indian almond leaves for betta 5 health benefits for your betta fish

indian almond leaf for betta

indian almond leaf 5 Amazing proven health benefits list

indian almond leaf locally known here in my place as  “Talisay leaf” is commonly used as betta fish breeding stimulant by local betta fish breeders but the breeders here did not really know what are the reason and properties that the indian almond leaf has that can stimulate the betta fish to breed.

 

They used it also to treat sick betta fish and groom betta fish coloration but not knowing the background of the indian almond leaf ingredients that has the antifungal or antibacterial properties.

 

Let’s dive into what are the benefits of Indian almond leaf that can give your betta fish

  1. can stimulate the betta fish to breed because of its tannin. The Indian almond leaf tannin can change the water chemistry of your breeding tank turning it similar to the betta fish natural habitat in the wild and for this reason, the betta fish will be triggered to breed.
  2.  can be used as betta fish conditioner for battle preparation and helps cure the wound after battle
  3. can be used as water conditioner for newly bought betta fish this will help the newly betta fish adjust faster to its new home.
  4. can also be used as betta fry food when added to the betta fry tanks since it can introduce an infusoria culter 
  5. also can be used as a color enhancer to betta fish

indian almond leaf extract for betta fish

If you’re an Betta fish keeper, you are a fan of using  Indian almond leaves (also known as Catappa leaves). for your Betta

These leaves of the Terminalia catappa tree are especially popular in the betta and shrimp hobby as a natural medicine and water conditioner.

It can be used as a combat fungus and bacterial problems like finrot, and prevent stress by mimicking the natural habitat.

But how, when and why should you use them?

What are Indian almond leaves?

As mentioned before, Indian almond leaves are the leaves of the Terminalia catappa tree, which grows in large parts of Asia.

The leaves are usually harvested by simply picking them off the ground. After drying them, they are ready for use in the aquarium.

You can import Indian almond leaves directly, but nowadays they are also available in some pet-/aquarium stores and online!

What do Indian almond leaves do?

When placed in an aquarium, Indian almond leaves slowly start to decompose.

While this happens they turn the water a yellow or brown color by releasing tannins.

These tannins lower the pH and are said to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, which comes in very handy when you have a fish suffering from finrot or when you’re raising vulnerable fry.

The dark color of the water is considered unsightly by some aquarists, but it actually mimics the natural habitat of many fish species! This definitely makes it something to consider embracing.

Based on my personal experience  I will testify that adding Indian Almond leaves in your betta tank will make your betta fish healthier and spawn faster.

Evenly newly bought betta fish when you add Indian Almond leaves to its tank it can recover immediately from transportation stress and even shown spawning behavior immediately by building bubble nest immediately.

I personally testify it.

If I missed something about talisay leaf other uses please feel free to leave it in the comment section below or to my youtube video your comment and suggestion is highly appreciated.

What are Indian almond leaves used for?

Indian Almond Leaves are commonly used for conditioning and care of Bettas. …

Simply adding Indian Almond Leaves to your aquarium will release compounds from the leaves which alter the chemistry of the water,

making the aquarium more similar to the habitat from which the fish hails.

What is the common name of Terminalia Catappa?

Terminalia catappa is a large tropical tree in the leadwood tree family, Combretaceae, that grows mainly in the tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and Australia.

It is known by the English common names country-almond, Indian-almond, Malabar-almond, sea-almond, tropical-almond and false kamani.

indian almond leaves this is a good article from indianalmondleaves.com

Using Indian almond leaves in aquariums
Indian almond leaves (IAL) have traditionally been used by Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) breeders in South East Asia to mimic the natural Betta habitat.

They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, such as helping fighting fish heal after a battle and inducing spawning in breeding tanks.

 

Unfortunately, the affect of Indian almond leaves on aquarium fish has not been scientifically studied yet so it is difficult to separate the truth from the myth.

I can only speak from personal experience and my own good track record using Indian almond leaves, and base my conclusions on reports gathered from other fish keepers.

 

Why do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
The poor man’s water conditioner
Indian almond leaves are often described as ”the poor man’s water conditioner” due to their capacity of altering the water chemistry in an aquarium.

In the wild, fish evolve to fit into their particular habitat and having to live in another type of environment in captivity is often difficult for them.

Even if your fish manages to survive in less than ideal conditions, there is a great difference between thriving and merely staying alive.

If your fish hails from a habitat where leaves and other plant debris regularly falls into the water and decompose, your fish will be used to that kind of environment and trying to mimic it in the aquariums is strongly recommended.

Leaves that fall into the water release a myriad of different compounds, from trace minerals to dyes, and animals living in the water adapt to having all these different compounds readily available.

When we place fish in our “clean” and rather unnatural aquariums, we in avertedly deprive them of access to a long row of different compounds present in their native habitat.

If your fish hails from the type of environment described above, Indian almond leaves are one way of making life in captivity a little more natural for your pet.

Just like driftwood and peat, Indian almond leaves release ample amounts of tannins into the water. The tannins affect the pH-value (how much will depend on the buffer capacity of your water) and you will also see how the water turns dark – just like a blackwater river.

Needless to say, water rich in tannins is appreciated by fish species that hail from such environments in the wild. So called blackwater habitats are formed when rivers flow slowly through heavily forested areas where falling leaves and other plant debris end up decomposing in the water.

You can find more detailed information about the chemistry of Indian almond leaves in on the Indian almond leaves chemistry page. That page also includes a section on blackwater habitats.

N.B! Using almond leaves will give the water in your aquarium a yellow to reddish tea-coloured shade. Exactly how dark the water gets depends on the concentration of tannins in the water.

Some aquarists dislike this tint which they find unsightly, but try to keep in mind that for fish hailing from blackwater habitats this dark water is actually the normal state of things and the crispy “clean” 100% transparent water without any hint of colour favoured by many aquarists is quite unnatural for them.

Is it true that Indian almond leaves prevent and cure diseases in aquariums?
Indian almond leaves are rich in compounds produces by the tree to protect itself against bacteria, fungi and similar organisms.

Because of this, it has been speculated that adding Indian almond leaves to an aquarium will decrease the risk of disease in the tank or even help fish. As far as I know, no one has yet carried out any scientific study to verify this claim.

Compounds found in Indian almond leaves have however been researched for their potential health benefits for the human body.

Quercetin, a type of flavonoid found in Indian almond leaves, is for instance considered anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties1 , while several other flavonoids present in these leaves – such as kaempferol – decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer.[2 ][3 ]

Fish kept in an environment that mimic its natural habitat tend to grow stronger and heartier, i.e. more apt at fending off malicious microorganisms.

As an aquarists, it is therefore difficult to determine if Indian almond leaves actually cures and prevent disease by killing of bacteria and fungi, or if it is simply a question of the leaves boosting the fish’s own immune system by providing it with an ideal water quality when it comes to pH-value, tannins, etc.

Natural hiding spots and infusoria supply
Using Indian almond leaves is not just about chemistry. You may think leaf litter looks ugly, but for a long row of fishes it feels just like home. Leaves and leaf litter makes the environment more natural.

Bottom dwelling fish love to hide among sunken leaves, while surface and mid-water dwellers like the sense of security offered by floating leaves.

Indian almond leaves are also nice for fish and invertebrates to nibble on between meals, and the leaves serve as home and food for infusoria.

Can Indian almond leaves be used to change the sex ratio of Betta fish?
A lot of rumors circulate about South-East Asian Betta breeders using Indian almond leaves to increase the male-to-female ratio in the batches. Personally, I’ve noticed no difference in sex ratio when using Indian almond leaves.

When do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
Indian almond leave
Indian Almonf leaf
What fish will like Indian almond leaves and what won’t?
Indian almond leaves are ideal for fish that hails from environments where the water is rich in leaf debris. A few examples of such fishes are bettas and other gouramis, blackwater tetras, discus, rasboras and many dwarf cichlids. You need to research your particular species to see if it hails from this type of water.

Indian almond leaves are not recommended for fish that like hard and alkaline water, such as African cichlids from the Great Rift Valley lakes.

Examples of situations when Indian almond leaves are commonly used
Some aquarists use Indian leaves all the time, while others use them only for special purposes, i.e. when the feel that their fish needs some extra pampering. It is especially common to use IAL…

  • When setting up a new aquarium
  • When a new fish is introduced to an aquarium
  • To induce breeding, especially in Bettas
  • When setting up and maintaining a fry aquarium
  • When a fish is sick, especially if the sickness affects the skin
    In the plastic transport bag when a fish is moved to a new home
  • When keeping delicate fish species that are considered difficult to keep and breed in captivity
    If you use Indian almond leaves all the time, remember that you may have to “wean” your fish off them if you plan on selling your fish to an aquarist that won’t use Indian almond leaves. A fish that has been raised among Indian almond leaves or spent a long time in an IAL-tank may not handle a rapid move to a different environment well.

How do aquarists use Indian almond leaves?
Preparations

Keep your Indian almond leaves in a dry place at room temperature until you wish to use them. Dry leaves can be stored for at least 6 months in a suitable environment (preferably a container that is airtight, watertight and prevents light from entering).
If the tree may have been sprayed with pesticides or grows in a big city with lots of pollution, rinse the Indian almond leaves well in tap water before placing it in your tank.
Do not use Indian almond leaves that are mouldy.
Remove active carbon, purigen and similar from the aquarium before adding your Indian almond leaves.
If you’re in a hurry, you can cut the leaves into smaller pieces since this will make them leach their content into the water more rapidly.
Dosage
Dosages below are based on 15-25 cm (6-10 in) leaves. If your leaf is smaller or bigger, you need to adjust the figures accordingly.

Using 2 leaves per 50 L (13 us gallons) of water is a good rule of thumb, but be prepared to adjust the dosage to suit your particular fish. Some Betta keepers routinely use up to 2 leaves per 15 L (4 us gallons) of water in their everyday tanks.
Betta breeders normally use 1 leaf per 20 L (5 us gallons) of water in breeding tanks.
In fry rearing tanks, use 1 leaf per 40 L (10 us gallons) of water.
For how long?

