A Goldfish, a Miracle Fish and an Accident with Summer Pond Food

This is a post from Sally, she doesn’t keep fish now but she offers a nice anecdote of her past experiences with them!

You could say that I have a chequered history with fish. Much as I admire the beauty of Koi, I am perhaps not destined to keep them. Unfortunately nor are my Continue reading “A Goldfish, a Miracle Fish and an Accident with Summer Pond Food”

A Heron Hunting in a Garden Pond – Video

This video by YouTube user redsonia100 is a sight for sore eyes. Just after our recent blog post outlining some of the precautions you might employ to protect your Koi carp from Heron, we’ve come across this video showing a crafty bird flouting several of them! Continue reading “A Heron Hunting in a Garden Pond – Video”

Features of a Japanese Water Garden

Japanese gardens are in-tune with nature. These gardens implement many features in order to create an appealing, natural setting for people to enjoy. Follow these elements in the right amounts and style and Continue reading “Features of a Japanese Water Garden”

Protect Koi from Heron – Koi Predators

In the United Kingdom there are a number of species that pose a direct threat to Koi stock. As a Koi keeper, knowing about these predators and how you might protect Koi against them can literally be the difference between life and death for your stock. Continue reading “Protect Koi from Heron – Koi Predators”

The Beginners Guide to Koi Varieties

Colours, Scales & Markings

Koi, or nishikigoi as they are more properly known, exhibit a dazzling array of different colours, patterns and scalations. The possibilities are endless but breeders have established certain desirable traits and identifiable combinations of traits in order to classify a number of varieties. If you have become baffled by the world of koi then here are the principle varieties to look out for.

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Koi Symbolism

Have you ever wondered why koi imagery is so prevalent in tattoo art, interior design, sculpture and painting? Koi are colourful and beautiful creatures but their use in art and design is generally more symbolic than aesthetic.

Koi carp are revered in Asian culture and are attributed with many symbolic meanings. If you take even a brief look at the history of Koi, their attributes and the legends that surround them, then it isn’t difficult to see why.

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