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Koi: A Handbook on Keeping Nishikigoi Paperback – November 15, 2006
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A comprehensive guide to keeping and showing these beautiful fish.... Enlightening.... Illustrated with brilliant photographs. (Adam Levine Nature's Garden)
[This is] a comprehensive guidebook that koi enthusiasts will not want to miss. (The Now (Surrey, B.C.) 2007-04-18)
The authors ... provide all the basics in an easy, logical progression of tips perfect for general interest lending libraries strong in pet preferences.... This is a guide any aspiring koi-keeper needs. (James A. Cox, California Bookwatch The Midwest Book Review)
A comprehensive guidebook that koi enthusiasts will not want to miss. (Joanne Hatherly Chilliwack Times 2007-03-16)
Comprehensive guidebook... koi enthusiasts will not want to miss. (Joanne Hatherly Victoria Times-Colonist 2007-01-10)
An important book on koi-keeping... comprehensive. (Clear Englebert Kona [Island, Hawaii] Outdoor Circle Newsletter)
Comprehensive guidebook... koi enthusiasts will not want to miss. (Joanne Hatherly Edmonton Journal 2007-02-10)
With full-color photographs, annotated illustrations and detailed, expert how-to advice, this guidebook is ideal for the koi hobbyist. Once you build a pond using the first book, now you can add koi to it using this book! (Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report 215, The Guardian 2012-04-01)
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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What I really like about the book is the authors' clear and concise approach to what can be a rather complex subject. They keep it simple and easy to understand, while letting you know that the hobby has deep roots in Japanese culture. The more you learn, the more you will want to know.
There is good, solid information on starting a collection, including what to look for when selecting individual Koi. The pictures are very good, the colors reproduced quite well. You will learn that you aren't just looking for "pretty fish," you are investing in the future.
I was looking for a good book to direct people to when they ask me what they should read. (I get asked about this a lot, as I've been in the hobby for more than 10 years.) This book not only gives a good overview of the hobby, but also provides a great deal of definitive information on just what it is that should be appreciated about Koi, what makes one a "garden pond" fish, and another a "show quality Koi."
All books have at least one failing. In this book, it was the in the translation. In the section on Water Quality, where dissolved oxygen was discussed, a word that should have been translated as "venturi," was mistranslated as "flowmeter." This mistake was repeated several times in that chapter. A picture of a venturi in operation made it obvious to me what was meant. Perhaps it can be corrected in a future edition of the book.
That aside, I think this book offers a great deal, even when compared to others that cost much more. A good start for those collecting Koi, or collecting books on Koi. You could certainly spend more on such a book, but you'd be hard pressed to get more for what you'll spend on this one.
It's way too detailed and gives way more information than I was actually looking for. I won't rate it badly because it is a thorough book - I was just looking for a book on keeping koi in a backyard pond - not on being a professional koi keeper!!
Perhaps I need to find a "koi for dummies!"