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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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Koi Pond Netting: What You Need to Know

As in many decisions regarding koi keeping, there are numerous choices regarding how to protect your koi and maintain water quality by keeping unwanted nature out. Covering your pond with a net is one of those choices. What works for some, doesn’t work for others. Some enthusiasts even come up with their own interesting takes […]

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Recap Oranda Fancy Goldfish

Oranda Fancy Goldfish

The Oranda is believed to have been around since the 1500s. The Chinese gave it the handle “flower of the water.”It is believed to have been developed from the crossbreeding of a Lionhead and a Veiltail. The name Oranda derives from a case of mistaken identity. When this Chinese fish was brought to Japan, it […]

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Baby Calico Pearlscale Goldfish

Pearlscale Fancy Goldfish

The Pearlscale (nicknamed Ping-Pong goldfish) is of Chinese origin from the Cyprinidae family (of which the koi is also a member). In Japanese, it is known as Chinsurin. They are frequently mistaken for Fantails with their characteristic egg-shaped bodies but the shapes are slightly different. The body is compact and rounded, with a small, narrow […]

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