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Koi, Cold Water and Carp Pox

Randy LeFever, Owner and President of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, offers some advice regarding carp pox, and what it may mean for your fish. Carp pox is a herpesvirus that affects koi.  Effects are primarily seen in the cold winter months, when a koi’s immune system is less active. Carp pox is not to be […]

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Reader’s Choice – Asagi

One of the oldest varieties of koi.  Many of the varieties available today were formed from Asagi crossbreeding.  Asagi is truly a cornerstone of the koi hobby. But what makes a great Asagi?  You have the blue reticulated pattern, and of course the orange or red hi markings.  But how much red is too much?  […]

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Reader’s Choice – Kohaku

The king of koi.  Where koi keeping begins and ends.  Everyone has heard the sayings that accompany Kohaku.  Kohaku is what most novices envision upon hearing the word “koi”, and indeed is the most popular variety in the koi industry. But what makes a great Kohaku?  What do you look for when selecting young Kohaku?  […]

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Koi and Winter Hibernation

Did you know that koi hibernate during the winter?  Yep, just like many other animals, koi are very sedentary during the fall and winter months. Now, to be clear, koi do not technically “hibernate” during the winter.  And their activity is not like other hibernating animals.  There is no burrowing, no hoarding of food, no […]

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