When and how to handle Koi

At some point in every koi’s life, it will need to be handled; whether it’s at the breeder’s facilities, at the dealer’s, at home, when undergoing treatment or when being shown. In fact, compared to many other ornamental fish, some koi might be handled very regularly, especially if they’re shown. The question posed by koi keepers is therefore how often koi should be handled, an...
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Aeration

There is a school of thought that says that you can never have too much aeration in a Koi pond but it is not one that I adhere to as once the water is 100% saturated with oxygen there is no point adding more - any further addition of air is a waste of energy and money.  However, aeration is important as it is not only the fish that need to breathe in your pond but also any plan...
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Do you need to quarantine Koi?

To quarantine or not to quarantine, that is the question... The word ‘quarantine’ (which, incidentally, comes from the Latin quarantine, meaning ‘forty days’), is a length of time in which a disease can be incubated, and therefore expressed in an organism. That way, it’s possible to see who does, and doesn’t, carry a specific disease. Traditionally, forty days is the time that ...
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Spawning Continues

Spawning Continues
Whilst the fry from the first spawnings are about to go out into a mud pond, other parent sets are busy spawning in neighbouring spawning tanks. This is a new female Kohaku for us from Matsue. She has all the right qualities and is full of eggs  - although she is becoming less so as I type!  We'll keep our fingers crossed that this will be a good one! (Lisa)
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Spawning is underway

2017 Spawning is underway
Spawning is underway at Cuttlebrook.  Here are some of our fry, still in the spawning tank, that have hatched in the last few days.  They are totally transparent at the moment and the most obvious things about them are their eyes and the air bubble in their swim bladders.  These guys will be going out into a mud pond in the next few days where they will have lots of natural foo...
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