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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!
In a meeting recently, one of our instructors said he was "At sixes and sevens" about that. There was a long silence, before I asked - "is that a 'good thing' or a 'bad thing'?" Below the picture is a compilation of words or phrases (and their meaning/translation) that have actually been used by K.O.I. instructors. The list below is alphabetical, and includes South African, British and other idioms. The picture is handy for those of you interacting with Dunc or Syd!
This information was first posted in "What do YOU think?" This question tests your knowledge of water quality, and it’s affects on Koi Health. If you don’t know how harmful Ammonia, Nitrite and pH swings are (all can kill Koi!), download our FREE K.O.I. 101:
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My ponds are finally coming out of winter, and the endless pursuit for better water quality this year has started! I found this great article from Don Harrawood, Southwest Koi and Pond Association El Paso, TX. It's great, detailed info on how to build one yourself, and I wanted to pass it along to all our readers. There are lots of commercial versions available for sale (see one in use in the picture below) - but DIY is so much cheaper and more satisfying!
CKKs (and other knowledgable hobbyists) are always telling others that they have to be careful about the use of antibiotics in our Koi. The problem is that if you use an antibiotic and it is the wrong one (you can find out the correct anitbiotic to use by doing a swab of the infection site and sending it to a lab to be cultured), or if you don't use all the recommended doses, then you don't kill all the bacteria. The remaining bacteria are the ones that were hardest to kill, and they multiply. Now what started as a simple bacterial infection has become a problem, and when the local dog or bird or frog (or fill-in-the-blank with any critter that visits your pond) passes the resistent bacteria along, we end up with bugs so bad that they can't be killed with any known antibiotic, and that kills people.
This article was first posted in Wired magazine by Maryn McKenna on April 15, 2011. It is not about Koi, but about resistance in food animals. SCARY stuff, and I think it illustrates the point!
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right