List of Presentations Available for K.O.I. Member Clubs

Presentations for Clubs 10-21-14





Description and Topics


Disease Prevention & Treatment

Disease 5 requirements, source of pathogen, mode of transmission, portal of entry, stress, compromised immune system, parasites and fungus symptoms & treatments, bacterial disease, viruses, quarantining.

Any Koi Club, All Koi keepers, basic overview.



Water Quality Introduction

The nitrogen cycle, the importance of water testing and what to test, what affects fish health, water changes, salt, source water considerations

Koi clubs, Beginning Koi keepers, Aquarium clubs, Any beginning fish keeper

Common Problems I see in Ponds

Pond problems divided into 3 categories – water quality, construction and disease. WQ includes water changes, testing. Construction includes circulation, water, filtration, pumps, bottom drains, plant shelves, work involved. Disease includes quarantine and chemicals.

Koi Clubs, All Koi keepers

Understanding Koi Behavior to Diagnose Problems

Koi behaviors/symptoms – Flashing, sitting on bottom, rapid breathing, changes in color, changes in shape, erratic swimming, fin erosion, sores, pop-eye, sudden death – description of symptom and normal behavior, causes and treatments for each

All Koi keepers, Koi Clubs, Anyone selling Koi


Perceived problems, basic problems. Fixes – plumbing, bottom drains, skimmers, aeration, overflow, refill, leak repair, increase volume, add filtration, circulation, GFCI, lighting, UV, trickle towers, auto feeders, timers, safety. Good retrofits – bang for buck, unintended consequences, selecting a contractor

Koi clubs, All Koi keepers, Pond builders

Pond Improvements for Beauty and Health

What’s right for you, considerations before starting, trade-offs, ponds designed for Koi health, how to improve ‘commercial’ pond designs and diagrams, pumps, filtration designs and diagrams, making a pond look beautiful – tips and tricks

Pond Builders, Koi clubs, folks that have ‘commercial’ ponds that they want to improve for healthy Koi

Garden Ponds (Comparing Ponds)

3 kinds of ponds – water features, goldfish ponds and Koi ponds, their differences and requirements, advantages and disadvantages. Extra slides at end – Do’s and Don’ts, overview WQ, filtration types

Garden Clubs, Aquarium  Clubs, Koi Clubs where members are just learning about ponds

Koi Appreciation – Kohaku

Vocabulary, overview of appreciation, Shiroji, Odome, separation method for comparing Koi; pattern balance, complexity, flow, future, as art; importance of face, Maki, Sashi and Kiwa, how patterns change

All Koi keepers

Aesthetic Qualities of Ponds

Informal and formal designs, advantages and comparisons, goals of construction, pond placement, tips and tricks to make ponds look more natural, waterfall aesthetics

Koi clubs, Pond builders, anyone planning a pond

Flow Rates Thru Filters

Flow affects Ammonia levels – charts and toxicity, why bagged Koi don’t die. Calculating ammonia in pond. Keeping within the limit. Selected data and reality checks.

Koi clubs, All Koi keepers. Intermediate to advanced level.


Buying new fish, disaster strikes, purpose of quarantine. Parasites, bacteria, fungal infections, viruses. Planning and action. Dealers and at home. Disinfectants. KHV.

Koi clubs, All Koi keepers. Suitable for beginners, but something for everyone.

Health & Nutrition

Healthy Koi, water quality, biosecurity. Nutrition and metabolism – Koi comparative anatomy. Proteins, amino acids, oils & fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, feeding & fasting, amendments, storage, comparing ingredient lists

Koi clubs, Any Koi keeper


What is a virus, how do they work, infection, replication, release from cell. Two types – enveloped and non-enveloped. Other info. How do we stop them – quarantine, vaccine, BHP. Koi viruses – carp pox, KHV, SVC.  Also minor viruses.

Koi clubs, All Koi keepers. Intermediate level.

Things You Can Do to be a Better Koi Keeper

Clean system, water changes and fail-safes, increase oxygen, warm water, feeding, retrofits – filter, pump, bottom drain, skimmer, autofeeder, aeration. Be prepared – list. Know your dealers and experts, vets

Koi clubs, All Koi keepers. Excellent for beginners, very comprehensive


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