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Koi Health

How to Keep Your Summer Pond Healthy

Posted by Minnie Ray Chaudhury on

How to Keep Your Summer Pond Healthy

Written by our friends at Aquascape.  Your summer pond's water temperature might feel just right to you as you dip your toes into it after a long day of work. But once the water temperature rises above 80 Fº, you may run into problems. An obvious sign of an undesirable issue is noticing your fish gasping for air close to the water’s surface or near a fountain or waterfall. Warm water has a low capacity for holding oxygen, while cooler water can hold large amounts of oxygen. Warm water and increased activity in the pond go hand and hand. That...

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Gill Health: Why it's Important

Posted by Minnie Ray Chaudhury on

Gill Health: Why it's Important

Written by Ken Austin, Certified Koi Keeper, Koi Organisation International  Gills are important to the health and well-being of your Koi. Anything that undermines their efficiency is likely to be harmful to the health of the Koi. While gills may be broadly considered equivalent to your lungs, they serve multiple functions, to include: Gaseous exchange where dissolved oxygen in the water diffuses into the blood stream and carbon dioxide in the blood stream diffuses out into the water. Ammonia produced by the digestion of protein is expelled from the blood stream into the water via the gills. Osmoregulation, a process...

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Koi Health: The Things You Wish You Learned Before You Discovered a Problem

Posted by Ben Cooke on

Koi Health: The Things You Wish You Learned Before You Discovered a Problem

Having your favorite pet Koi fish get sick is every pond owners worst nightmare. Let's face it, these beautiful calm creatures are like kids to some of us. What's worse is that one sick Koi left untreated, often leads to many more, and the effects on your entire pond stock can be devastating.  The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is absolutely true. I hope every Koi keeper and potential Koi keeper carefully eqiups themselves with knowledge and some basic tools before going too deep into the hobby.  Below is an excerpt taken from one of my favorite...

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