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A great article on the basics of koi reproduction in your pond.
 
...It takes approximately a year for eggs to fully develop within the female koi. Eggs formed in the spring of the first year will be dropped in the spring of the following year. The eggs produced by the female are not fertile. The male of the species releases sperm onto the eggs after the female has dropped them. After the spawning has taken place, new eggs will begin to form. These eggs will be released during the next year's spawning.
 

So how did we really get the most common ornamental fish in the world?  Scientists are working to figure it out. This article is for all you research lovers!
 

The amazing powers of bioflim and it's future potental.
 
Researchers have demonstrated that a slimy, yet tough, type of biofilm that certain bacteria make for protection and to help them move around can also be used to separate water and oil. The material may be useful for applications such as cleaning contaminated waters.
 
Bacterial film separates water from oil (phys.org)

Its been coming, fish food without the fish. 
 
Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia.
 
Story link: Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product (phys.org)

Amazing research about damselfish domesticating shrimp!
 
...Now, researchers have discovered fish that seem to be using shrimp in the same way we would use a farm animal.
The team thinks it could be the first example of a vertebrate species – other than human – domesticating another animal.
 
Story link: These fish may have 'domesticated' shrimp staff to help them farm algae - Science Daily Press

This is the lightweight version of this research. If you want to read the scientific paper use link below. 
 
A large team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China has sequenced the genomes of a large number of goldfish and carp, revealing much of their shared origin. They've published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Okay, ready or not, this gal dined on her pet koi.
 
When Malaysian freelance travel guide Amanda Omeychua made dinner on Sunday, she did not expect her meal to attract international attention. The 26-year-old's recipe for turning her dead pet koi into soup has rocked social media, amassing thousands of views and comments expressing varying degrees of incredulity.

Okay, are you ready for a dish of carp, it may soon be on the menu!
 

"To us in America, we think of carp as a bottom-feeding, muddy-tasting fish, which it is sometimes," Dirk Fucik, the owner of Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop in Chicago, told the outlet. "But Asian carp is a plankton-feeder. It's a different type of flesh—much cleaner, sweeter-tasting meat."

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