Friday, October 29, 2010

Awesome Koi Fish Facepaint

This girl turns herself into a Yamabuki Ogon Koi fish with some facepaint!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5 Tips for Fall Koi Care

Fall is the best season for viewing Koi.  The lower water temps hinder algae growth and make the Koi swim slower, so they have a more graceful appearance.  Use these tips to keep them healthy and happy:

  1. Clean the leaves out of the pond.
  2. Feed your Koi wheat germ based Koi food, when the water is cold, it will be easier for your Koi to digest.
  3. Put a net over the pond, it will prevent leaves from getting into the pond an clogging up the system.
  4. Shut the waterfall off at night.  If you have a system where you can recirculate water right back into the pond, do so.  A waterfall will act at a chiller at night, prematurely cooling down your pond.
  5. If you have a winter tank, move you Koi in before they go into hibernation.  They may be easier to catch when they are slow, but moving them in that condition is not a good idea.

Japan Mud Pond Harvest 2010

Here's a of a Koi breeder grading his Koi that he grew over the summer in a mud pond somewhere around the Yamakoshi area in Niigata, Japan.

After harvesting the Koi, the breeder brought the Koi back to a greenhouse, where he grades each Koi individually in a Koi measuring tub. It looks like he is grading 3 year old Gosanke.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mud Pond Harvest POV

Watch the video here

Here's what it is like to harvest a mud pond over in Niigata, Japan. You can see them loading tons of Gosanke into plastic bags, where they then will be place into a K truck to be transported to the Koi farm. What you don't see is the errant crayfish that ends up in the seine net. Not fun to grab when you are feeling around in the water. Personal experience.

October 2010 Richdon Koi Harvest

Here's some footage taken at Richdon Koi's 2010 pond harvest. The Koi were grown out during the summer months in a 100,000 gallon pond.

Usually large ponds see faster growth rates in Koi. Over crowding is a big issue and will hinder the growth rates of the Koi.

Modded Hot Tub Turned into Koi Pond

A hot tub was modified and turned into a Koi pond.  The key feature is an added biological filter, so the hot tub can support Koi fish.

Monday, October 11, 2010

ZNA NorCal Nishikigoi 2010 Koi Show

The ZNA NorCal Koi Club is hosting its 4th annual Koi show.  Events include product demonstrations, Koi art, an auction, judging commentary and a ton of entrant Koi to view.  There is no entrance fee, the show is free to the public.

Saturday, November 13th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Holiday Inn San Jose
1740 North First Street
San Jose, California 95112

For more information, visit

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Yagenji Sandan Gin Rin Kohaku

In this video from OrnaFish Japan, we see a Sansai Gin Rin Kohaku from the Yagenji Koi farm in Ojiya City, Niigata, Japan.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nature's Coast Koi & Watergarden Club 2010 Koi Show

The Nature's Coast Koi & Watergarden Club is hosting it 10th annual Koi show. People will be bringing their most beautiful Koi fish from all over Florida and the South Eastern United States to compete for the top prize.

Saturday October 9th: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday October 10th: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

375 NE 749 St
Old Town, FL 32693

Admission is free.  On Saturday, guests can follow the judges around the tanks and learn how they grade each Koi.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2010 Shasta Koi & Water Garden Club Koi Auction

The Shasta Koi & Water Garden Club is holding another Koi auction.

When: 10:00 AM Saturday, October 16th
Where: 19540 Broadhurst Rd Cottonwood, CA 96022

Any attendant is welcome to bid on Koi, but only members can sell their Koi at the auction. For more information, visit

Cormorants May Be Spreading KHV

One of the most irritating predators of fish, including Koi, the Cormorant, could be the source of KHV outbreaks. This predator, along with other birds that eat fish can bring the disease to several ponds. The stool of the birds that eat infected fish may harbor the virus. Even feathers that have traces of the juices from the dead Koi fish may have the virus in them (the birds swim in the water with the dead fish). The UK based CEFAS is investigating the virus, though officials fear they may be unable to halt the virus' progress.

Koi herpes virus appeared in the late 1990's. It kills over 90% of the carp it infects. The rest need to be destroyed since they become carriers for the virus and are able to infect other carp populations if they are moved to another pond.

Source: Angling Times