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Koi and Color Loss

Color loss. It’s a great source of concern (and irritation!) for many koi kichi. To see the colors for which this fish is famed lessen, change or disappear completely is not only saddening, but to some, maddening. So why do koi lose their color? Perhaps it is important to look at where the colors come […]

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snake head out the water in a koi pond

Koi Ponds and Snakes

Probably the most worrisome part of cohabitating with snakes is the fear of being bitten. But for koi owners and their koi ponds, it’s the idea that they can lose some to predation by snakes. Especially in those states where snakes are commonplace visitors. There are 160 species of snake in North America. Only 20 […]

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Update on Koi and the Lacey Act

Back in October of 2016, the Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP) petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to add 43 new species to the Injurious Wildlife list. The Common Carp (and so, by extension, koi) were on that list. Had it been implemented, it could’ve crippled the koi industry. We say “could’ve,” because […]

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Red Sabao Fancy Goldfish

Sabao Goldfish

Hailing from the Yamagata Prefecture in Northern Japan, the Sabao is a single caudal tailed fancy goldfish. The tail length can be both long and short. It comes down to personal preference. Sabao are a cross between the single-tailed Syounia and the twin-tailed Ryukin. The single tail of the Syounia was inherited whereas the body […]

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Koi Under a Lotus

Koi Pond Filtration: Zakki vs Bakki shower

Biological filtration is one of the cornerstones of water quality in any enthusiast’s koi pond. Some might argue that it is the alpha in clean water. Changing the lethal waste product of Ammonia (enthusiast: turns, spits) to its less lethal step-sibling Nitrite and finally into the somewhat less-destructive Nitrate is all part of the Nitrogen […]

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