In Japan, breeding koi?a colorful and beautiful member of the carp family?has occupied a position between hobby and art form for more than two centuries. This stunningly illustrated book, compiled by a team of koi experts, shows and tells aquarium enthusiasts virtually everything they need to know about this fascinating activity. Koi are hardy fish, relatively large in size, and the most practical way to keep them is in an outdoor pond. Combining text with illustrations, an important section of the book explains the requirements of a garden pond for koi, showing the filtration system and pointing out how it functions.
Most of the book concentrates on koi themselves, focusing on...
* A brief history of koi
* Advice on buying koi
* The fish's physiology
* Health care
* Breeding koi
* Showing koi and joining koi clubs.
An 80-page section tells all about koi variations, and features color photos of more than 100 varieties. Illustrated two-page spreads review each variety's history, and show both their more desirable and less desirable color markings. Here is a beautifully designed and illustrated volume that emphasizes the special satisfactions of keeping and breeding koi. Approximately 450 color photos and illustrations.
Table of Contents:
* PART ONE
Designing and building a koi pond
Physiology and health care
Buying, Feeding, Showing Breeding Koi
* PART TWO
Asagi and Shusui
Hardcover w/ jacket / 208 Pages / 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 / 2002 Author Steve Hickling