With full-color photographs, annotated illustrations and detailed, expert how-to advice, this guidebook is ideal for the koi hobbyist.
Koi begins with the history of koi-keeping, from the first known use of the word "koi"(about 500 BC) to the early 1900s, when collectors began breeding them for specific colors and metallics. The markings and patterns of koi are their most important feature, and the authors detail these in depth and define the Japanese terms used to describe them.
In addition to the section on the 15 varieties of koi, or nishikigoi, the authors address the care and exhibition of koi. Topics include:
- The water enviroment
- Feeding programs
- Pond design and maintenance
- Enviromental health factors
- Evaluating and grading koi
- Behavioral Symptoms
- Pre-show and post-show preparations
- Parasitic, bacterial and viral conditions
- Judging criteria used at shows
- The effects of temperature on feeding
- Selecting and breeding koi
- How to enchance colors
Koi is a complete and practical reference on these enjoyable, enchanting creatures.
About The Author:
Servaas de Kock is an expert aquaculturist who, for many years, has supplied show-quality fish to koi-keepers, dealers and breeders around the world. He has contributed to numerous publications.
Ronnie Watt is a retired breeder of show-quality koi. He has judged at international koi shows and has published scientific papers.
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