Presentations for Clubs - List



Description and Topics


Disease Prevention & Treatment

Disease 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

Koi Nutrition

Factors affecting growth, protein, amino acids, plant proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and deficiencies cause by lack of vitamins, storing food, reading the label, how to analyize foods for yourself, cold water and feeding

Koi Clubs, All Koi Keepers,



K.O.I. Guidelines for Skype Presentations.

 A presentation to a club is essentially a meeting using two computers – one for the presenter and one for the recipient (at a place where the audience can assemble to hear the presentation).  The recipient’s computer is typically set up in a meeting room and connected to a projector so that all can see the images on the computer screen.

 Before making a Skype presentation, make sure that BOTH the presenter and the recipient has:

  • ·         The latest version of Skype installed
  • ·         A Skype account with either an associated Skype name or an email address
  • ·         A reliable broadband internet connection (Note: Skype has always had weather-related issues)
  • ·         A computer with at least 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB memory
  • ·         Speakers on the recipient’s computer may not be good enough for everyone in the room to hear, so use a set of small external speakers.
  • ·         The presenter’s should be connected to a video camera so everyone in the recipient’s room can see the presenters face.

 People not in the audience can watch (and participate in) the presentation via their own computers.   To allow this, Once the call is connected to the recipient, the presenter clicks the “+” icon on the Skype screen, clicks on “add people to this call” and then selects from the presenter’s contact list.  This means anyone that you want to add to the call must already exist on the presenter’s contact list.  The people added to the call need to have their mikes muted.

 Basic Presentation Setup:

  • ·         At the recipient’s end, the computer is connected to a projector (so everyone in the room can see the screen) and to external speakers (so that everyone can hear the presenter).
  • ·         At the recipient’s end, the computer is connected to the internet.  Log onto Skype and do a Skype audio test to ensure the connection to Skype is good.
  • ·         At the presenter’s end the PowerPoint file is opened in Slideshow view.
  • ·         At the presenter’s end, the computer is connected to the internet.  Log onto Skype and do a Skype audio test to ensure the connection to Skype is good.
  • ·         The standard Skype call is made from the presenter to the recipient.  To do this, the presenter will need to have the recipient listed on the presenter’s Skype contact list.  
  • ·         Then the presenter’s screen can be shared and it displays on the recipient’s screen and subsequently displayed via the computer projector for everyone in the room to see. 
  • ·         The presenter’s voice audio comes over the computer speakers (which can also be connected to amplified speakers if needed.

·         The program agenda is:

o    Moderator introduces presenter (audience sees presenters live image on screen)

o    Presenter begins presentation at first PowerPoint slide (turn off camera; share screen and select PowerPoint file)

o    Presenter ends presentation (stop screen sharing and turn on camera)

o    With presenter’s live image on screen, moderator and presenter can go through Q&A.

o    End presentation by ending Skype call

·         A moderator at the recipient’s end can collect any questions and relay them back to the speaker just like talking on a typical Skype call.

·         It is desirable to see the presenter during his introduction at the start of the presentation, and again at the end when answering questions.  This will require the presenter to have a camera set up, and to know how to switch between the camera and screen during the presentation. 


1.     Keep in mind that if the presenter initiates the call, then only the presenter can add Skype contacts to the call.

2.     Receiver should not try to turn the recipient computer camera on.  That makes it impossible to get back to presentation.  If this happens, turn off the recipients camera, stop screen sharing, then start screen sharing again.

3.     Once a presentation starts, the connection to the recipient’s computer may be lost.  The recipient needs to able to call the presenter to stop the presentation and re-establish the Skype connection.


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