Summer Pond Tips for Warmer Climate
Can KHV Be Managed?
The Lowly Syphon
You Be The Judge
Central Florida Koi Show - ZNA Judging Seminar
And the Winner is . . .
This is the second in a series of four articles designed to offer tips for best care of your koi throughout the year based on seasonal needs. The focus of this information is for warmer climates but it will benefit a broader audience as well. Koi are best raised as a four season animal which is how their common carp ancestors evolved. As seasons progress important hormonal and environmental signals prepare koi to develop to their genetic potential. Perpetual summer or eternal winter temperatures have their own individual unique disadvantages on the growth and health of our koi.
Virtually all Koi keepers are concerned about Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) but finding a good solution (both effective and economical) has remained elusive. Maybe you’ve looked into vaccinating your Koi collection but aren’t yet convinced that it’s worth the effort and expenseii. So a next likely question might well be, are there ways other than vaccinating to protect your Koi against KHV? Fortunately, the answer is...
Syphons have been around a long time. The physics of syphoning is rather simple or so it would seem. Actually, one discovers that there is some debate about the physics involved. Water or other viscous liquid can be caused to move through a tube from a high elevation to a lower one by creating a vacuum in the tube. The weight of the water and the force of gravity combined with a difference in pressure inside the tube cause the water to continue to flow until the water level is equal from one container to another.
We are pleased to present our first “You Be The Judge” feature as an on-‐line exercise in koi appreciation. Although this inaugural study will be done with still photos only, future exercises will utilize live action segments to accompany the photos, thus allowing close examination of each koi while swimming in a vat. We’re still working out the details of how to make this type of format work, so stay tuned!
In April of 2012, the ZNA Southern Koi Association had a club meeting at my home where we invited Mat MaCann of the Nisei Koi Farm (Quality Koi) to bring a group of Kohaku tosai of varying quality to use in a teaching seminar. Mat brought a dozen tosai that he had ranked into 3 quality categories. The judges in the club judged them for that day and Mat gave us a lesson on their future potential.
There were many awards presented at the Central Florida Koi Show. One of the most prestigious awards was the Koi Society Member Club Show Award. The very first Koi Society Award was presented to...