MAY/JUN 2017 EDITOR’S DESK
By Larry Iles
We’re well into April as I’m writing. For most, if not all, of us that means spring has sprung. That being the case, we’ve learned that we must be on guard for the danger of warming weather lurking for unsuspecting owners, ponds and koi. Winter probably left your beneficial bacteria depleted, your koi’s immune systems weakened and your pond water old and depleted. So it’s time to get to work!
Water quality comes first. Clean your pond, replace some of that old worn out water with fresh new water and avoid feeding too much too soon. Remember that beneficial bacteria are temperature dependant and need time to rebuild their populations. Next, be on guard for the warning signs that aeromonas and parasites have taken advantage of your koi’s weakened immune systems, since they too are temperature dependant. Observation is key.
If the steep learning curve of this hobby has thrown you a curve or two, or if you’re just in the mood for a fun refresher, the AKCA is putting on a Wet Lab in New Jersey in June hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club. Not in over 10 years has this been available to East Coast hobbyists so don’t miss out on the chance to spend 1 & ½ days with Aqua Vet Nick Saint-Erne and fellow hobbyists. The registration form is conveniently located in this magazine. If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out Don & Brenda Chandler’s article on the 2016 Wet Lab which was held last year in Cedar Falls, IA – it just might convince you to move all in.
OK, you can’t make the shindig in Jersey. No problem: We have a couple of articles that should fill the bill. In one of his inimitable rambles, James Reilly takes us to school on hardness, alkalinity and pH. As always, he keeps it interesting and understandable. Then Jerry Kyle takes us on a detective mission to learn why a hobbyist’s ammonia readings kept climbing even though he believed he was taking the appropriate measures to control them.
Jerry also tackles the job of making KHV disease and AKCA funded research understandable to laymen – no easy chore. Then he recaps the progress made to date with our Project KHV Fundraising Drive. Thanks to concerned and generous clubs, companies and hobbyists like you our goal of raising enough funds to cover our existing grant obligation is well within reach. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could raise enough to fund the next round of KHV research?
Now it’s time for the eye candy articles. Ken Jett invites us to share Southern hospitality and beautiful koi with his 2016 Atlanta Koi Club show article. On the other side of the continent, Nancy J. Moore shows us how it’s stylishly done in the Northwest with her 2016 Washington Koi & Water Garden Society’s show article. Then north of the border, Daniel Shelton welcomes us to the Mountain View Koi Club’s exhibition in Canada’s beautiful Montreal Botanical Garden. Since mighty oaks grow from tiny acorns, we applaud the club’s steps toward holding a fully fledged show the next time around and growing the hobby Maple Leaf style.
Last but not least, please enjoy the sumptuous photos and step through the cardinal rules of putting on a pond tour that the North Texas Water Garden Society has learned the hard way over the years. These folks sure do know how to do it Texas style. Makes me want to buy a guide and take the tour next year. Maybe I’ll see you there! ☺