Unless you anchor the leaves using a rock or similar, they will normally float for 2-3 days before sinking. Sinking is natural and it doesn’t mean that your have to change the leaves.

The leaves will normally disintegrate after a month or two, depending on how actively your fish tries to destroy them.

Aquarists that dislike the sight of torn leaves normally replace the leaves every 2-3 week, but this is purely for aesthetical reasons.

There is usually no need to change the leaves more often than every second month.
Indian almond leaves in fry tanks

In a fry tank, Indian almond leaves are beneficial in several different ways. In addition to all the positive effects described above, the leaves serve as home and food for infusoria; minute aquatic creatures like ciliates, euglenoids, and protozoa.

Due to its size and nutritional content, infusoria is an excellent food source for newly hatched fry from a long row of species.

In addition to this, many species of fry are naturally inclined to hide among leaves and leaf litter and will feel safer and less stressed in a fry tank that isn’t completely barren.

Indian almond leaf for hospital tank
Instead of routinely adding Indian almond leaves to the aquarium, some aquarists prefer to set up a separate IAL-tank and let their fish spend some time in it when the fish seem to be a bit under the weather, e.g. due to skin abrasions.

This is not a quick fix – you should be prepared to let your fish stay in the hospital tank for at least 2-3 weeks. (Having a separate hospital tank will also prevent spreading of infectious disease and keep other more healthy fish in the main aquarium from taking advantage of a weakened tank mate.)

As always, the hospital tank must naturally be very similar to the ordinary aquarium when it comes to temperature etc, otherwise your will shock your fish.

Traditional conditioning for Siamese Fighting fish
According to professional breeders of Siamese Fighting fish in South East Asia, Indian almond leaves will harden and coat the skin of the fish, thus making it more apt for fighting.

The idea is that Siamese fighers living without Indian almond leaves have softer skin and scales that aren’t smooth and slippery enough to handle being bitten by other fighters.

The fish is therefore conditioned using Indian almond leaves for at least seven days prior to a fight. A clay pot is filled with clean, aged water, the leaves are added, and the fish will live in the pot and be fed live food once a day.

The pot is placed in a dark and quite place to help the fish prepare.
After a fight, a similar treatment is given to help the fish recover from its injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that Indian almond leaves remove heavy metals from the aquarium?
I come across this claim now and then, but I have seen no explanation for exactly how it would work or any scientific studies regarding IAL and heavy metals.

Bogwood is commonly used among aquarists to reduce the toxicity of metals; perhaps decaying leaf matter works in a similar way.

When organic matter (i.e. not just Indian almond leaves) are turned into humus by bacteria and fungi, toxic substances such as heavy metals can be chelated, i.e. bound to the complex organic molecules of humus.

This can prevent the metals from entering the wider ecosystem, but will not remove them. For us aquarists, it means that the heavy metals will still be present in our tanks – only bonded to humus.

I have never used copper based medication in an aquarium together with Indian almond leaves so I can’t tell if the leaves decrease the effectiveness of the medicine or not.

Can I use Indian almond leaves in my planted tank?
Yes, Indian almond leaves can safely be used in planted aquariums. Of course, plants that like alkaline waters won’t appreciate the drop in pH-value, but why would you keep such plants with acidic loving fish in the first place?

Can I combine Indian almond leaves with activated carbon or purigen?
Activated carbon, purigen and similar will decrease the effect of Indian almond leaves and should therefore be removed from the aquarium prior to IAL use.

Is there any way of getting rid of the colour?
If you for some reason wish to get the tannins out of the water, you can use activated carbon or simply do a lot of water changes. Just remember that the positive properties of the Indian almond leaf will vanish as well.
Alternatives to using whole leaves

Indian almond leaves in a tea bag
If you hate the look of Indian almond leaves in your aquarium, there are vendors that sell IAL tea bags to soak in the water. Of course, using teabags will not give your fish any leaf litter to hide among or nibble on.

Making your own Indian almond leaf concentrate
Another alternative for those who dislike having leaves in the tank is to boil the leaves and make a concentrated Indian almond tea to pour directly into the aquarium water. Simply place the leaves in a pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Boil until the water darkens. The tea can be stored in an airtight bottle in the fridge.
Recipe for a 375 L or 100 us gallon aquarium:
15 to 20 leaves (15-25 cm / 6-10 in)
10 L or 2.5 us gallons of water
N.B! The tea must naturally have roughly the same temperature as the aquarium water when you add it, i.e. not to warm or too cold.

What do Almond leaves do for bettas?

The tannins released by the leaves help create water conditions that are similar to those in the natural habitat of the fish, which means ideal breeding conditions.

If you’re trying to get your bettas or Crystal Red shrimp to breed, adding a few Indian almond leaves to the breeding tank can speed up the process!

What do Indian almond leaves do?

Indian Almond Leaves are commonly used for conditioning and care of Bettas. They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, they increase fertility, health, and vigour.

Reduce Ph in water, aid in the recovery of diseased or damaged fish and the tannin quickly colours the water.

What are almond leaves used for?

Indian almond leaves (IAL) have traditionally been used by Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish) breeders in South East Asia to mimic the natural Betta habitat.

They are believed to aid the fish in a number of ways, such as helping fighting fish heal after a battle and inducing spawning in breeding tanks.

Do Indian almond leaves lower PH?

When Indian Almond leaves are immersed in water, the tannins and humic substances are released, which can lower the pH of the water.

 

References:

1: ClinicalTrials.gov. A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?intr=%22quercetin%22
2: Baek Nam-In; Kennelly E.J.; Kardono L.B.S.; Tsauri S.; Padmawinata K.; Soejarto D.D.; Kinghorn A.D., “Flavonoids and a proanthrocyanidin from rhizomes of Selliguea feei”. Phytochemistry, 1994, vol. 36, no2, pp. 513-518 (19 ref.)

3: Ute Nöthlings, Suzanne P. Murphy, Lynne R. Wilkens, Brian E. Henderson & Laurence N. Kolone. 2007. “Flavonols and Pancreatic Cancer Risk”. American Journal of Epidemiology 166 (8): 924–931.

saltwater fishing gear 10 Saltwater Fishing Tips That Will Make Fishing Experience Great

saltwater fishing gear

saltwater fishing gear Are you going to start fishing in saltwater? Then Definitely you want best saltwater fishing tips for you. If you search best saltwater fishing tips on the internet. You will get a lot of knowledge on many websites. Some websites will give best saltwater fishing tips to beginners and some will give best saltwater fishing tips for the advanced anglers. But here we are going to give you a mixture of knowledge for your saltwater fishing. Our this post on Best saltwater fishing tips will give you a proper knowledge from basic to advanced level. So this article will help every angler who is interested in saltwater fishing, Whether He/She is doing saltwater fishing for years or just going to start it.

What is saltwater fishing?

Before knowing about best saltwater fishing tips, Everyone must know that what is saltwater fishing. Saltwater fishing means fishing in the ocean. Saltwater can be done through both off-shore and on-shore. Off-shore means fishing from the beach and on-shore means fishing from a boat or pier surfing in the ocean waters. Anglers do saltwater fishing Live and Artificial both baits.

Here are the top 10 for saltwater fishing tips. You must follow these tips to make your saltwater fishing. These saltwater fishing tips will help you to have a great fishing experience in saltwater.

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1. KNOW THE BASICS

Yes, Know the basics about saltwater fishing. We recommend this as our first saltwater fishing tips. Before going for the saltwater fishing, You must know the basics of saltwater fishing. Most people think that the basic knowledge is not important. But believe us basic knowledge is the only thing which will lead you towards Advance saltwater fishing. So the first thing you must do is get the basic knowledge. This is the first one of our saltwater fishing tips.

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2. CHOOSE PERFECT GEARS

Next saltwater fishing tip is to choose perfect gears for your saltwater fishing session. After getting the basic knowledge of saltwater fishing. You will have to choose the gears for your saltwater fishing session. Yes, you are thinking that this is the very basic tip we are giving to you but believe us choosing perfect gears will decide whether you will enjoy your saltwater fishing session or not.

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3. CASTING TECHNIQUE

The next tip is about Choosing best casting technique for your saltwater fishing. The technique will also be an important thing which will be responsible for your next catch in saltwater. To catch saltwater fishes you must choose a technique related and best suitable for saltwater fishing. With technique, we mean casting technique. Casting technique is the most common saltwater fishing tips given by anglers.

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4. KEEP GEARS READY

After you have basic knowledge, gears, casting technique in your hand and mind, Now you have to get your gears ready for saltwater fishing. All other saltwater fishing tips will not work if you don’t have your gears ready. Before going for the saltwater fishing. Get all of your gears at one place and after having these things you should make them ready for fishing. You must keep all gears and fishing accessories ready for saltwater fishing.

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5. WEATHER & SPOT

Now its time to decide the Spot and the weather in which you are going for saltwater fishing. Mainly it depends on your choice. This saltwater fishing tips will help you do fishing under great conditions. It depends on you, whether you want to do saltwater fishing in a sunny weather or a calm wind weather. Basically, anglers do not wait for a specific weather. Good anglers do saltwater fishing in all weathers, And if we talk about the spot, You should consider a few things while choosing a spot. While choosing a spot you should consider things like temperature, clarity, movement and all other things.

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6. CONSIDER THESE THINGS WHILE FISHING

While fishing in saltwater you should consider so many things. Like whether fishing on-shore will help you catch more fishes or off-shore. Also, the Baits are the very important thing to be considered. Choosing right baits for your catch is a necessary thing. You should know the species you are going to catch and which bait will be more useful whether the live or artificial. Among the all other saltwater fishing tips, this one will be the most practical tip.

