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New Filtration for Healthy Koi

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce the launch of the Sansai shower filters. The Sansai shower filters are an attractive and economic way to provide extra biological filtration and aeration to your pond.

Sansai Junior Filter

Made from UV resistant high density polyethylene, these filters are less prone to heat loss than metal equivalents. They are available as a small or large model, for 3,000 or 6,000 gallon ponds respectively. Both models have a 50mm inlet and a choice of a weir or 110mm pipe exit. The choice of exit allows you to mount the shower either, beside the pond, with the weir exit, or in your filter area with the 110mm piped exit.

The showers are fed by a pump, preferably after a pre-filter or existing filtration. The water passes through spray bars at the top of the unit, which distributes the water evenly over the filter media. As the water passes through the unit, it will move through the layers of media, splashing and aerating as it descends. At the same time, oxygen is drawn through numerous vent holes, which is used by the bacteria and to aerate the water. After its journey through the unit, the water arrives at the bottom collector unit where it is returned to the pond via a 110mm pipe or weir.

Although these units are available from £395 (Small) and £595 (Large) without media, we would recommend buying the unit with the filter media. Healthy Koi offer the Sansai Small with media for £455 and the Sansai Large with media for £715. The Healthy Koi packages use BioPore filter media, which is an excellent and effective ceramic media. BioPore is extremely porous and lightweight allowing for a larger colony of bacteria and for more biological filtration, than other medias.

For an easy and attractive way to improve your water quality speak to Healthy Koi on 01243 572762 about the range of Sansai shower filters, or go to www.healthykoi.co.uk.

Festival Of Fishkeeping Show – Hayling Island Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th October

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the FBAS Festival of Fishkeeping this year. Said by many to be one of the UK’s top aquatic shows displaying coldwater and tropical fish from all over the world, it is the Federation of Aquatic Societies showpiece for the year. In addition to extensive coldwater and tropical fish displays, there will be a Koi festival taking place and attended by the South East, Middlesex & Surrey Borders, Worthing & District and the South Hants Koi Clubs. The Show will be open to the public from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday 9th & 10th October, 2010. The event will be held at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island, Hampshire and the route will be signposted from the A27 Havant junction southwards.

Festival of Fish Keeping

In addition to our water quality management and bio- security roles, we will again be having our trade stand and our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters and Koi diseases. Our stand will include a full range of Koi health products including microscopes, water test meters, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items, all at special show prices.

In addition to our usual products, you will be able to look at some of our range of equipment including the Sansai Trickle filters and a large range of Hanna water testing equipment including continuous meters,

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

South East Koi Show – 29th& 30th August 2010

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the South East Koi Show this year. Reputed to be one of the UK’s top Koi shows, the South East International Show will be held at Parkwood Hall School School, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent. BR8 8DR on Sunday & Monday, the 29th & 30th August, 2010.

South East Koi Show

The Show, which has an international reputation for excellence, opens to the public from 0930am until 5pm. It will host an exciting range of Koi trade stands and well as an arena full of stunning Koi.In addition to our usual range of items, we will this year be having an extended display of Hanna electronic water testing equipment and accessories. You will have the opportunity to look at the Hanna 83203 multimeter with improved accuracy. In addition to the single and multi-parameter testing equipment & reagents, we will be displaying a range of hand held Hanna dip meters which are both inexpensive and easy to use. To make testing even easier, take time to talk to us about the provision of a ‘Continuous Reading’ meter which have become very popular.

During the Show, our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance on the stand to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters, testing, care, welfare and Koi diseases. Our stand, which will be located in the West Marquee, will include a full range of Koi health products including a new range of top value secondhand serviced microscopes, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items, all at special show prices.

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 698284 or 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

The Healthy Koi Team

Family Wedding – Early Closing

Due to a family wedding this weekend we would like to let all customers know that the shop will be closed all day Friday 23rd July and Saturday 24th July. We will be open as usual from Sunday 25th July onwards.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) – Health Status for England and Wales

Following a lengthy consultation exercise and evaluation of the possible benefits and likelihood of success, DEFRA has concluded that an eradication programme will not be undertaken for KHV disease in England and Wales.

This means that Category V (infected) status will be assumed immediately for England and Wales. A thorough impact assessment concluded that this is the most pragmatic approach after considering the likelihood of success in trying to eradicate the disease. However, DEFRA will be keeping this decision under review.

The adoption of category V status will mean that there will be no changes to the control regime currently in place. Passive surveillance by DEFRA will continue, the disease will remain notifiable and existing control arrangements will stay in place when an outbreak is confirmed. Imports of susceptible species from countries outside the European Union and movements from other Member States will continue in line with the rules that currently apply. However, movements of susceptible species will not be possible from GB to areas of a higher health status in other Member States. The exception being those movements from compartments in GB (e.g. individual farms) which have gained KHV disease free status (category I).

