“Koi Health & Disease” Reload by Dr Erik Johnson

Folks ask me all the time, what’s new in the new book? If I already have the first edition, should I buy the second edition? The answer to the question is YES. The reason you should get the second book is because your first edition is probably rather worn by now. Plus, WE DROPPED about … Read more

Keeping That Water Clean and Most of All, Clear! Water Clarity

What is possible Factors that detract from clarity Compensating or correcting these factors What Is Possible “Clean” water is usualy also clear water, but there are exceptions. You can have very “healthy” water which is so green with suspended algae that you cannot see through it. You can also have very “clear” water which is … Read more

First Aid For Tropical Fish

Your “obvious” case of Ich may not be so obvious. 70% of all fish health problems are caused by stress, poor nutrition, or most of all: Water Quality. The other 30% of fish health maladies are actually caused by the parasites you think they are. Tips on stress: Shy fish need to be kept in … Read more

Setting Up A New Community Tank – For Beginners

This article concerns the selection, purchase, and set up of a tank for fish – geared to the beginner. Part One for Beginners – The Tank You might be amazed at the lack of crossover between pond hobbyists and freshwater aquarists in this country. It might amaze you to know that *most* people who have … Read more

Selection, purchase, and set up of a tank for fish – geared to the beginner.

Setting Up A Community Tank This article concerns the selection, purchase, and set up of a tank for fish – geared to the beginner. Part One for Beginners – The Tank You might be amazed at the lack of crossover between pond hobbyists and freshwater aquarists in this country. It might amaze you to know … Read more

Water Changes Are Critically Important

Water Changes Are Critically Important A Word About Water Changes – by E L Johnson DVM (Here’s an alternative to All Out All In Waterchanges – Click) Water changes are simply the removal of some old water, and the replacement of that old water with new water. It sounds so simple but there are problems, … Read more

Understanding Gravel Bottom Ponds

Understanding Gravel Bottom Ponds This has been my tenth year with a gravel-bottom pond. And, on top of that it’s my fifth such pond, I had my first one at the lab. It’s the standard smaller installation I got to “see about” these ponds and what they were like. After that experience I decided that … Read more

AquaScapes gravel bottomed pond installations

AquaScapes gravel bottomed pond installations – by Doc Johnson Wildly popular and easy for landscapers to install Attractive Cost effective Beautiful when fully planted No immediate hazard to fish You can’t argue a single point of this First look: The filters and gravel bottomed ponds they install work admirably until the fish grow, or until … Read more

Receiving Japanese Import Fish Successfully

Receiving Japanese Import Fish Successfully – by Doc Johnson Hey, I’ve imported ONE group of “hundreds” of fish from Japan “for real” including going to the airport, meeting USFWS and all that. And I’ve been around the triage of imported fish a half dozen times. But I’ve treated recently imported Japanese fish HUNDREDS of times … Read more

Winter and Winterizing a Koi Pond

Highlights Try to keep a hole open in the ice. It doesn’t always matter. But it’s difficult to “know” which pond requires it and which ones don’t. assume your pond has enough organics to need gas exchange and leave a hole open. You can break the ice. It doesn’t hurt the fish. That’s proven. Some … Read more