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7. HAVE ALTERNATIVES

Even we are recommending to plan things before going for saltwater fishing. But keep in mind, Every time the situation can be changed. Having alternatives everywhere is one of the best saltwater fishing tips. So for the changes, you must have alternatives for you. Sometimes anglers go for the saltwater fishing in sunny weather but when they arrive at the spot weather changes suddenly. Then they must have an option for fishing in changing the weather. Sometimes we go for fishing with gears and what we found is that some of our gears are not working. Then we must have an alternative for that gear.

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8. GREED FOR KNOWLEDGE & FISHES BOTH

Anything we do in our life gives us a lesson. Similarly, the fishing does. Every saltwater fishing session will give a lesson to you. So you must have Greed for knowledge same as your greed for fishes. Greediness for Knowledge will motivate you to give your best in next session. Also, you should have best resources for saltwater fishing. In resources, you can have books on saltwater fishing or an experienced mentor.

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9. PREPARE FOR NEXT SESSION

You have to prepare for next session of saltwater fishing in your ongoing saltwater fishing session. Yes, this is the next tip we are giving to you. Besides getting knowledge from other anglers and resources, You should use your fishing experience also. For this, you have to note down the things you faced in your saltwater fishing session. After keeping the record of your session in a journal or a notepad on your phone, You can use this knowledge in next saltwater fishing session. In this, you should note down the information about weather conditions etc.

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10. MAINTENANCE IS NECESSARY

Maintaining your gears after the one session of saltwater fishing ends will help you in next sessions. It will take less time to prepare your gears when next time you will go for a new saltwater fishing session. Also, it will make your gears healthy and they will become more durable. Also, your fishing gears will perform better if you maintain them properly.

what does koi taste can you eat koi fish you need to know

can you eat koi fish

what does koi taste can you eat koi fish you need to know

what does koi taste This is a video of me tasting my cooked koi fish soap that I cook?

I want to share with you guys how does it taste like he he

can you eat koi fish? a number of people I meet on my Social Media accounts, friends and fellow hobbyist ask me about this.

 

the algae in freshwater have a foul smell and this will leave aftertaste when eaten so to get rid of this you need to quarantine your koi fish before cooking.

do japanese eat koi fish yes originally they are raised in rice paddies for food.

until came a time that there appeared a colored koi mutation

koi fish breeders  interbreed it to make new colors and more and more breeders are interested in breeding Koi fish and the rest is history

does koi fish taste good not as tasty as the marine fishes freshwater fish have aftertaste so to lessen this as what I write in the first paragraph

koi carp recipes

fried koi fish

koi recipes

can humans eat koi fish yes of course in fact koi fish before are raised in Japan for food

Are koi fish poison?
Though they aren’t poisonous to eat, it’s advised that the types of
koi that are kept as pets in water gardens or backyard ponds shouldn’t be eaten.

Do they eat koi fish?

Barbels found on the lips of koi fish are used to act as sensors for the surroundings of the fish.

Koi fish are omnivorous and will eat anything from meat to green vegetables.

Koi fish can interbreed with goldfish as they are the same species
but the resultant offsprings are sterile and are called fry.

Are koi fish dangerous to humans?

When large number of koi fish inhabit same pond, level of
ammonia can increase rapidly and induce poisoning of fish.

Although life in community can be dangerous, koi fish enjoy company of other koi fish.

Koi fish can mate with goldfish because they are closely related. However, they produce sterile offspring.

Does koi fish taste good?

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. … Also, koi sushi is becoming popular.

Do Japanese eat koi?

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. … However, Koi is expensive to buy (and eat).

The answer is “yes”. Koi are ornamental carp. Carp is edible.

Any freshwater fish is edible. Depending on the water it is in, will further determine it’s taste.

Some people have taken large Koi and transferred them to a clean
freshwater tank for a few weeks to ensure a better taste, but carp meat is tough. It needs to be cleaned well and sliced after removing skin and internal organs.

Marinating it can soften the meat. There are recipes online for Koi fish dishes.

However, Koi is expensive to buy (and eat). Here in the USA, a large koi fish can run $400-$2,000.00, depending on the breed.

There are several breeds-a few being Russian koi, Israeli koi, and of course Japanese koi. Eating one and not selling it to a good pond home instead is a poor choice in economics, just as stealing one is illegal.

You can eat koi, it’s a form of carp after all, but you probably wouldn’t want to.

One, koi is considered sacred in places like Japan and a good luck omen in other countries in SE Asia. (hence a koi pond in temples and other sacred sites all around SE Asia).

You really do not want to eat something others hold sacred. (now please don’t ask why people eat beef when it is sacred to the Hindus!)

Also koi meat, like all other carp, is a bit tough. Koi spend much of
their time in shallow, stagnant water, so the risk of picking up a bacterial infection from them is high.

Finally, you wouldn’t eat koi unless you really want to fuel your ego! Koi are sold as decorative, ornamental or sacred fish, to be kept as pets.

The animals are also bred for their exotic body patterns and markings. Due to all this, most koi are captive bred. And these go for pretty high sums apiece alive, even upto a thousand dollars or more. Do you really want to blow all your money frying a $ 1000 exotic fish?

If it is carp you must have, you will find some less exotic ones at your local fishmongers at a fraction of the cost.

So it may be ok to eat koi, not 100% safe though due to their shallow
and stagnant water habitat, but i’d rather not, due to the high cost and the sacred nature of this fish in some cultures.

I agree with the respondents who have warned against eating any
fish that have been treated with chemicals.

Don’t go there. But I don’t know why you would bother to eat koi anyway. As someone else said, they are just a coloured carp.

In contrast to one person who said carp is tough, I would say that it is gelatinous when cooked and of very low quality.

I have eaten feral European Carp which are permanently in plague
proportions in the Murray River, Australia.

You would hope we could eat the plague out of existence but unfortunately the fish is vile.

Flavour-wise it is pretty ordinary, but as I said it becomes gelatinous upon cooking.

The best I can suggest is maybe turn them into Thai fish patties.

can you eat koi fish

Barbels found on the lips of koi fish are used to act as sensors for the surroundings of the fish. Koi fish are omnivorous and will eat anything from meat to green vegetables.

Koi fish can interbreed with goldfish as they are the same species but the resultant offsprings are sterile and are called fry.

Are koi edible?

Many rumors surround the koi fish and ask whether it is edible. Can you eat Koi fish? Yes, you can eat Koi fish. … It is good to know that some Koi fish bred in a pond are fed chemical that is not good for your health.

Are koi fish dangerous to humans?

When large number of koi fish inhabit same pond, level of ammonia can increase rapidly and induce poisoning of fish.

Although life in community can be dangerous, koi fish enjoy company of other koi fish. … Koi fish can mate with goldfish because they are closely related. However, they produce sterile offspring.

 

13th Chang Koi GrowOut Contest

13th Chang Koi Grow Out contest

In cooperation with

Judge: OGATA KOI FARM Co., Ltd.

Standard Tosai & Jumbo Tosai 2 Grow out in 1 event Soon!!!

What is a Tosai koi?

The meaning of Tosai, Nisai & Oya (Sansai) TVR. For those who are going into japan TVR. Tosai means same year fish. So if someone is selling a Tosai now, it means he is selling a fish that is born in this fiscal year. Nisai means two-year-old fish.

Standard Tosai
Entry Fee: 6,000.00

Prizes:
GC-50,000.00
RGC-30,000.00
Tategoi-10,000.00
Shemigai-10,000.00

Jumbo Tosai
Entry Fee: 10,000.00
Prizes:
GC-80,000.00
RGC-50,000.00
Tategoi-10,000.00
Shemigai-10,000.00

Picking date on March 17 (Sunday) 10am w/ free lunch w/lechon

Judging on August 25,2019 @Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City

wild betta fish How to Catch Wild Betta Fish

Wine-red wild betta

Wild Betta Fish. The betta fishes are uniquely beautiful fish, and
they are found in unique environments, where other fish species
are unlikely to survive.

They are very colorful and beautiful fish, and you can find them on pet tanks at home.

Betta fish care is usually easy, which is why people prefer them as pets especially for their kids.

They are very territorial especially with their species as they prefer to be on their own.

The betta fish is unique fish, and they can breathe on water and out
of the water with a unique organ called the labyrinth.

This particular organ has enabled them to survive harsh conditions
as they can come to the surface and take in oxygen that will be enough for them.

Most fish species cannot survive in the harsh environment you will
find the betta fish, due to the reduced oxygen content, especially in the muddy water.

The betta fish is very beautiful with radiant color that makes them
stands out and looks attractive.

They are carnivores in nature and eat small animals like plankton,
mosquitoes, worms and other smaller species of animal.

The wide betta fishes are much more different than the regular betta.

Betta fish are mostly found in a warm climate, and they are predominantly found in the Asian region.

You can find betta fish in rice paddle, streams and water channels.

These environments are warm and not too big for the betta fish as
they are small and cannot easily compete with big species of fish in bigger water space.

The wild betta fish is usually much duller in color than most betta fish species.

The wild betta fish are typically brownish, and this can be attributed
to their ability to camouflage in muddy environments away from bigger prey.

This is one of their protective abilities that make it harder for them
to be sorted out in these muddy environments.

This does make it a little difficult in trying to catch them in the wild.

The wild betta fish also have smaller fins than the regular betta fish
which also enable them to stay safe in the wild.

With the smaller fins, they cannot easily be detected, and they can
swim easily through the rough water and don’t get trapped.

For a smaller animal, they can take care of themselves very well.

The male and female are very different, and you can easily distinguish them from one another.

The female wild betta fish is smaller in size and have smaller fins than the male betta fish.

The male betta fish are very protective of their territory that they
often chase away their female after laying eggs.

This is why two pet betta fishes in a tank usually fight each other often.

It is important to feed the betta fish regularly and keep them from eating their fins.

When they are hungry, they usually eat their fins, which is not healthy for the fish.

Eating their fins can lead to diseases as the betta fish becomes prone to infection.

 

Emerald-Green Betta

Betta smaragdina

Emerald green wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, present in Cambodia
(Kampuchea), Laos, and eastern parts of Thailand.
SIZE 21⁄4 in (7 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males may quarrel.

The body of the male Emerald-Green Betta displays areas of red,
blue, and green.

The female is plainer, but will develop stripes as the time for spawning approaches.

Males can be mixed with unrelated fish, but if they are housed
together, they will fight, with potentially fatal consequences.

In the wild, Emerald-Green Bettas inhabit shallow areas of water
that flood during the wet season,and this flooding marks the onset of the breeding period.

A significant partial water change in their tank may thus trigger
spawning.The male builds a bubble-nest among vegetation.

After spawning, remove the female in case the male becomes
aggressive toward her, and leave the male to guard the nest, which contains up to 100 eggs.

Give the young fry food at first and then brine shrimp.

Mouth-Brooding Betta

Betta pugnax

Mouth-Brooding wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia; occurs widely on the Malay
Peninsula.
SIZE 4 in (10 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 73–77°F (23–25°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males likely to be pugnacious.

The appearance of these fish is highly variable, depending partly on
their origins and partly on their overall condition.

They tend to have a reddish-brown background color, with green
spots evident on the individual scales.

Cooler water conditions suit this mouth-brooder, which often
occurs in flowing waters.

The young are sexually mature by about six months.

Slim Betta

Betta bellica

slim betta wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, where its distribution is
centered on the Malay Peninsula.
SIZE 41⁄2 in (11 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males only aggressive when breeding.

JAW SHAPE AND BREEDING

jaw shape and breeding

Head structure is a good guide to breeding habits in Betta species. The jaws of mouthbrooders are modified to provide more space in
the oral cavity for the developing brood.

As a result, the head is taller and the jawline less rounded, as seen in
this Krabi Mouth-Brooder (Betta simplex).

Bubble-nesting species have smaller heads, since they simply have
to pick up the eggs and transfer them to the nest.

The enlargement of the oral cavity in mouthbrooders only
develops when the fish become sexually mature, and it is only seen
in the sex that is responsible for brooding the young.

Wine-Red Betta

Betta coccina

Wine-red wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, present on Sumatra and the
southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.
SIZE 21⁄2 in (6 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft (50 mg/l)
and acidic (pH 5.0–6.0).
TEMPERAMENT Males are aggressive toward each other.

The Wine-Red Betta first became available to hobbyists in the 1980s.

The body color that gives the fish its name is restricted to the male; the female is decidedly brownish. Males must be kept individually, to prevent fighting.

Water quality is especially important for the health of this rather
delicate species, and peat filtration is advisable.

Up to 60 eggs form the typical brood, and both parents can be safely left with their young.

 

Crescent Betta

Betta imbellis

crescent wild betta

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, on the Malay Peninsula and
nearby islands, notably Phuket and Pinang.
SIZE 2 in (5 cm).
DIET Prepared foods and livefoods.
WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft
(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).
TEMPERAMENT Males may fight each other.

Male Crescent Bettas are more colorful than females, their brownish bodies displaying bluehues.

There are distinct regional variations, withfish from Pinang Island being yellowish in
color.

Male Crescent Bettas are far from docile,especially when in
breeding condition.

If well-fed,a pair of these bubble-nesting fish
will spawnseveral times in quick succession,producing as many as 150 eggs per batch.

How Does Wild Betta Fish Survive

For those that are not usually familiar with the betta fish, you may
be wondering how the betta fish survive in a warmer climate and their habitat such as the rice paddle.

The rice paddles usually go dry seasonally, so how does this betta fish survive these changes.

The betta fish developed the ability to breathe underwater and in the air. And we said this is made possible through the special organ they call labyrinth.

They can breathe the oxygen present in water or will swim to the
air to breath whenever the oxygen in the water reduces.

This gives them an advantage in the normal habitat where you can find them as the water is usually muddy.

The betta fish can also survive for a while in a dried up area.

This is because of the organ they possess to breathe oxygen in the air.

The small fins of the wild betta fish do make it difficult to be seen or noticed along with its muddy color brown.

This character does make it also difficult for us to capture these wild betta fish.

So why do people catch betta fish?

Betta fishes are usually captured for their beauty and are mostly kept as a pet. In the earlier years, the king of Thailand usually uses them as a sport.

They are used to stage fight because of their fighting abilities
especially when two males are kept in a tank.

And though they are not mostly kept for sports purposes nowadays, they are more being kept as a pet.

Catching a Wild Betta Fish beta fishing

If you want to catch a wild betta fish, you have to understand more about the fish.

You have to understand its habitat to know where you are going to go fishing for them.

You will also have to know about their body structure, so you do not
harm them in any way when you capture the or during transporting them.

You will need a kind of hand net or basket to catch a wild betta fish
and probably a small container filled with water to store them before you transport them.

You will not go to a freshwater environment if you are looking for a wild beta fish.

That is why you will need to understand more about the environment. As we said earlier, you can find these kinds of fish in the Asian regions or warm water environments.

So let’s look at the ways you can catch a wild betta fish!!!

The wild betta fishes are very defensive and evasive more than the normal betta fish.

You cannot easily spot them in the muddy water due to their brownish color.

This gives them a camouflage sense of security. And you cannot easily catch them with a line because of their sizes.

One of the ways you can catch a wild betta fish is to use a small hand net.

The wild betta fish are very small so that the hand net will be very tiny, so the betta fish does not escape out of the net.

Also, a smaller net will ensure that you do not hurt the fish especially when their fragile fun gets stuck.

Using Hand net to Catch Betta Fish

The wild betta fish are not easy to see in the muddy water as they
can easily camouflage with their brownish or muddy color.

So what you should do with the hand netball to comb the area in a tangent.

Since they are located in shallow water, you can move over the
water body with your boot as you use your hand net to comb the area.

Now, when you insert your net in the water, you raise it up and
watch as the water sips out and if they are wild beta fish, they will be stuck in the net.

So what you will do is to inspect the net and picked out any wild betta fish you found caught on the net.

You will have to transfer the betta fish you find from the net to a water container you carry along with you.

Wild betta fish can stay away from water for some time as they can take oxygen from the air.

But you will have to put them in the water as you may have to transport them for a long distance.

You should be careful when you picked the wild betta fish from the net and transported them to the water jar.

They are very fragile and can easily slip for your hand back to the water.

You should be very observant when searching the hand fishing net
as these fishes might be hiding behind leaves or small muddy
stones and you will have to throw them back to the water.

You have to do this in tangent to be able to comb the entire water body. It can be a long and enduring task as you go around the water body.

Catching Wild Betta Fish in Dried Land

You can find wild betta fish in dried up warm environment as they
can still breathe outside water with their labyrinth organ.

They can easily jump back to the water body. Thus you have to be fast if you want to catch them.

You can look out for wild beta fish as the rice puddle begins to dry
up and they stick around for awhile before moving on to the water body.

You can grab them with your hands easily since they cannot swim fast when in the drier environment.

You can still miss because they usually not as obvious when they camouflage like the mud.

They can be very obvious except when they jump.

So they are more difficult to catch on dry land than when they are in the water.

You can still carry your hand net along to help you trapped them especially when they are jumping around.

You can throw your net to cover the area you saw them jumped into and try and sort them out with your hands.

You should be very careful in picking out the wild betta fish from
dry land as they are very vulnerable when they are on dry land.

Spreading Net over a Considerable Length

You can spread a large net over a considerable length over a rice paddle farm and leave it for awhile.

When you come back, you can start picking out the wild betta fish caught in the net. T

hey usually got caught in the net as they move around the water body looking for food.

You should also understand that the wild betta fish usually comes to
the surface to take in oxygen as the muddy water usually lacks enough oxygen.

As they move up and down, they will get caught in the net, and
since the water body is not much deep, it will be easy to trap these wild betta fish.

This is a much easier way to catch the wild betta fish, and you can do this best when the water body is high and not dried up.

With casting the net over a larger area, you can catch more wild
betta fishes than using any other method to catch this fish.

Why Do We Catch Wild Betta Fishes

Wild betta fish have become more popular in recent times than
before, and they have also become scarcer.

You will find most homes with colorful betta fishes on their fish tanks as they are easy to feed and take care of as a pet.

Most parents usually give out betta fish as the first pet to their
young ones as a way of getting them to learn how to take care of an animal.

And because of the destruction of their habitation by man action
and other factors, the breeding of wild betta fishes are being
encouraged to keep the species from going extinct.

Most preservationists are worried that if we leave them in their
natural habitat, they may be destroyed along with their habitat environment being destroyed.

So what is being done is that they are being caught and breed in fish
tanks and this will help to keep the species non-extinct.

It has become a business for some as they catch these wild betta fish
and breed them in a tank and sell them when they start reproducing.

So it has become a bigger business selling these exotic fishes to those who want them in their homes.

The wild betta fish does thrive in particular environmental
conditions; they dwell better in a warm water environment

. They do not thrive at all in cold environment, and you should try
as much as possible to keep them warm especially when you have them in tanks.

One of the most advantageous things of having a wild betta fish as a
pet is that they can survive alone in the tank and as well as with other species of animal.

They usually have a problem with their specie and will fight with
another wild betta fish when placed in the same tank.

 

wild betta
Photo from reef2rainforest.com

Can you find betta fish in the wild?

Wild bettas live in shallow, freshwater areas. They prefer ponds, streams, canals and rice paddies, but they are also found in rivers.

They feed upon plankton, mosquitoes and insect larvae. Bettas are
known as fighting fish because two males in close proximity will
fight with one another for dominance.

What do betta fish eat in the wild?

Wild Betta fish are hardy and can eat almost anything in their
environments, including worms, larvae of mosquitoes or other
insects, and even smaller fish.

Their natural environment is often resource-limited, so many
Betta species have little choice of food.

Where are betta fish naturally found?

The betta comes from parts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and
Cambodia in the river basins of the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers.

They are found in rice paddies and drainage ditches, river basins and small streams.

Do betta fish exist in the wild?

Wild bettas live in shallow, freshwater areas. They prefer ponds, streams, canals and rice paddies, but they are also found in rivers.

They feed upon plankton, mosquitoes and insect larvae. Bettas are
known as fighting fish because two males in close proximity will
fight with one another for dominance.

How long do betta fish live in the wild?

Also called Siamese Fighting Fish, bettas are very popular pets.

They can be easy to care for, and, under the right circumstances, they can live for several years.

Wild betta live, on average, two years. However, in captivity, with the right care, a betta can live four years or more.

wild betta species
Betta splendens, the species usually sold at big box pet stores, does
not exist naturally in the wild, and it is very popular in the aquarium hobby so it’s unlikely to go extinct.

Wild-type bettas of different species, however, are much more at risk.

Their habitat I’d shrinking and becoming polluted, and although
many people keep these other species of betta in aquariums as well
, they don’ have the domestic popularity to assure their survival.

Wild bettas outside of the betta splendens species are considered threatened.

wild betta fish natural habitat

Why are we discouraged from using rainwater for our aquariums
when the natural habitat of bettas experience rain throughout the year?

Very simple, because fish do not live in rain water!

Logically speaking – Yes lakes and ponds and river take rainwater…. but never rain water replace 100% of the original water body.

(Well maybe in some rare exceptional case but then even the
minerals in the ground would leech into the rain water).
So no fish live in rain water

Additionally

All fish depending on the specie, requires a certain degree of
minerals to live depending on the specie.

And rain water is somewhat just pure H20 with some
contamination from the air and completely lacking in minerals like calcicum, iron,….

In Amazon area where it rains really heavy + some area water just
stand there then you get a big body of water consist of mostly rain water.

In this case the water would be very soft but it still has some
minerals from the ground and tannis from decaying organics
matters, not pure rain water -> Which results in fish like Discus,
Angelfish prefer softer water with less minerals but MINERALS ARE STILL A MUCH AT A VERY LOW LEVEL.

Then we got place like malawi lake -> Less rain. lots of rocks and minerals => very hard water.

These fish will die for sure if they live in an environment with rain water.

So yes. Rain water can be used to substitute the practice of mixing
RO water with minerals/tap water to achieve softer water.

However be very careful with rainwater too because if the air is
polluted, the water will be contaminated with all sort of things you won’t know. So still its best to use RO water instead of rain water

Where do betta fish come from?

They come from Thailand! At least, that’s where it’s most commonly cited.

More broadly they come from Southeast Asia, so anywhere in the
area of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam–you’ll find wild Bettas in any
part of the world that used to be called “Siam” (which is where we get the name “Siamese Fighting Fish”).

Wild Bettas live in the connected streams between rice paddies and
flood plains, and people started harvesting them in the 1800s to use in fish fights.

Pretty cruel, and unfortunately still a practice that probably exists
in some places, but eventually the bigger and more colorful ones
started being bred for aesthetic purposes, which led to the Bettas you find in pet stores today.

Domestic Bettas look very different now from wild ones, but they
didn’t manage or care to breed out the aggression, which is why we still have feisty little friends. 🙂

Where do you find betta fish in the wild?

The betta comes from parts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia in the river basins of the Mekong and Chao Phraya rivers. They are found in rice paddies and drainage ditches, river basins and small streams.

What is a wild betta?

Betta, /ˈbɛtə/ is a large genus of small, often colorful, freshwater ray-finned fishes, known as “bettas”, in the gourami family (Osphronemidae). The best known Betta species is B. splendens, commonly known as the Siamese fighting fish.

Do betta fish recognize their owners?

You’ve probably seen betta fish at your local pet stores or even grocery store. … Betta are quite intelligent as fish go, and they can even be trained to recognize their owners and do tricks.

They require stimulation and space to live well, and, as you might suspect, a tiny plastic cup doesn’t provide that.

Do betta fish get lonely?

It’s not that bettas have poor manners, but rather that they simply do not like nor need the company of other fish. Their lack of friends does not cause them to become bored, but you may include certain species in the same tank as your betta. … Although they’re not fish, snails generally work well together with bettas.

betta fish in the wild

In the wild, bettas live in Asia, where their homes are the shallow waters of rice paddies, ponds, or slow-moving streams. Since those waters aren’t deep, they stay warm, which is why bettas who live in human homes need at least 10 gallons of water in an aquarium that can be kept heated to at least 75 degrees.

Betta splendens are native to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where they live in ditches, rice paddies, shallow pools and slow moving streams. … Bettas are carnivores, feeding primarily on insects and insect larvae in the wild. They thrive on protein-based frozen, pellet and flake foods in aquariums.

1 question people ask about bettas is, “How do bettas mate in the wild without killing each other?” In fish keeping, betta owners are told that if they want to breed

betta fish care how to care for a betta fish you need to know

betta fish care

betta fish care how to care for a betta fish you need to know

betta fish care learn how to grow betta fish and breed them successfully

 

ORIGINS Southeast Asia, occurring in Thailand, althoughbetta fish care
its exact range is uncertain.

SIZE 21⁄4 in (6 cm).

DIET Prepared foods and live foods.

WATER Temperature 75–82°F (24–28°C); soft

(50–100 mg/l) and acidic (pH 6.0–6.5).

 

TEMPERAMENT Males are aggressive toward each other.
Siamese Fighting Fish
Betta splendens

 

The Siamese Fighting Fish is also referred to as the Betta, particularly in North America.This species was widely kept in Thailand for more than 200 years before it became known in the West in the late 1800s.

In their homeland, where they frequent the canals, or klongs, that flow through many Thai cities,

Siamese Fighting Fish were selectively bred not only for their color but also for their fighting ability, with significant amounts of money being bet on the outcome of contests between the more aggressive males.

Different strains evolved from cross-breeding fish obtained from various parts of Thailand.

As a result, it is now practically impossible to be certain of the original distribution of these fish, or of their natural coloration, even though alleged “wild type” specimens are occasionally offered for sale.

Current thinking is that wild forms were originally dark red, probably with bluish streaking on their fins and a pair of vertical lines on the side of the head behind the eyes.

Certainly, the wild ancestors of today’s Siamese Fighting Fish had simpler fins than those seen in modern strains.

It is likely that interest in keeping these fish for fighting purposes began not in Thailand, but in neighboring Cambodia (Kampuchea).

In fact, the Thai name for these fish is pla kat khmer, which translates as “fin-biter in Khmer” (Khmer is a former name of Cambodia). Since being introduced to the West,

however, breeders have concentrated on establishing a wide range of color forms, ranging from white through yellow to purple.

Selective breeding has also been used to modify the fins, which are always more elaborate in the males.

With the exception of the female Half-Moon Betta, pictured below left, all the specimens shown here are male.

In Thailand, it is traditional to house Siamese Fighting Fish in small jars, but these provide little swimming space and make it difficult to maintain the water quality.

The natural grace and elegance of the fish will be more apparent in an aquarium.

A single male can be kept in a tank with several females, or even as part of a community aquarium.

However, avoid mixing these fish with fin-nipping species, which will attack the flowing fins, or with fish of a similar coloration, which may themselves be attacked by the Siamese Fighting Fish.

These fish are easy to care for, but they are not especially long-lived, with an average lifespan of about two years. Pairs of seven or eight months old are best for breeding

.They need a relatively shallow spawning tank, about 8 in (20 cm) deep.

It must be covered and include floating plants, among which the male will build a bubble-nest.

Thai breeders often add the leaves of the Ketapang or Indian almond tree (Terminalia catappa) to assist with the conditioning of the water.

These leaves are available in the West through specialist suppliers.

Raising the water temperature can trigger spawning, as can increasing the amount of livefood in the diet.

Check that the female is in breeding condition, because otherwise, the male may harass her.

Aside from her slightly swollen belly, one of the surest indicators of the female’s readiness to spawn is when she develops yellowish stripes on her body.

She will actively seek out the male at this stage, rather than trying to avoid him

 

breeding betta fish

These are  the videos below of the step by step process in breeding betta fish

Step 1. place the male and female betta fish container near each other for them to see each other and be acquainted and feed them plenty of live foods like mosquito larvae, brine shrimp or daphnia.

observe if the male will build a bubble nest and look for the female egg spot by looking its vent there is a whitish color in the ventral area of the female that is an egg that is an indicator that the female is full of eggs and ready to spawn

 

Part 2 in breeding betta fish Video

Part 3 in breeding betta fish

It is the responsibility of the male Siamese Fighting Fish to construct a bubble-nest. Spawning occurs nearby, with the pair wrapping around one another.

The female will then float upside down, as though stunned, while the male collects the 15 or so eggs in its mouth and carries them to the bubble-nest.

Mating resumes once he has gathered all the eggs.

This sequence is repeated until some 500 eggs have been produced, with the entire process lasting about two hours. It is the best to remove the female while the male guards the nest, otherwise he may attack her.

If the tank is very large and well planted, however, it may be safe for her to stay put. Hatching occurs 48 hours after mating, and the young fry is free-swimming within a further four days.

Rear them on fry foods at first, and gently circulate the water with an airstone to convey food particles to them.

Powdered flake and brine shrimp can be provided as they grow.A large number of fry means that gentle filtration is needed to maintain water quality, and partial water changes are required every three days.

Once the males in the brood can be identified, usually, at about two months of age, they should be moved to individual accommodation to prevent fighting.

Prior to this, keep the aquarium covered to keep the young fish from becoming chilled, since this will impair the development of their labyrinth organs

betta fish names

 

My collection of betta Videos

Orange buttefrly crowntail betta

Dumbo ears juvy betta

How do you know if your betta fish is happy?

  • The signs of a happy, healthy, and relaxed betta include:
  • Strong, vibrant colors.
  • Fins are held open, but not taut, allowing their fins to billow and fold in the water.
  • Feeds readily.
  • Active, smooth swimming movements.
  • On the other hand, a stressed or sick betta may show the following signs:
  • Faded, muted color.

How do you make a betta fish happy?

  • The aquarium can be either glass or acrylic.
  • Plants can be either live or plastic.
  • Use waste-absorbing gravel.
  • Don’t forget a heater — bettas like to stay warm.
  • Betta food and treats (bloodworms are a nice treat)
  • Water and fish treatments.

 

 

 

indoor koi pond 101 Quick Tips About Indoor Koi Pond

indoor koi pond

Do you want to have a koi pond but don’t have lawn space outside to build your koi pond? You can still build a koi pond indoors. There are much cool designs you can choose just search at google image. Having indoor koi pond is the best choice for koi keepers that live in cold climate areas. For koi owners in temperamental climates, indoor ponds offer peace of mind, especially for long winters. Also, indoor koi pond is best for koi keepers that live in an urban area that doesn’t have enough space to build an outdoor koi pond. indoor koi pond tends to be smaller so it is important that the water levels are correct. Otherwise, the strong pressure could make your koi fish sick or could even be fatal. Install a high-quality water pump and koi pond filter to help keep water levels and pressure safely. I recommend using airlift pump it serves as a protein skimmer too. The efficient filtration should be able to pump the entire koi pond volume of water through the filter in one hour The smaller size of indoor koi pond also affects the water and gas exchange. And koi fish need plenty of dissolved oxygen in the water. So my advice is to use diy airlift pump it serves a dual purpose. Airlift pump can lift water and aerate the water at the same time. Koi fish don’t need to rise to the surface to breathe oxygen. You need also to install a drain in the koi pond.

You can also buy a cheap add-on bottom drain to the place at the bottom of the indoor koi pond indoor koi pond will build up humidity inside your home. This can be a good therapy for those who suffer from cold and dry winter climates. If added humidity is not for you, install a fan to circulate the humidity throughout the house to fix it. You can also add to try a dehumidifier. You can add lighting to your indoor koi pond Koi fish do better in natural lighting it can bring out their natural beautiful colors. Many koi keepers who take the indoor koi pond add picture windows or other means to allow natural light into the home. You can also install incandescent lighting with UVA and UVB bulbs. These will also help any koi pond plants to grow. You also need to keep an eye for any indoor koi pond leaks. Leaks inside a home can cause plenty of damage, so it’s best to always catch them early Find for pooling water on the floor by the koi pond or any other odd moisture. Cheap leak detectors can provide some peace of mind once installed. You can also check out my koi pond construction guide article as your guide on how to build koi pond Do you have an indoor koi pond? Send us a photo via our contact form!

indoor pond ideas

Explore Nicole Spence’s board “Indoor Ponds” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Indoor pond, Ponds and Water feature. here

 

indoor koi pond ideas pinterest collection of Nicole Spences
indoor koi pond ideas pinterest collection of Nicole Spences

indoor ponds for sale

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keeping koi indoors

Koi grow quickly and get very large. Keep mature koi in an outdoor pond of at least 3 feet deep, with at least 50 gallons of water per fish.

Young koi can be kept indoors in an aquarium of at least 29 gallons. Put the aquarium in a quiet area out of direct sunlight and drafts

Can koi fish live in a tank?

 

Koi are cold water pond fish, descended from carp. … Keep koi in large aquariums for a few months at a time.

If you live in an apartments, you may have to keep koi in aquariums for their entire life.

That is possible, as long as you do not overcrowd the aquarium with too many koi.

Should I bring my koi inside for the winter?

 

In northern locations with extreme winters, some people opt to bring their koi indoors for the winter.

Although koi and goldfish can survive harsh winter conditions, if you have relatively few koi, or if you have a large tank inside to house your fish, you might want to consider bringing your fish inside.

What size tank do koi need?

 

This is the approximate number of fish of a given size you can keep safely in the tank. So, if our 125-gallon tank will hold 1.25 12-inch koi, then it will hold 11 6-inch koi (1.25 X 9 = 11).

It is essential to realize that as the koi grow, you will have to remove fish from the tank to maintain the proper load balance.

Can you keep koi indoors?

 

Keeping Koi Fish Indoors. Koi fish thrive in outdoor conditions, making koi ponds the preferred area; however, for some enthusiasts an outdoor koi pond is impractical or impossible. .. . Much like outdoor koi ponds, indoor koi tanks have some special considerations to take into account.

indoor fish ponds

We’ve been keeping our fish indoors for the winter and have filtration. Do we need to use any chemicals? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q & A

Posted on January 20, 2018 by thepondguy

 

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Q: We’ve been keeping our fish indoors for the winter and have filtration. Do we need to use any chemicals? Shiela – Norton, VA A: No doubt your finned friends are enjoying the cozy indoors during the chilly winter season. With your tank’s filtration system turned on, you’re mechanically cleaning the fishes’ aquatic abode – which is a great first step – but there are a few more things you can do to make their stay inside a pleasant one. Here’s what we recommend.

indoor koi pond designs

indoor koi pond
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Asian-style interiors instantly evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm.

With most of us engrossed in a fast-paced urban lifestyle, it helps immensely when we can come back home to a peaceful learn more

 

indoor fish pond Open MenuLow Cost Indoor Pond by drum303 Step 1: Initial Design Decide where you will put your pond, and how big you want it to be. I chose to make mine 4′ X 4′. The actual frame is 16″ tall, but the water is only 8″ deep, and raised up 8″. One thing to consider is that 1 gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds. Here is a link to a good pond calculator. My pond holds about 70 gallons (560 pounds). If you place your pond on an upper level of your house, you should try to place it along a load bearing wall. A larger pond should be placed on the ground floor. Please make sure your floor will be able to hold your pond. Nobody can be held responsible for any catastrophies but you. Do your homework. This link is a good place to start. FYI, a waterbed holds ALOT more water than this! indoor fish pond leanr more here https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Cost-Indoor-Pond/   koi fish care indoor Koi grow quickly and get very large. Keep mature koi in an outdoor pond of at least 3 feet deep, with at least 50 gallons of water per fish Young koi can be kept indoors in an aquarium of at least 29 gallons. Put the aquarium in a quiet area out of direct sunlight and drafts. What size tank do koi need? This is the approximate number of fish of a given size you can keep safely in the tank. So, if our 125-gallon tank will hold 1.25 12-inch koi, then it will hold 11 6-inch koi (1.25 X 9 = 11). It is essential to realize that as the koi grow, you will have to remove fish from the tank to maintain the proper load balance.

koi fish care indoor
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koi fish indoors Should I bring my koi inside for the winter? In northern locations with extreme winters, some people opt to bring their koi indoors for the winter. Although koi and goldfish can survive harsh winter conditions, if you have relatively few koi, or if you have a large tank inside to house your fish, you might want to consider bringing your fish inside. How do you keep koi alive in the winter? The snow, ice, and surrounding earth will help insulate your pond from the frigid air. De-Icer: If your pond threatens to freeze completely, you may need to install a de-icer to keep at least part of the water above freezing. Your fish will need a few feet of liquid water in the pond throughout the winter.

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koi fish indoor cheap indoor pond

cheap indoor pond
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cheap indoor pond framework Just wanted to share my indoor cichlid pond if anyone is interested. The necessity arose when my Oscar started reaching 9″ and had officially outgrown his 40 gallon home. I had originally planned on setting up a 125 gallon aquarium, but after sketching some ideas out and talking to the Mrs, she gave me the okay to go ahead with the indoor pond. 😀 The pond itself is roughly 150 gallons and about 7ft long. The water return from the filter is in the narrow end, which creates a current that empties into what I call the pooling end. The idea was to simulate on a micro scale a stream emptying into a lake. The natural habit of the fish in the pond varies, and this way they can all come a little closer to “home.” The pond is inhabited by a 10″ Oscar named Ludo. With him are 2 female Jack Dempseys (both around 6-7″), a Firemouth Cichlid, a Firemouth x Convict hybrid, a small family of Convicts, and 5 Silver Dollars. rapidly growing varieties of koi—may grow to a length of 36 in (90 cm) by five years of age in this environment. Constructing an indoor pond is very similar to creating a pond outside ), but its location in the home must be carefully considered (see box, below). Raised ponds are the most popular style indoors, especially if small fish are to be kept there, and broad edging provides an opportunity to sit and view the fish at close quarters. Always consider the safety of your design , especially if young children are likely to visit. It is important to have an efficient filtration system in an indoor pond, to maintain the quality of the water; partial water changes are also necessary, because, unlike an outdoor pond, it will not be periodically flushed through with rainwater. Evaporation will reduce the water level, so you will need to top off the pond regularly with fresh, dechlorinated water. On to the build..! read the full article here small indoor fish pond beautiful established indoor koi pond

Achieving healthy plant growth in an indoor pond, such as this well-established conservatory pool, may need overhead lighting to maintain the plants through the winter, especially in temperate areas. Extra heating may also be necessary, depending on the plant species you choose to grow. beautiful indoor koi pond An indoor pond can be a striking focal point in a contemporary room design. This Asian-style koi pond by architects Dransfield Owens de Silva, can be crossed via stepping stones to reach another room. INDOOR POND CONSIDERATIONS

  • Always seek professional advice if you wish to build a large indoor pond.
  • Screen the windows in a conservatory to prevent large water temperature fluctuations
  • Provide adequate ventilation to prevent condensation problems and mold growth.
  • Incorporate a means of draining the pond with no risk of flooding the area.

Can you keep butterfly koi in a tank?

If you live in an apartments, you may have to keep koi in aquariums for their entire life.

That is possible, as long as you do not overcrowd the aquarium with too many koi.

Obtain an aquarium that is large enough to contain the number of koi you have. Koi need a large volume tank to thrive.

koi fish transforming into a dragon 2018

koi fish turning into dragon

koi fish turning into dragon

koi fish turning into dragon This is my diorama video telling the
story of the legend of the koi fish transforming into a dragon

Once upon a time, there was a little Kohaku koi fish who lives in a beautiful small pond.

