Area tropical fish store opens with a splash

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Area tropical fish store opens with a splash

Area tropical fish store opens with a splash excerpt posted found from http://www.presspubs.com

By Pat Zeitner/Contributing Writer Mar 28, 2017 Updated Mar 28, 2017

Area tropical fish store opens with a splash

CIRCLE PINES — A new pet shop is making waves in Circle Pines.

Xeng “Andy” Moua and his wife IaOng, or “Mandee,” recently opened Quality Aquatics Pet Shop. It is the latest phase of Andy’s lifelong hobby with the tropical animals.

“I was probably 10, I was really into fish,” Moua said. “As I got older, I was messing with this fish thing for close to 15 years, keeping it at home.”

Eventually, he opened a store in Columbia Heights with his brother. “We had it up and going less than two years. That was really new to us. I learned a lot from that experience, so now I have a better idea of what direction I should go with the shop,” he said.

“I decided not to open another one again (after closing the store with this brother), but for some reason I couldn’t get it out of me, so here we are,” he said.

The no-frills fish store is located at 9205 Lexington Ave. N. in Circle Pines, in a strip mall that has become popular with new tenants these last few months. Moua and his wife, who now live in Arden Hills, previously lived in Circle Pines, so they knew the area.

“We didn’t really choose this location, it chose us. We came to get our DMV tags around the building, and we saw a vacant sign. I said, ‘Let’s go take a peek at it.’ One thing led to another and we ended up signing the lease the same day,” he laughed.

A recent online fish list for the store includes a Peacocks & Haps section with an alphabetical listing of Aulonocara lwanda to Tramitichromis intermedius. There is a Fossorochromis rostratus (female only), and an assortment of extra large male Nimbochromis venustus.

In addition, the store stocks Tanganyika, mbuna, goldfish, koi and plecos. The crocodile pikehead, black ghost knife and Chinese high-fin shark are all listed under the Oddballs category.

“I work with a lot of distributors. I like to carry a lot of varieties,” Moua said. “My store doesn’t cater to just one specific type of fish. I have community fish, goldfish, koi, African cichlids, discus. I try to carry every type of fish I can. You never know what a customer is going to want.”

Some customers may want a Leichardti arowana, listed at $239 and change. One of his most popular fish is the silver arowana, just under $22. “That’s a ranchu, he’s being a goofball,” Moua points to a knobby round gray fish dancing around as if he knows he has an audience.

Moua sells feeder fish that can go home with the buyer’s new freshwater fish. Aquariums and accessories are not yet part of his inventory.

Although Moua’s fish store is new in this neighborhood, word gets around. “I have customers from Wisconsin, Fargo, Iowa — I was surprised. I didn’t expect that deal,” he said smiling.

Moua used to work in auto body repairs. “I wasn’t passionate about it like I thought I would be. I’m more passionate about fish than cars.”

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Doitsu Koi

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Doitsu Koi

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Most of the genetic make up of Koi varieties today, do have Doitsugoi blood. Doitsu Hariwake,

Doitsu Kohaku, Doitsu Sanke, Doitsu Showa and Doitsu Yamato Nishiki just to name a few. Doitsu Koi went through centuries of selective breeding and most of the time rated highest rating fish can receive.

In the late 1800’s German Koi were imported in Japan to improve the supply of edible fish, since it did not have scales with a bulkier body shape which means more meat to eat. Also, another purpose of importation is to cross-breed the German carp with the indigenous carp.

Two German scientists, selected 40 fry of the best quality available in their country, then transported all of it to Japan. Only 7 carp survived the trip as it is during the Japanese-Russo War. 6 leather carp and 1 mirror carp turned out to be the genetic backbone of Doitsu as we know today.

To compare with Japanese carp, the body shape of Doitsu carp was more rounded and shorter. They also have a better growth rate than local carp. However, they mature early and do not reach the same old age as Japanese carp. They even show less resistance towards diseases. Fortunately, as observed by scientists; the offspring of Doitsu carp shows very hybrid vigor as a result when it is used in breeding with other carp. Doitsu Koi is sometimes called as “Mirror-Scale Koi” because along its back, you will find a mirror-scale dorsal line. If not available at Koi’s back, you can find the mirror-scale lateral line on its side.

There are several scalations to be found on Doitsu carp. Doitsu Koi with scales only found on the back are called Kawigoi or mirror carp. Those Koi without scales at all are known as Kawas Goi or leather carp. Additionally, a Koi with scales on the back as well as the lateral line are called as Kagami goi or striped carp.

