately known, is trending on Twitter in the southern African state. 

 

A bear hilariously faced off against a team of plastic ducks after dipping into a newly-built koi pond for a quick swim.
Footage captured in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, shows a large bear wander over to the pond before slowly submerging into the water to cool off from the heat.
The pond's owner, who filmed the footage, is heard telling the bear to 'get out of there!'

This Black Headed Cardinal is actually feeding these fish. Check out this Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtWcb7TwClo

Looking for some good fish quotes - here are some that we found:

So what are koi teeth made of?
Shark Teeth are actually scales, that's why they can infinitely grow them back.

Indoor Water Garden: Plants and Ideas to Get You Started
If you ever find your home in need of more calming vibes, just add plants. An indoor water garden gives the look and feel of a serene water feature. It couldn't be easier to set up and requires very little maintenance — pretty great news for newbie gardeners.

https://www.hunker.com/13723120/indoor-water-garden-plants-and-ideas

This Tropical Plant Looks Like Leaping Goldfish and We're Obsessed
This hanging plant will add a pop of color and fun to any room in the house.

https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/a33383855/columnea-gloriosa-goldfish-plant-facts/

Cape Town aquarium fish keeps pace with boy racing around tank
Adorable footage shows the young boy running around the perimeter of a circular tank at Two Oceans Aquarium, while a Moorish Idol fish keeps pace with him.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7702541/Cape-Town-aquarium-fish-keeps-pace-boy-racing-tank.html?ITO=applenews

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?

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