One day He decided to go in the dragon’s gate because he wanted to
become a dragon as what he heard his grandfather told him that
whenever you will succeed in reaching the dragon’s gate you will
turn into a beautiful dragon,

so the little kohaku koi fish jump out of his pond and swim towards
the dragons gate when He was about to reach the summit of the
water fall the Gods test him they make large waves to prevent the
koi fish from reaching

the dragon’s gate but the little koi fish is determined to reach the
top He keeps on swimming even if he was already tired and
exausted and then the Gods throw him ball of fires and even lighting

but this did not stop the little kohaku koi fish he continues to swim
upward the water fall and then successfully reach the dragon’s gate. The Gods were very pleased with the little koi fish that they turn the little koi fish into a beautiful dragon.

My story is based on Fish in Chinese mythology

Here is also a story from this site http://www.egreenway.com/dragonsrealms/DT3.htm

The Threshold of the Dragon’s Gate

“Beneath the serene quiet of the water lilies a young carp senses a calling . . . swelling up in her heart
like the swirling waters at the base of a great waterfall,

Somehow summoned to go beyond the barrier of crashing water and veiled mist

The churning waters of the waterfall’s bottom matches that of the young carp’s desires

Finally with a burst of enthusiasm the carp has launched herself up
the wall of rushing water cresting the first fall with a surge of effort
only to be met with relentless rushing water.

Persevering from one cataract to the next the carp make it to the summit’s last falls.

Regrouping her energies in a pocket of scouring effervescence
every essence of strength, courage, and spirit is consumed in the launching over the fall’s summit.

And the dragon’s gate accepts her efforts a transforming gate of fire Revealing the birth of a new Dragon

born of the seed of desire planted in the heart of a small carp that once hid in the shallows.”

– Howard Schroeder, Threshold of the Dragon’s Gate

koi fish turning into dragon tattoo

koi fish turning into dragon
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Koi Fish Turning Into Dragon Koi Turning Into a Dragon. … Coy
Tattoo, Fish Tattoos, Koi Fish Tattoo, Lotus Tattoo, Tattoo Time,
Animal Tattoos, Tatoos, Japanese

legend of carp turning into a dragon

A long time ago, in the distant past, the water of the
blue river that flowed from the sky, and the golden river
that flowed from the land were separated by the legendary
Dragon’s Gate.

The golden river, so-called because of the golden colour
of its water, was the last place where the inhabitants of
the sea could swim freely, after the gods that walked on
the earth had destroyed their massive home, believing
themselves to be the owners of everything they laid their
eyes on.

Amongst all the inhabitants of their water, the Koi family were the
most beautiful of all, gleaming in the sunlight like brilliant stars.

The black one was father Koi, the red one was mother Koi, and their little son was a remarkable deep blue colour.

What the little Koi fish wanted more than anything was to reach the
waters of the blue river after hearing from his father how there was
a time where there were no barriers between one place and the other.

The bravest fish, the dragon fish, flew across the sky like pearls lighting up the darkness.

The entrance was upstream, through the Dragon’s Gate to the Great Waterfall of the blue river. Every fish that got that far sprouted golden wings and so became a dragon fish. learn more here

koi dragon dragon story

The Story of the Koi Dragon

The legend says that a certain koi had the strength and courage to climb a certain waterfall.

When the koi reached the top exhausted, yet having reached its goal, the koi was transformed into a dragon.

The koi dragon is one of the mythical characters in the Japanese culture which is not actually a dragon.

It is a Japanese fish (Koi fish), which has the power to turn into a dragon.

The koi dragon starts to swim off as a fish up a river and then when it reaches a certain waterfall, tries to cross it.

If it is able to cross the waterfall, then it transforms itself into a dragon and thus it is known as the koi dragon.

The tattoo stands for overcoming obstacles through courage and perseverance.

As the koi fish swims up the waterfall and transforms itself to a
dragon, it symbolizes that nothing is impossible when you believe.

If you work hard and put yourself to tests, you will eventually rise
above your fears and become the ruler of your destiny.

The Daffodils (which are a year old) represents my sisters and their
unconditional and unselfish support and encouragement they provide through each journey.

I love this tattoo as it is something I feel everyone can relate to
throughout their own journey through life. read more here

legend of the dragon gate

LEAPING THE DRAGON GATE

koi fish turning into dragon

On the Yellow River at Hunan is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. It is said that if certain carp called Yulong can climb the cataract
they will transform into dragons.

Every year in the third month of spring they swim up from the sea
and gather in vast numbers in the pool at the foot of the falls.

It used to be said that only seventy one could make the climb in any year. When the first succeeded, then the rains would begin to fall.

This Dragon Gate was said to have been created after the Flood by
the god-emperor Yu who split a mountain blocking the path of the Yellow River.

It was so famous that throughout China there was a common
saying that: ‘a student facing his examinations is like a carp attempting to leap the Dragon Gate.’

Hunan is not the only place where this happens. Many other waterfalls in China also have the name Dragon Gate and much the same is said about them.

Other famous Dragon Gates are on the Wei River where it passes
through the Lung Sheu Mountains and at Tsin in Shanxi Province. learn more here

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koi dragon

The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.

STORY OF THE KOI FISH AND THE DRAGON. An ancient tale tells of a school of koi swimming upstream. Gaining strength by fighting against the current

The Koi Dragon tattoo is one of the most beautiful and deeply symbolic tattoos that you can think of. … The Dragon Koi fish is said to be able to swim against powerful currents. … Of course, the koi dragon tattoo does not always mean that something has been conquered.

Explore Tattoomaze’s board “Koi Dragon Tattoo Drawings” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Fish tattoos, Koi dragon tattoo and Dragon tattoo drawing.

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3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019


Get you kois ready and join the 3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show!

Witness beautiful swimming jewels and learn the art of koi keeping
from the judges, hobbyists, dealers, and enthusiasts.

This is a great learning and fun activity for everyone!

Join the show, learn new things, gain new friends, and maybe win some awards! 😉

Come and join us!

January 12 and 13, 2019
MTS, Davao City

Reserve your vats now and avail of the early bird discount!

Pay only P2,000.00/vat until Dec.31, 2018
Pay P2,500.00/vat on Jan. 2019

Only paid reserved vats can enjoy of the early bird discount. Reserved vats paid on the day (Jan. 12, ’18) will be subjected to full amount of P2,500.00 regardless of reservation date.

Grab the chance to avail the discount!

MKCA out of town winners and for those who are willing to join the
Open Koi Show,, we are offering free handling of your entries for MKCA 2019 battle of the champions.

We will pick up at airport and pack it again for shipping for free.

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019 List of Winners

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019 list of winners

 

 

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019 Grand Champion
Grand Champion

 

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019 Grand Champion B
Grand Champion B

 

3rd Davao Koi Club Open Koi Show! 2019 Reserved Grand Champion
Reserved Grand Champion

differenty types of kohaku and genealogy history 2019

types of koi kohaku koi

kohaku koi different types of kohaku you need to know 2019

In this article. I am discussing about different types of kohaku koi fish variety and its genalogy history.

What are the kohaku koi fish ancestors and how they got their coloration and patterns that we see today.

kohaku koi definition

A koi fish variety that has a white skin and a red pattern is defined as a Kohaku koi.kohaku koi

The kohaku koi is a representative class of the Nishikigoi.

Though its color is plain only white and red.

It reminds all the Japanese of their national flag of Japan.

In the koi world, there is a saying, “Keeping the Nishikigoi begins with the Kohaku and ends with the Kohaku.

First people are attracted by the beauty of the Kohaku koi and charmed by the Showa or the Ogon.

But finally, they go back to the Kohaku koi again.

That means that Kohaku koi is the prototype of the Nishikigoi.

Kohaku koi Origin

It was around 1800 that a red and white koi appeared for the first time.

red and white koi fish

By mutation, a koi with red cheeks called “Hookazuki” was born from a black carp.

Hookazuki koi fish
Hookazuki

Then a white koi was born from “Hookazuki”

white koi
white koi

The white koi being mated with a Higoi, a white koi with Hi markings was breed and called “Hara-aka” (red Belly)”.

white koi higoi or red koi hara aka red belly

Later kois with Hi markings on the gill covers “Era-Hi (Red gills)” were breed.

Era-Hi (Red gills)
Era-Hi (Red gills)

Later than 1830 a “Zu-kinkaburi” whose head is partly red, a “Menkaburi” whose whole head is red.

Zu-kinkaburi
Zu-kinkaburi
Menkaburi
Menkaburi

A “Menkaburi” whose whole head is red, a “Kuchi-beni of which lips are red

Kuchi-beni koi fish
Kuchi-beni

An a “Sarasa” which has red and white markings on the back were breed.

Sarasa kohaku koi fish
Sarasa

In the Meiji era Kohakus spread all over Yamakoshi and were improved.

It was by Gosuke of Utogi that so-called modern Kohaku was breed.

Utogi is a part of Ojiya City now. His real name was Kunizo Hiroi.

He mated a male koi of the cherry blossom pattern with a female which had a redhead.

A Tomouemon inherited Gosuke’s excellent Kohaku and Yagozen and Buheita followed him.

Kohaku Pattern

Good white texture is the most important element in the case of the Kohaku.

It must not be yellowish or brownish but should be snow white.

Dark but bright Hi is Preferable.

There are two kinds of Hi one’s base is purple and the other base is yellowish brown.

The former Hi is darker and does not fade away easily but unrefined.

To learn more about other types of koi click here types of koi

Kohaku
Kohaku is one of the most beautiful koi with its pure white body and intense-red patterns.

The white cannot have a yellow tint, it must be snow-white, and the
Hi (red) must be consistent, evenly colored, without thin, discolored spots. Red is not desirable on the fins.

The edge of the red pattern must be sharp and clear against the white background (this edge is called “kiwa”).

