Serene and beautiful, koi are symbols of peace, tranquillity, good fortune and prosperity. But not always! The fish sparked a war between neighbours in Birmingham recently. The ongoing battle was far from peaceful and ended up costing taxpayers £25,000!Continue reading “Koi pond sparks war between neighbours”
A little research will reveal all the advice you need to create a koi pond for your home. As we have explained on this blog, size matters and it is important to ensure that you can maintain good water quality.
Most people choose to build their koi pond using bricks or cement but one enthusiast has taken the unusual step of using a car!
Japanese koi are associated with good luck and prosperity. But there wasn’t a great deal of good fortune about when a consignment of koi was delivered to a Chinese University recently.
Linyi University in Shandong province had been offered a donation of 13,000 live fish by a fishery firm. The consignment of fish was duly sent to the university and included some 3,000 koi. Unfortunately, disaster struck when the delivery was made. Continue reading “Japanese koi accidentally dumped on campus lawn”
Interacting with the koi in your pond on a more personal level is not only a source of great fun, but it can also be a very rewarding experience. Koi (like humans!) are known to have changes in mood and this is all related to how comfortable and safe they feel in their environment. One way to ensure that they remain happy is by Continue reading “Feeding koi by hand”
If you are attracted to the idea of keeping koi, you must consider the financial implications of your potential new hobby. Koi can live for 30 years and more! The costs will depend on the scale of the pond that you create, the construction method and whether or not you build it yourself. But a koi
pond is Continue reading “Is Koi Keeping an Expensive Hobby?”
With the bizarre weather which increasingly seems to afflict the UK, it can be hard to know when spring has sprung! Just when you think that the winter is behind you, another wave of snow blankets the landscape in white and temperatures plunge. But eventually spring will arrive and your koi will begin feeding again.
The Stresses of Spring
With water temperatures going up and down like the proverbial yoyo, your koi may be feeling a little stressed! When water temperatures reach 40°F – 50°F your fish’s immune system Continue reading “Caring for Koi in Spring”
It is crucial to acclimatise a koi to the water if you are returning or introducing it to your pond. You may have purchased a new fish, removed a fish temporarily for treatment, taken a fish to a show or built a new pond. In all cases, your koi should be acclimatised to the water. Continue reading “How to acclimatise koi to a new environment”
Koi are big business in Japan and 90 percent of the fish produced are exported. Hand-reared for their aesthetic qualities, koi have become a symbol of the country and a single prize specimen can sell for thousands of pounds. The fish recently hit the headlines worldwide when Donald Trump was snapped dumping a box of food into a Tokyo pond. Continue reading “Japanese Koi Competitions”
As many as one in every forty-five children has some level of autism. Individuals who are on the autistic spectrum will often have difficulties with social skills, the perception of others and the perception of the world around them. Continue reading “Fish Keeping and Autism”
During president Trump’s recent visit to Japan, he was invited to feed the koi at the Akasaka Palace, one of the two State Guesthouses of the Government of Japan. The prized fish have been viewed by a succession of world leaders including Margaret Thatcher. This seemingly innocuous aspect of the President’s trip sparked a media storm when images and video emerged which showed him dumping his entire box of fish food into the pond! Continue reading “The Trump Dump Koi Scandal”