Articles
Koi's magazine (Indonesia) - Rahasiah Keajaiban Kolam Lumpur
Indonesian Mud pond article (2.8Mb)
Koi's magazine (Indonesia)- Rahasiah Keajaiban Kolam Lumpur (2)
Indonesian Mud pond article (200Kb)
Koi Nations magazine - The Mud Pond Myth
The Mud Ponds of Japan have long been regarded as the best place to leave Koi to get Jumbo... But, is it really the best option?
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Koi Nations magazine - Investigating Growth
Written by Hefin Jones, this article is a cut-down version of a dissertation that he did for his degree in Animal Science. I worked with him as far as comparative data from here in Bristol, and Japan is concerned. We also supplied the Koi, which I carefully selected by quality, body type, and size in the hope that they had equal growth characteristics. By the way... the '69cm as Nisai' (in the Autumn, having grown from small Tosai in Spring of the same year) is not a misprint!
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Koi Nations magazine - Testing Time In Japan
Having spent the last 10 years preaching about soft water, and hearing other people argue that the mud ponds are mineral rich, I decided it was time to finally prove that the water is indeed how I claim...
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Koi Nations magazine - You Get What You Pay For!
Choosing High Class Koi for the future, to grow Jumbo. Very in depth, and high resolution.
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Koi Nations magazine - Future Koi
From Tategoi to Jumbo. This article was written in 2008, and also features speculation at that time, of how the BKKS 2010 Mature Champion would grow... this dream became a reality.
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Koi Nations magazine - Dissolve This!
Confused about 'TDS' levels? Read this one.
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Koi-Bito magazine - The 80cm Quest Part 1
Growing low price Tosai to 80cm+
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Koi-Bito magazine - The 80cm Quest Part 2
Growing low price Tosai to 80cm+
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Koi-Bito magazine - The 80cm Quest Part 3
Growing low price Tosai to 80cm+
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Koi-Bito magazine - The 80cm Quest Part 4
Growing low price Tosai to 80cm+ Continuation of the series, but published in the BKKS 2006 National Show programme
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BKKS 2007 National Show programme - Mud, Glorious Mud
Mud ponds, plus continued info on 'The 80cm Quest' (Note... 'Kohaku' pics, should read as 'Sanke')
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BKKS 2008 National Show Programme - The 80cm Quest, the finale!
The finale of the '80cm Quest', but downsized for the Koi Show programme, as Koi-Bito magazine sadly ended production. An interesting note, is that 'Sanke A' is now over 90cm (as of 2010), and grown entirely from average size Tosai in the UK.
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Uncovered - The Mystique of the Mud Pond
Continuing the series about raising jumbo koi the Japanese way
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Sexing Koi
So you thought that telling the difference between male and female koi was easy? Think again!
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Not so simple Sumi
Sumi isn’t what it used to be.
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Jumbo Potential
Choosing Tosai with the potential to grow into jumbo koi is a skill in itself.
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The Mystique of the Mudpond
The mud pond has many virtues and is the ideal environment for raising koi.
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The Mystique of the Mudpond - Water Hardness
Focussing on water chemistry
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All Japan Winners 2008
Prize winners from the All Japan Show 2008
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All Japan Koi Show 2008
The 2008, Tokyo All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show
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All Japan Koi Show 2007
The 38th All Japan Show, 2007
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The Ultimate Tategoi Challenge
Equal the performance of Japanese breeders' techniques.
From Koi Nations magazine
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Life After KHV
Our report on an outbreak of KHV.
From Koi Nations magazine
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Yume Koi Show Report 2008 BKKS National
Our report on the success of Yume Koi supplied fish at the Koi Show.
July 2008
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All about Omosako Shiro Utsuri (Danish)
The focus is on black and white.
From Dansk Koi magazine December 2007
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Choosing a Koi with a future (Dutch)
The importance of body shape/frame and sumi quality.
From Koi Wijzer magazine
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The Mud Pond Alternative
Looking at the secrets of the mud pond, and why we should strive to achieve more from Koi.
From Koi Nations magazine
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A new era in pond keeping
New ideas for pond design based on Japanese research.
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Reversing a trend
The virtues of reverse osmosis.
September 2003
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Softly does it
The benefits gained from nurturing soft water.
August 2003
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Bargain hunt
Buying Momotaro Koi at auction in Japan.
July 2003
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The magic of Momotaro
Momotaro Koi farm is without doubt one of Japan's finest breeders.
June 2003
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Choosing a Koi with a future
The importance of body shape/frame and sumi quality.
June 2003
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Real beauty is skin deep
Explaining the relationship of parent koi to their offspring.
May 2003
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Magic water
The Japanese are the true masters in growing Koi. But what are their secrets?
April 2003
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