Given that the weather has now got warmer and the likelihood of outbreaks of KHV in the ornamental sector is high, we urge everybody to apply the highest possible biosecurity when purchasing new fish or dealing with your existing stock. Should you require any assistance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your Koi and Volcanic Ash

Volcanic ash is formed during explosive volcanic eruptions. This occurs when gases dissolved in molten rock (magma) expand and escape violently into the air, and also when water is heated by magma and abruptly flashes into steam. The force of the escaping gas violently shatters solid rocks and blasts it into the air, where it solidifies into fragments of volcanic rock and glass. Once in the air, our weather patens take over and wind can blow the tiny ash particles thousands of miles away from the volcano.

The components of volcanic ash are mildly corrosive and potentially conductive. The soluble coatings are derived from the interactions in an eruption column may be composed of sulphuric and hydrochloric acid and droplets with absorbed halide salts.

At the present time, the prevailing winds are driving the ash from the recently erupted Icelandic volcano south/ south eastwards. Predictions are that the ash fall-out will start to occur in Scotland tomorrow and move further southwards.

Although the silica content of the volcanic ash is considered non-toxic, the problem starts when there is a ‘sulphur’ component to the residue. Already, from some of the eyewitness accounts in Scotland, people have commented on the smell of rotten eggs (Hydrogen Sulphide). As the ash moves Southwards further over the UK, it would be prudent for those with pond covers to replace them for a short period. Koikeepers with uncovered ponds should keep a close eye on the fish. The addition of clay to the pond will help to buffer any reduction swings in pH due to the acidic content of the ash. Should any unusual behavior occur with the Koi, a water change using a purifier or the addition of de-chlorinator will help but keep an eye on pond water temperature changes.

It is not unusual for problems of this nature to occur. Earlier this year, sulphur dioxide was detected in blood samples we took in the West Country whilst investigating Koi mortality. This occurred after a period of northerly driven snow and rain.

If you need any further help, do not hesitate to give us a ring on 01243 572762 or 07726840627.

The Healthy Koi Team.

South Hants 19th Open Koi Show – 30th/31st May

South Hants 19th Open Koi Show - 30th/31st May

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the South Hants Koi Show this year. Reputed to be one of the UK’s top regional Koi shows, the South Hants 19th Open Koi Show will be held again at the Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant on Sunday 30th May and Monday 31st May, 2010. The Show, which opens to the public from 10am until 5pm, will host an exciting range of Koi trade stands and craft stalls and will include bonsai & aquarium displays.

In addition to our water quality management and bio- security roles, we will again be having our trade stand and our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters, care, welfare and Koi diseases. Our stand will include a full range of Koi health products including a new range of top value secondhand serviced microscopes, water test meters and reagents, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items, at special show prices. You will have the opportunity to look at the new Hanna 2008 C203 multimeter with improved accuracy.

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

Show Details

Sunday 30th & Monday 31st May 2010
Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday 10.00am To 4.00pm
HAVANT LEISURE CENTRE. CIVIC CENTRE ROAD.
HAVANT. HAMPSHIRE. PO9 2AY

For more information
Glenys Cambridge tel: 023 9225 4297 or Mobile: 07999588993
showchairman@southhantsbkks.co.uk
Vat allocation Rod on 01243 572762

Spring Health Problems & Seasonal Preparations

This year, we have had a very harsh and severe winter. Unfortunately, some fish, who were in poor condition when they went into the winter, did not survive. Others, who have been weakened by the prolonged cold spell will emerge in the spring with depleted strength and not in the best of health. As a result, it is important that their environment is well looked after, they have excellent water quality and you start feeding again with wheatgerm/ multi-season feeds as soon as the temperature allows. Blood samples taken at this time of year often show the Koi to be anemic. The resumption of feeding will help them with any nutritional problems and to regain their former condition.

Some of the fish problems which are occurring at the present time is due to water toxicity. This often occurs when we have had a poor winter and a lot of debris can end up in the pond. A good clean-up and controlled water changes usually cures these problems.
Spring Health Problems & Seasonal Preparations
Spend time now – relax in the summer
Moving on now, for Koi keepers, there is a host of work to be carried out at this time of year. There is a need to prepare for the warmer weather with increased activity of our Koi and our pond ecosystem. Time spent now will reap large rewards later in the season. The last thing you (or your Koi) want is an equipment breakdown in mid- summer when you are away on your holiday and the neighbour is doing his best to look after your treasured Koi.

Looking at your pond, the now is the time to:

Pond & