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Koi: Living Jewels of the Orient Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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From the Back Cover
In Japan, breeding koia colorful and beautiful member of the carp familyhas occupied a position between hobby and art form for more than two centuries. This stunningly illustrated book, compiled by a team of koi experts, shows and tells you virtually everything you need to know about this fascinating activity. Koi are hardy fish, relatively large in size, and the most practical way to keep them is in an outdoor pond. Combining text with illustrations, an important section of the book explains the requirements of a garden pond for koi, showing the filtration system and pointing out how it functions. Most of the book concentrates on koi themselves, presenting a brief history of how this fish originated, and continuing with information on purchasing, maintaining, and breeding these unusual and exotically beautiful fish. Color photos show more than 100 koi varieties and point out both more desirable and less desirable markings to look for when selecting specimens for your pond.
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I do like the information, many photographs and illustrations. It makes it clear the basic types of koi, identifying koi diseases, and even shows how to perform basic surgery on your koi.
There is a fairly basic section on pond building and filtration. I was hoping for a more in-depth discussion of filter components, their pros and cons, and how to determine what size filter is needed for your pond.
Overall, it is a good book for a beginner, but more advanced koi enthusiasts will probably find it lacking.
I bought the book as a Christmas gift for my husband's folks...
They just installed a 16 X 33 foot Koi pond in their back yard.
They have three little waterfalls the aerate the water, and are in the process of adding appropriate plants.
They really do not know a thing about KOI.
But I guess it's a new hobby for them....they're retired and
perhaps need a new direction in life.
I hope they read this book before they lose too many of those expensive, shiny fishies!
I read the book prior to giving it to them, and it details the many names and types of KOI, (which means CARP in Japanese.)
The book explains how one would proplery build an in-ground Koi pond, and shows many examples of how to go about this.
It's facinating...did you know that KOI require a high protien diet for their health, and to maintain their beautiful, bright colorings? There is quite a variety of food available to give them.
There is a ton of useful information in this book about KOI,
and it makes a very nice gift for the Holidays.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!