Most of the genetic make up of Koi varieties today, do have Doitsugoi blood. Doitsu Hariwake, Doitsu Kohaku, Doitsu Sanke, Doitsu Showa and Doitsu Yamato Nishiki just to name a few. Truly, Doitsu Koi went through centuries of selective breeding and most of the time rated highest rating fish can receive.

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Koi carp robbery: Garden focus staff “disheartened” by episode as advance to follow important fish proceeds

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Koi carp robbery: Garden focus staff “disheartened” by episode as advance to follow important fish proceeds

Koi carp robbery: Garden focus staff “disheartened” by episode as advance to follow important fish proceeds

Excerpt posted found at http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/koi-carp-theft-garden-centre-12752884

BYBETH DUFFELL
06:00, 17 MAR 2017

Koi carp robbery: Garden focus staff "disheartened" by episode as advance to follow important fish proceeds

Staff at the garden focus where koi carp worth more than £7,500 were stolen have talked about their pity in the wake of finding the fish had been taken.

Squire’s Garden Center in Badshot Lea close Farnham was the casualty of a fairly abnormal wrongdoing amid a break-in at the middle between 6.30pm on Friday (March 10) and 7.30am on Saturday (March 11).

Ten koi carp in addition to one sturgeon were stolen from an outside show tank, with the hoodlums leaving only one fish swimming all alone in the water.

The wrongdoers likewise exchanged an air circulation block in the water to an abnormal state, implying that a blind of air pockets shaped on the surface of water, disguising the reality the fish had been taken.

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Martin Breddy, overseeing executive at the branch, stated: “There was a feeling of stun truly and tremendous dissatisfaction in light of the fact that the staff take awesome care of the fish.

“They turn out to be extremely appended to them. Some of these fish have been here for a few years, genuine example koi.

“There was a great deal of suspicion about how on earth somebody had figured out how to take such enormous fish.”

Police advance after £7.5k worth of profitable koi carp stolen from garden focus

He proceeded with: “That by itself demonstrated to us that it more likely than not been a significant operation and a really proficient operation to dispose of 11 such huge fish.

“The fish are all very novel. The thing that gatherers like is to have the most surprising examples.

“On the off chance that the fish do turn up anyplace, if individuals are truly careful then quite possibly’s we may discover the offenders however more critically we may recover our fish.”

Koi carp robbery at Squire’s: Thousands of pounds worth of fish stolen

Dane Pullen, sea-going administrator, said he was exceptionally disturbed in regards to the robbery: “They’ve arranged how to do it,” he said.

“It would take a dreadful parcel of care. Our primary concern is the welfare of the fish since it’s no simple undertaking to get these, to pack them up, to box them.

“For them to come in, plan the expulsion of those sorts of size fish. They plainly realized what they were after and the instruments to do it.

“They’re not simply angle, they are not only an item, they are a piece of the store – it’s a genuine misfortune.”

The 10 stolen koi carp

Security is presently being ventured up at the garden focus. Surrey Police propelled an interest about the robbery on Thursday.

Sergeant Paul Edwards stated: “Each of the koi carp are around a large portion of a meter long, in this way it would have required a sensible measure of investment and conceivably various individuals to take the fish from the show pool.

“I would speak to any individual who was in the territory at the season of the occurrence and saw anything suspicious to approach to officers.”

Anybody with data is made a request to call Surrey Police on 101 citing reference 45170025350 or call Crimestoppers philanthropy namelessly on 0800 555 111.

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Filthy canal cleaned and transformed into natural koi pond

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Filthy canal cleaned and transformed into natural koi pond

Filthy canal cleaned and transformed into natural koi pond

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Filthy canal cleaned and transformed into natural koi pond
Photo courtesy from Explore Iligan PH

ILIGAN CITY – What used to be a filthy drainage canal in Purok de Oro in Barangay Poblacion is now a favorite hangout for locals after it was transformed into a koi pond.

Lito Dela Corta and Richard Digamo said that last year, they discovered how their neighbor’s tilapia thrived in the canal despite the polluted water that ran through it.

“They also had a koi carp which grew really big, so we thought it was possible to breed them here,” Dela Corta said.

They cleaned up the canal and gathered almost three hundred sacks of garbage from the drain which they also used to support the embankment.

Besides making the canal much more pleasing, the koi also had an unexpected health benefit to residents nearby.

“We also do not worry about mosquitoes anymore. They eat mosquito larvae,” said Digamo.

Digamo and Dela Corta feed their fish with leftovers from a nearby fast-food restaurant.

The two have also inspired others to replicate their makeshift fish pond.

Koi Stolen from Surrey Store, Have you seen these koi fish?

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Koi Stolen from Surrey Store, Have you seen these koi fish?

Koi Stolen from Surrey Store, Have you seen these koi fish? excerpt posted from www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk

Koi Stolen from Surrey Store, Have you seen these koi fish?

These ten extra large Koi were stolen from the display pond, along with a sturgeon, at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea, near Farnham on Friday, March 10.

Intruders broke in late on Friday evening, and took these very valuable fish, which are worth a total of £7,725. The Koi are all over half a metre in length and had been selected in Israel for their quality by Squire’s Pets and Aquatics Manager, before being imported from Israel to Squire’s in Badshot Lea.

Deputy Chairman Sarah Squire says: “We are all absolutely devastated that this theft has happened, and are very concerned about the welfare of the fish, as they require a large pond or facility with well-filtered oxygenated water. Pet welfare is at the top of our agenda at Squire’s. We urge people to come forward if they have any information.”

If you know anything about this theft, please get in touch with Surrey Police by calling 101 or email: [email protected]

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi

breeding koi fish, Koi keeping

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi. Today, I was choosing good koi to keep for growout, I don’t use culling term because I will not throw away the cull kois instead let them grow out too and sell at cheaper price. My method is not sophisticated as professional koi breeders in Japan it is my own judgement and what I think for me is beautiful, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so based on my judgement I kept the ones that I believe is beautiful for me.

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi culling koi fry

These are simple steps I did.

  1. I check the bodies for deformities
  2. I check the gills if it has no opening
  3. I check for the good potential coloration

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Two Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks in Bucuresti was reported in Romania

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Two Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks in Bucuresti was reported in Romania

Two Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks in Bucuresti was reported in Romania

Excerpt posted from http://www.thefishsite.com

Two Koi Herpesvirus Disease Outbreaks in Bucuresti was reported in Romania

ROMANIA – The Romanian veterinary authorities have reported two new outbreaks of koi herpesvirus disease outbreaks in Bucuresti.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 3 March. According to the report, the outbreak was initially observed on 24 May 2016, and was confirmed on 3 March after a polymerase chain reaction test was conducted on 17 February at the Institute for Diagnosis and Animal Health.
The affected population comprises koi carp (Ciprinus carpio), where a total of 19 fishes were found to be susceptible. Out of the 19 susceptible fishes, 14 cases and deaths were reported. A total of 17 koi carps were slaughtered.
The OIE has put into place several control measures such as disinfection/disinfestation, stamping out, zoning and depending upon availability or existence of a vaccine, vaccination of all koi carps. However, the affected populations have not received any sort of treatment.
The source or origin of the outbreaks has not yet been determined.

how to identify male and female koi fish

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how to identify male and female koi fish

how to identify male and female koi fish

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Koi fish are a great addition to any garden pond or aquarium. But whether you just brought your koi fish home or its spawning season fish friends, determining the sex of your koi fish can prove difficult for new owners. This is especially true if the koi are still young. However, determining koi fish gender is important for the health of your koi. If you can determine the gender of your koi, you can more easily watch for gender-specific sickness and disease in the koi’s life. Read ahead to learn more about koi genders!

Male and female koi differ slightly in shape and size.

Male and female koi differ slightly in shape and size.

SEXING KOI FISH

Sexing, or identifying the sex, can be difficult if the koi is under a foot long. However, with older koi you can easily identify the gender by comparing size. Generally, male koi are slimmer and smaller than their female counterparts. Female koi have a fuller body and broader shoulders. However, at a young age, male koi are typically larger than female. Male koi may also have larger pectoral fins than females. These fins are more pointed than round female fins.

You can also identify a koi’s gender by examining the vent area on the underside of the fish. A male koi will have a line from head to tail. A female koi will have the same line, but will also have another crossing in a “T” shape. A female’s vent will also be more round and more pink than a male’s.

 

Observe your koi during feeding to see if they skirt away or fight for the food.

Observe your koi during feeding to see if they skirt away or fight for the food.

If you carefully feel your koi’s pelvic bones, females will have a soft abdomen in between the bones for holding fish eggs. In male koi, however, these bones are fused. Again, these methods are difficult when koi are young.

Also take note of your koi fish’s eating habits. Females tend to be more aggressive during feedings, staying near the surface and continually eating, while male koi swim around more throughout the session.