The red pattern should be artistically well-balanced.
One of the most important factors to be considered is the body conformation.

Don’t choose a Kohaku simply because it has a beautiful pattern.

Poor body conformation is usually a result of more serious internal
problems that will eventually result in health problems.

Photos from http://valentinac.com/koi/kohaku.html

Straight Hi Kohaku

kohaku koi Straight Hi Kohaku

Nidan Kohaku

Nidan Kohaku koi

Sandan Kohaku

Sandan Kohaku koi

Yondan Kohaku

Yondan kohaku koi

Godan Kohaku

Godan Kohaku koi

Inazuma Kohaku

Inazuma kohaku koi

Tancho Kohaku

tancho kohaku koi

Kuchibeni Kohaku

Kuchibeni kohaku koi

Menkaburi Kohaku

Menkaburi kohaku koi

Maruten Kohaku

Maruten Kohaku koi

Omoyo Kohaku

Omoyo kohaku koi

Ginrin Kohaku

Ginrin kohaku koi
Kohaku come in hundreds of patterns. Some of the more recognized ones are:

– by patterns on the body:
Omoyo: one step pattern. A continuous, large, unbroken pattern from head to tail.
Straight Hi: Single, continuous Hi pattern, but the red patches are interconnected.
Nidan: two step pattern. Two islands of red color that are not interconnected.
Sandan: three step pattern. (Yondan – four step, Godan – five step, etc.)
Inazuma: pattern resembling a lightning strike; zig-zag pattern.

– by markings on the head:
Tancho: Pure white body with a single roundish red marking on the head between the eyes
(with no other red on the body).
Kuchibeni: red lipstick-like markings, red (beni) on the mouth.
Menkaburi: “hood” pattern – going behind, below the eyes often to the mouth.
Maruten: “crown” on the head pattern – a red mark on the head (similar to Tancho) but with red patterns
on the rest of the body too.

Kohaku are sensitive to water conditions. In hard water they will develop small black freckles (called “shimi”) on the skin.

Softer water will prevent shimi from forming and will also
contribute to the development of the red (beni).

In very young koi the red starts out as a pale yellow and, in time, it changes to orange and later to red.

Males tend to develop the red faster than females, but their color also tends to diminish faster.

Females might take longer to develop the red but their colors will
last longer, this aspect making them more desirable among the hobbyists.

Kohaku There are fundamental points to look for in a kohaku. Pattern for the head, body, the tail, and the fins.

A red marking is indispensable for the head, even if it has beautiful
patterns on the body, a koi without a head Hi will be amoung the first culled.

The ideal shape of the head Hi is a large U spreading over the head,
a head Hi which spreads all over the head is not preferable.

The mouth region should be white, the Hi which spreads down to
the lips, and not covering the cheeks and jaws is also disliked.

The ideal end line of the head Hi is the nose line, and at least down to the eyes.

A head Hi that is neither too large nor too small is preferable.

The head Hi should not spread down to the mouth tip, if it is split in some place, no mouth Hi is acceptable.

The head Hi must not cover the eyes, jaws, and cheeks, but must be as large as possible.

The back should have a pattern well-balanced on both sides. A large mark on the shoulders near the head makes a Kohaku look imposing.

A V shaped white cut on the shoulders is desirable. A continuous pattern from the head to shoulders without any cuts looks dull.

The distance between the last Hi and the tail joint should be about 2cm.

As the fish grows larger, this distance increases, the last Hi spreading
over the tail is disliked, no fins should have Hi.

The skin should be snow white, the Hi deep, each pattern is
different but should show a clean cut edge.

The Kohaku should look imposing, elegant and the pattern well balanced.

The basic factors of Kohaku are, Bright Hi, Sharp pattern edges, no
Hi over the eyes and fins, no Hi markings spreading below the
lateral line, head Hi that does not spread below the nose, and tail Hi that does not spread over the caudal fin.

 

Kohaku Koi are the most popular Koi in Japan. Kohaku, Sanke and Showa Koi are called the “Gosanke” which means “The Three Families.” In the United States, “Gosanke” Koi are often referred to as “The Big Three.”

Kohaku are white bodied koi with red markings (sometimes more orange than red)…

Ideally the white of the body is like fine porcelain in color, with the
red well-demarcated (not “bleeding”). Red is undesirable on the fins,
and unless specified in a particular sub-variety, not below the eyes or on the mouth.

Several “sub-varieties”, designator terms are utilized with Kohaku type koi:

By Hi: “He”, Red Patterns on the Body:

Straight Hi: Pattern like meandering islands of red that are interconnected.

Inazuma: Interconnected red pattern looking “Like a Lightning Bolt”.

Nidan (Ni is two in Japanese): Two Step pattern. Two islands of red color that are not interconnected.

Sandan (San is three in Japanese): Three Step pattern. Three islands of red color that are not interconnected.

Yondan (Yon is four in Japanese): Four Step pattern. Four islands of red color that are not interconnected.

By Red Markings on the Head:

Kuchibeni: “Lipstick”; with red on the oral lobes.

Menkaburi: With “A Hood on the head”. Going behind, below the eyes often to the mouth.

Maruten: With a “Crown on the head”. A reddish mark, though with more red on the body.

Tancho: With a “Red Sun” marking on head, and lacking other red on the body. Best if the “spot” is bright red, w/o bleeding color, and circular, centered on the head.

Koh-haku koi are the cornerstone of any serious koi collection.

They are fairly simple in appearance, with red markings on a white body.

But simplicity aside, this is undeniably the most important and
most fundamental koi variety.

Koh-haku form the root breeding stock of many other varieties,
and they commonly win the “grand champion” award at prestigious koi shows.

KOHAKU

It is said “appreciation of koi starts and ends with Kohaku”. What that means is Kohaku was the first class to be bred consistently or stabilized in about 1890.

It also means that after a person has studied all of the classes of koi and has become experienced, they
will come back to appreciate Kohaku for its simplicity and beauty.

I will keep the amount of Japanese terminology to a minimum in this lecture.

A Japanese term dictionary will be available soon in KOIUSA magazine and on the AKCA website.

Before I continue on Kohaku, I want to take a minute to discuss judging points common to all classes.

Koi are judged as a whole or holistically and are not judged on a positive or negative point system.

Negative points can come into play in close contests.

Koi are judged side by side based on what we see today and not what may be there next week or next year.

Japanese Judges have a disadvantage in often being able to
recognize bloodlines, which can cloud their “judge for today”
decisions because they know which koi cost more and has more potential.

A Japanese Judge once answered a question on why a koi won an
award replying, “because it was the most expensive fish”.

Koi may lose today only to come back to win tomorrow based on the competition tomorrow.

First, the koi cannot be missing anything like a fin or have any
abnormalities like a pushed in mouth all of which will disqualify the koi from judging.

The exception is the second set of barbels.
Second the koi must be healthy and not show signs of disease or
parasites, which could disqualify the koi from judging.

An exception is made for split fins or bruises judged to be caused during transportation.
Third, is the importance of body conformation.

Broad, thick body shape of female koi is preferred giving an
imposing appearance when compared to the thin trout shaped body of a male koi.

Shape and size of the fins are important to be in proportion to the body.

The head shape is important that it not be too short or too long or turn to one side.

The koi when viewed from above should be symmetrical on both sides and not have one side flatter than the other.

Even the way a koi swims is taken into account on conformation.

Not all female koi hold their eggs well, which could affect conformation.

Fourth, in my opinion is quality of skin and deep, vibrant colors, which makes koi “living jewels”.

This also includes how well the koi is “finished”, are all of the colors up, and is there a good sheen on the skin.

It is conformation and quality that will catch a Judges eye from a distance.

Fifth is pattern that is artistically balanced and not front, tail or side heavy.

Pattern must also be proportional to the size of the koi and not have
a small pattern on a huge body or a huge pattern on a small body.

Last is uniqueness or character usually of the pattern on the head that makes this koi special.

Now for Kohaku.

We have a snow white (shiro) base color with a red (hi) pattern. The pattern may be stepped or continuous. The white must be without blemish or yellow tint.

The hi may be any one of the many hues from deep persimmon
orange to Ferrari red but the red must be thick without any thin
spots and the pattern must be the same color from head to tail.

Some Judges prefer the persimmon orange hi to the Ferrari red
because the orange appears soft and the purple red appears hard and gaudy.

Kohaku must have red pattern on the head.
The pattern on the body must be artistically balanced and the kiwa
or rear edges of each spot must be sharp like cut with a razor.

A new bias in Japan has started to favor bloodlines that have the
kiwa stop at the edge of each scale forming a scalloped edge rather
than a straight edge across the center of a scale.

The front edge of each spot (not on the head) may have blurred red color that is called “sashi” or insertion.

Sashi indicates the koi is still improving in quality and is not finished yet.

It is elegant if a Kohaku has a white nose and a white area with no
red pattern just in front of the tail called a “tail stop” and several other names.

Some subtleties of pattern not liked are a totally red head or red
down the face to the nose that are heavy in appearance.

Red pattern wrapping below the lateral line suggests a future koi
when the red and white are better balanced.

Red spots below the lateral line are disliked. The lateral line is a raised sensory organ running the full length of a koi half way up the side of a koi.

A red head pattern with an additional red lip mark is called
“kuchibeni” and can be cute if it balances the overall pattern.

Red pattern at the base of the pectoral fin was considered
unfavorable but is being accepted now if it adds to the overall balance of the pattern.

Red into the tail or into the dorsal fin is still disliked.
Kohaku tend to get black specks “shimis” in hard water with high pH.

How many types of koi fish are there?

Types of Koi Varieties. There are over a 100 different types of koi (Nishikigoi).

Can you have koi fish in a tank?

Keep koi in large aquariums for a few months at a time. If you live in an apartments, you may have to keep koi in aquariums for their entire life.

That is possible, as long as you do not overcrowd the aquarium with too many koi. … Your tank should have 1 cubic foot per 1 inch of koi fish length.