- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Gardners Books (December 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 095263810X
- ISBN-13: 978-0952638100
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Koi Kichi Paperback – December 31, 1999
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His chapter on parasites, bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases is authoritative, detailed, and complete. It is just what will save the novice Koi keeper from poor advice from uniformed sources. The specific remedies he recommends have already saved enough of our Koi from death that we have more than recovered the cost of the book.
The author goes into detail on pond planning, design, construction, and the whys, whynots, and how-to's of water treatment. He also includes specific recommendations on water pumps, air pumps, plumbing equipment, biofilter material and pond materials.
His chapter on filtration is incredibly good. His knowledge is exactly what any Koi pond builder or keeper needs.
Peter Waddington is a typically British author with understated wit and humor liberally sprinkled about to keep us smiling.
His frequent and detailed trips to Japan's Koi breeding area acquaint us with the most famous Koi breeders for each Koi variety.
His pictures are beautiful, numerous, and show each of the Koi varieties.
While the Tetra Encyclopedia of Koi may be more affordable and has been basic to the hobby for many years, the extra money for Koi Kichi will be well spent. And, after all, the price is not so outrageous if you ever had a subscription to Nichiren. In fact, very good-looking koi cost much more than Koi Kichi! Yes, sometimes, thousands of times more than the retail price.
If you aren't in the koi hobby, this book also makes a fascinating and handsome coffee table book. Waddington's photographs of koi ponds and some of the most stunning and prize-winning koi ever to be photographed will be sure to make for interesting tea time conversations for years to come. You will be sure to hear, the delighted question: "What are Koi!?"
You don't know what koi are? Check out the Koi Unlimited Homepage at ([...] To be certain, you'll be surprised.
Stan Faryna, a happy owner of a prize-winning Platinum Ogon
The thing that may make this book less useful to the DIY person is that Waddington(author) is talking about what he calls a 'proper' system which excludes a lot of what poeple who like to do it themselves consider staple. For example, he leaves out many details about pond construction because he believes it should be made from concrete, and should be left to a professional along with electrical wiring, surveying, and landscaping.
As far as a reference book on koi, I found it to be excellent, and it certainly gives a different perspective on pond setups.