During spawning season, male koi will develop some tiny white spots on the sides of their face. These are called tubercles and feel rough to the touch, like sandpaper. Females do not develop tubercles.

SPAWNING

Placing male and female koi together in a koi pond will not guarantee spawning. Koi prefer shallow areas around a pond to spawn. Many ponds have steep sides and are at a recommended five feet depth.

Female koi produce eggs each year if nutritional and environmental needs are met. These eggs are released once the water warms up enough (68˚F). The Japanese believe the full moon generates spawning.

 

Females release koi eggs during spawning season, usually during early summer.

Females release koi eggs during spawning season, usually during early summer.

Identifying koi fish gender can be tricky at first, but the task is essential to maintaining the health and wellness of your koi. Do you have any tips or tricks to identifying your koi’s gender? Let us know via the contact form.

 

NJ Flower and Garden Show 2017 Fitzs Fish Ponds Wins Big

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NJ Flower and Garden Show 2017 Fitzs Fish Ponds Wins Big

NJ Flower and Garden Show 2017 Fitzs Fish Ponds Wins Big

excerpt found at www.benzinga.com

Garden Design and Waterfall company steals the show with impressive display.

Bound Brook, New Jersey (PRWEB) March 04, 2017

New Jersey’s Fitz’s Fish Ponds won big at this year’s New Jersey Flower & Garden Show. Held in the NJ Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey, this was the 15th annual show for the organization, and Fitz’s first time as a participant. The theme for this year was “Color The World” and focused on unique garden displays developed by garden centers, nurseries, and landscapers inspired by colorful places throughout the world.

The four-day event, held from February 23rd, 2017 through February 26th, 2017, featured almost 200 exhibitors. Many categories were offered, including horticulture, botanical decor, outdoor lighting, and more. Fitz’s Fish Ponds incredible displays were designed by Mike Hall, and highlighted a variety of Fitz’s services, including koi fish ponds, backyard designs, unique waterfall creations, and outdoor lighting structures. Although the event did not begin until Thursday, the Fitz team arrived at the Expo Center that Monday to begin building the display. They worked tirelessly to develop the impressive architecture from the ground up and their hard work clearly paid off.

Not only did onlookers recognize the aesthetic beauty of Fitz’s displays, but the Flower and Garden Show judges did as well! Fitz’s Fish Ponds won not one, not two, but a whopping FIVE first place prizes at the event. Best Landscape Design, Best Use of Structural Elements, Most Creative Water Feature, Most Dramatic Outdoor Lighting, and Best in Show of 2017 are now titles held exclusively by the Fitz Team. Additionally, Fitz also placed second for the People’s Choice award. As passersby ogled at the glittering waterfalls and the lively Koi fish in their ponds, owner Brian Fitzsimmons couldn’t help but beam with pride.

“Huge display, we’ve been here since Monday building it…it’s unbelievable!” said Brian of the show.

In a seemingly busy and crowded arena, Fitz’s ponds and structural display offered not only creativity and excitement, but also serenity. Printed on banners around the exhibit was Fitz’s message, “Making your backyard dreams a reality.” This has been a goal of Brian Fitzsimmons’ since age 13, when he built his first pond in his parents’ backyard while they were away on vacation. These days, Brian is able to bring the feeling of vacation and paradise to backyards across the entire Tri-state area. With both their retail store as well as the many services they offer, Fitz’s Fish Ponds is a full service pond developer and supplier. The 2017 New Jersey Flower & Garden Show was not the only place for visitors to see Fitz’s amazing work. Owner Brian encourages customers to visit the pond headquarters and design their own version of paradise. For inspiration, watch the brief video recapping the event on YouTube. To get started, visit fitzfishponds.com or call 908-315-7377 and speak to a team member today!

 

Abandoned and neglected koi fish find shelter at Koi Show

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Abandoned and neglected koi fish find shelter at Koi Show

Abandoned and neglected koi fish find shelter at Koi Show

excerpt found at http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com

By. Pam KragenContact Reporter

This weekend, koi fish enthusiasts from all over Southern California will gather in Del Mar for the San Diego Koi Club’s 30th annual show and competition. Yet as prized as these oversize jewel-toned fish may be among collectors, a small segment of this scaly population fall between society’s cracks.

These are the “vagabond koi,” fish who’ve been abandoned, neglected, orphaned by an owner’s death or who’ve become too numerous or costly to maintain. Fortunately for the homeless fish, they have a protector.

