Kelmarsh Koi Show
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I've been getting quite a few hits recently from Germany so I decided to investigate why. I know the country is big on aquarium fish but I didn't realize how popular koi keeping is there. According to Sitemeter they were coming from a site and forum called Medekoi, not to be confused with Medikoi or Medicarp, two popular brands of food.
The International Koi & Pet Show is on this weekend, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th, at Kelmarsh Hall in Northampton, UK. It's billed as the Premier Koi Show of the year, which maybe a bit too ambitious but should be worth a look if you can get there. Although not affiliated with any clubs some of the leading UK koi dealers should be there, with DJ's Koi one of the organizers. As well as koi there will be lots of other animals and displays going on to keep the whole family happy.
On the Practical Fishkeeping Magazine website they have a news report about further outbreaks of KHV infections in UK still water fisheries. Last month I mentioned the disease was reported in three fisheries in the south of England that the Environment Agency were monitoring:- KHV Outbreaks in Southern England. These latested outbreaks bring the number to nine reported cases of KHV in the last month, the most ever reported before in the UK. This could be due to the extremely hot weather this summer triggering the disease and the increased awareness and fear people have about KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) meaning outbreaks are more likely to be notified. Further lab tests should reveal for definite whether the five latest fisheries with mortalities were from KHV. The results should become available later this week.
In a follow up report on the INPC website about the past KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) outbreak a month ago in Japan, the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association have given reassurances that the measures put in place have so far worked and no more infections have been found. All tested koi in the region including the eight suspected breeders have proved negative. This is good news but we shall have to wait a while until the koi farms can be given a clean bill of health. In recent research the virus has been detected in koi up to 3 months after they survived an outbreak. Its still not clear even with more sensitive PCR tests whether Koi can be carriers long term so breeders and dealers cannot afford to take chances. The news is hopeful but we will have to wait and see.
According to the BKKS British Koi Keepers Society website there seems to be good news for koi keepers about Hikari resuming to supply Europe with their food again. So far they state that an initial small quantity has been flown in to Britain and distributed between dealers. With empty shelves and the food only available on the internet in the EU, I don't see this lasting long. In fact Ebay sellers have been cashing in on the shortage with the food going for considerably higher than retail price. Hopefully this shouldn't last much longer as full supply has been reported to resume by the end of July.
Here's a funny little news story that goes to show that you should be careful of who you trust to look after your koi pond. When it comes to mixing water with electricity or just feeding your fish it's best to do it yourself or get an expert in. Interestingly Pamela Anderson (formely from BayWatch)features in this story, which obviously makes it news worthy. When typing Pamela Anderson and Koi into Google alsorts of odd stuff comes up.
Goldfish Queen the popular blog about Chinese goldfish and importing goldfish from her farm in China has recently started a blog about Koi. Chinese Koi was started because her farm as well as producing goldfish has been supplying around 20 million koi around the world.
Here's an interesting Koi pond and little personal website by Mr Masanori Matumoto. While most of it is in Japanese and there's not a lot of information, it does have a certain charm. What interested me most was that his pond is over a hundred years old, built around 1880-1900.
I mentioned the news of an outbreak of KHV(Koi Herpes Virus) in Japan's Niigata Prefecture on Wednesday and a follow-up report has been issued today. The report by the Niigata director for The All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association outlines their efforts to eliminate the disease. Working with the breeders and local authorities they have traced the spread of the infection to 8 breeders whose koi came into contact with diseased koi from one breeder. All koi concerned have been culled and measures put in place so no doubt is left for a repeat situation
On the INPC -International Nishikigoi Promotion Center website news is breaking about a reported outbreak of KHV (koi herpes virus). They have confirmed the outbreak with a report stating it was found in koi from dealers in Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture.
On Sunday, June 18, a KHV infected Koi was identified for the first time from a Niigata breeder. The source of infection was a tategoi transferred from another prefecture. All possibly infected Koi from that source have been inspected and culled. We are currently in the process of reinspecting all Niigata Koi to prevent the spread of KHV. Details will be reported in early July, but please allow us to offer our sincerest apologies for the anxiety caused.
Hajime Isa, Niigata Regional Director,All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association
Richdon Koi have recently announced the winner of their bi-monthly prize draw. The next draw for July and August will take place on the 1st of September with a prize of £500 to be spent on any of their wonderful koi. This could be a pond full of fish or an individual koi. To be in with a chance you just have to spend over £50 from their website, which shouldn't be too hard.
Something that I hadn't thought about concerns what other species can you mix with your koi. Whilst most serious koi keepers wouldn't dream of such a thing, I do know many who have at least one large dull carp. These may not be a different species but have little in common with the finely breed koi we all aspire to own.
Surfing the net I stumbled upon a site giving ideas for koi companions. Here in the UK we are all familiar with mixing koi in garden ponds with goldfish, golden orfe and maybe a snail or two. I have seen grass carp and sturgeons kept with koi but around the world with different climates and local wildlife there are other ideas. The usual advice here is to avoid koi and plants, as they are either eaten or dug up and other animals are a distraction at best. So it was strange to me to find a site positively encouraging pond owners to introduce such creatures as ; frogs, toads, turtles and even ducks !!
Thinking this was a bit strange or a one off I discovered that actually koi are sharing their ponds with a variety of creatures in different countries. In fact there are websites selling such things as turtles to put in your koi pond. I'm not sure whether they are turtles or terrapins, or if its a good idea, but it seems quite popular. With the hot summer weather here in the UK at the moment it's interesting to read about koi ponds in more tropical places.
Here is a site about a very nice pond where all the inhabitants seem to successfully get along. Admittedly some of them are wandering local wildlife that find a home, but it should make us think how lucky we are to only have to deal with the odd heron now and again in the UK.