JAN/FEB 2016 EDITOR’S DESK
By Larry Iles
For just a minute there I thought that was my first Koi love on this month’s Cover. Because of her (“The Dear Old Queen”) there will always be a soft spot in my heart for a beautiful Asagi, and this lovely lady is a real gem. You’ll get another chance to get an “up close and personal” look at her inside thanks to our good friend Duc Nguyen.
Our own “Artist in residence” Claudia Nice has been kind enough to share more of her handiwork in a display of Sanke and Showa paintings that is every bit as educational as it is a display of her skillful hand. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the view.
Our good friend Jerry Kyle takes us on a Pond Tour with the Camellia Koi Club, featuring a wide variety of Garden Ponds, Koi Ponds, and even a few with both. If you’ve never gone to a pond tour this may be just the thing to motivate you the next time you hear about one in your area. If there isn’t one nearby, hopefully it will make you think about organizing one yourself! The AKCA has a lot of members who could probably give you pointers if you ask.
The Holland Koi Show is featured this month as well thanks to Anja Albertsboer, and in the Nederlands they REALLY know how to put on a show. This makes their 23rd year, and somehow it just keeps getting bigger and better every time. Someday I hope to attend it myself, but until then I’ll just have to enjoy it right here along with you.
On the Koi Health front Jerry Kyle has more updates on the progress being made with our research partners at Oregon State University. The progress being made on Project KHV is impressive and they are leaving no stones unturned as they continue to unravel more details about how it reacts to its environment and that will lead us toward a better understanding of how to deal with it effectively in the future.
We get to go for a visit to Otsuka Koi Farm with Martin Symonds this issue. The road to Yamakoshi Village is long and winding, but not as long as the road to creating beautiful Koi. The Otsuka family has been travelling that road for 3 generations now, and their story is as good as their Koi.
Our old friend Jim Reilly is back this month with some water wisdom, and this time around it’s a fresh look at Aeromonas, what makes it tick, and how to deal with it proactively. I hope you read it well and take it to heart, especially if you are relatively new to Koi keeping. This hobby is a lot more fun if you know how to prevent problems instead of how to cope with them after the fact.
There are always great events coming your way if only you knew how to find them. Our AKCA Calendar of Club events is here to keep you up to speed on what’s next, and if your club has an event in the works, you might want to get in touch with us about getting the word out!
Thanks for reading with us, and I hope you enjoy every page.
Oh yeah… HAPPY NEW YEAR!