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A Tiny Fish Just Passed a Classic Self-Awareness Test With a Mirror!  Even cats and dogs can't do it.

While this article by Taro Kodama is a bit commercial in terms of recommending their own products, it does have very good info, and is worth the read!  I did not include, but they do sell, a complete Q tank kit and a complete accessory kit – the both contain a good group of items.

Goldfish in Paris are getting a second chance to just keep swimming, even after their owners kick them out of their tiny fish bowl homes.

These are some useful tips from Kodama Koi.  Their FL facility was hit by a hurricane last year, and this year, their Hawaii facility was hit, so they have some good advice!

Our Koi can survive lots of different water parameters, but these fish are even more amazing!  You will enjoy reading the story about their rare habitat.

Found by Barb Flowers - THANKS Barb!

I found this study while researching for an article on nutrition.  This work was done in 2015, and specifies the number of times to feed per day, the amount and the protein levels for various stages of development in carp (they also cover catfish and prawns).  In many parts of the world, carp is an extremely important protein source and they are thus raised commercially.  As hobbyists, we can certainly learn a lot from these types of studies where the researchers want to understand how to maximize growth in an environment where there is little natural food in the pond.

This is an excellent study that evaluated changing out fish meal for plant proteins on carp (Cyprinus carpio) of various ages.  The researchers evaluated growth rates using various proteins and various amounts of protein.  Reading this will help you understand how to better evaluate the labels on Koi food bags.

Below is the text of a recent study that evaluated the use of Vitamin C to de-chlorinate water.  They found it much cheaper and more effective than many other chemical solutions.  This study was done for municipal water systems, but has direct benefits for Koi ponds as well!  Full methodology, as well as recommended dosages are given.  There are additional benefits to using Vitamin C as well.

Medicated food has been banned for sale to Koi hobbyists, but it turns out - it's easy to make your own!  Here is an excellent article on how to do it.

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