It Probably Isn't Lymphocystis
Our First Club Show - 1997
To Spawn or Note To Spawn?
DIY Skimmer Guard
A Koi Show Water Quality Perspective - Norm Meck Revisited
Introducing The American Koi Judges Association
NMZNA Show - What Did You Do Father's Day?
MPKS Koi and Trade Show - Chicago
It gives me great pleasure as editor to welcome you to our first issue of The American Koi Keeper. Our magazine staff includes many individuals familiar to the koi community. John Rae of Michigan is our Assistant Editor and has helped greatly with proof reading our first issue.
Father’s Day weekend is usually filled with a variety of items grilling on the grill, a few ice cold beverages being consumed, friends, family, laughter and bright sunny weather for being outdoors. As for the members of the NM ZNA, the weekend was spent doing those very same activities while putting on a koi show.
On a recent visit with a good friend, we were sitting by the pond enjoying a cool beverage and watching the koi just being koi, which involves, among other exploratory activities, checking out the skimmer opening, much to the chagrin of my friend. “OMG, your koi will cream themselves on that thing!"
This year marked our 20th Annual show, an accomplishment our club is proud of. To commemorate the occasion, we invited our first ever foreign judge – Toen Feyen, a ZNA Assistant Certified Judge, from Holland – to be our special guest Head Judge. Toen brought his two young daughters, Floortje and Latje, along as well.
The time was the fall of 1996, the place was Oklahoma City. My wife Cheryl and I had entered the water gardening hobby with our first pond in 1992. While our first fish were common goldfish, caught from a lake in the office park where I worked, they were soon replaced with some shubunkins and some “Coy” from a local pond/aquarium store.
We hope this announcement finds you and your club members healthy, happy, and off to a great ponding season. The purpose of this email is to inform koi clubs throughout the United States of a change in the affiliation of our koi judging group. Effective June 15, 2012, the new name of our group will be the American Koi Judges Association (AKJA).
When I had a fish develop what appeared to be a lymphocystis-like lesion (warty, rough and cauliflower-like), I “hit the books” and the Internet. Here’s what I found:
Koi keepers have been told that our fish can and do get lymphocystis. Erik Johnson writes, "Of all the viruses affecting Koi, perhaps the most common is LYMPHOCYSTIS.”1
The ultimate goal of a water quality team at a koi show is to return the exhibited fish to their owners in as close to the condition they were in when they were delivered. Without the advantages of some of the sophisticated "flow through" systems in use in the Pacific Northwest, made possible by venues that have not only excellent low-cost water supply but also extraordinarily convenient drainage...
There really is NO question. Koi are going to do it whether we like it or not. It is only a matter of time in the spring. As a hobbyist in koi keeping, we see our fish spawn year after year and always have to wonder, what if? What if I tried to spawn a select pair? How would I do that? What would I need? Do I have the time?