Over the past three years, Jerry Myers of Lakeside has rescued nearly 3,000 koi from ponds around the county and, in most cases, found them new homes.  This weekend, Myers will host a Vagabond Koi booth at the show with 150 young fish available for adoption.

30th Annual San Diego Koi Show

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday March 5.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Admission: Free. Parking is $13. 

Details: koiclubofsandiego.org, vagabondkoi.org

The koi rescue group is just Myers’ latest cause. Before that, he ran an Australian shepherd rescue organization. Born into an overcrowded home in New York 62 years ago, Myers and several siblings were moved to a Catholic youth home, where he lived from ages 9 to 15. The experience of losing his family and home left a permanent impression on him and a desire to help others in need.

“I’m kind of an odd character,” said Myers, who edits the koi club’s newsletter. “If I see an animal in trouble. I have to help it. I guess I’ve just got a heart for animals.”

Vagabond Koi got its start in 2014, when Myers was working as an administrator at a medical office. A patient called in and asked if anybody would like some baby koi. Myers and his wife, Diane Conger, live on a 1.5-acre property where he’s maintained his own koi pond for 18 years.

Figuring they had the room in their pond to help out, he drove out, netted the fish and brought them home with the goal of sharing them with other club members.

Then in May 2014, the Cocos Fire swept through the Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association and destroyed much of the community. The pastor’s home was gutted and the fish in his koi pond were suffocating in the ash-choked water. Cal Fire and San Diego Humane Society officials tracked down Myers for help.

He cleaned, stabilized and aerated the pond, built a new holding tank on his own property and then with the help of club members, netted and moved all of the surviving the fish to Lakeside for safe-keeping.

When the pastor decided against rebuilding five months later, he gave Myers permission to find new homes for the fish. Myers gave away all but one, who he calls Lady Matilda.

Mike Poyner, an attorney in Mission Hills who serves with Myers on the Koi Club’s volunteer committee, said the fire awakened a giving spirit in Myers.

“Jerry has a very caring heart and he’s a man of action. When he sees something wrong, it’s like instead of cursing the darkness he lights a candle,” Poyner said. “He has unlimited energy and an unlimited desire to respond when someone needs help.”

There are many reasons people give up their koi. The fish can live up to 100 years and outlive their owners; the cost for electricity and water bills may become too expensive; or the fish may spawn and overwhelm the pond with babies. But the most common reason is the fish can grow from three inches to a foot in length in just a year, and homeowners either buy too many starter fish or their pond isn’t big enough to accommodate the adults.

After news reports aired about the Harmony Grove fish rescue, Myers could barely keep up with demand for his free services. He went from one in-ground pond for his personal collection of 30 fish to a peak of 14 ponds, and his electric bill rose from $300 to $1,100 a month.

Eventually he installed solar panels to cut his power bills, started a nonprofit to accept public donations and found a company that donates up to 100 pounds of feed pellets every month.

These days, with donations and a part-time job maintaining koi ponds for three corporate and private customers, he said he’s finally breaking even.

Myers now has about 300 fish in six ponds on his property. His new rule is to arrange a new adoptive home for rescued koi before he ever collects them, so they don’t have to endure the trauma of being moved twice. Places that received rescued koi include the Catamaran Resort, the Bahia Resort Hotel, the Deer Park Monastery in Escondido and the Mission San Antonio in Pala.

Not everyone who wants to adopt a koi can have one. Sometimes well-meaning homeowners attempt to rescue koi on their own and don’t realize the danger of mixing fish with different immunities, or they mistakenly put the fish in tap water, which has chlorine that will burn their gills and kill them.

Myers said he likes to re-home fish with homeowners who have some experience raising koi. He requires a 1,000- to 1,200-gallon pond for three fish. He wants the pond to be properly filtered, free of harmful bacteria and reasonably safe from predators like herons and raccoons.

Myers doesn’t charge for his services or the fish, though he asks for a donation to cover equipment and expenses. The adoptable fish he’ll have at the Koi Show this weekend will be $20 each, with all proceeds benefiting Vagabond Koi. He’ll also have a booth of artwork and other merchandise donated by club members. All sale proceeds will benefit the charity.

Although Myers has become well-known in the koi community for rescuing fish and helping homeowners rebuild their ponds, he generally shies away from publicity, which Poyner said is typical of his humble nature.

“Jerry has become the Johnny Appleseed of koi, planting homeless koi on ponds all over San Diego County,” Poyner said. “He never boasts about his accomplishments and he makes a friend out of every person he meets.”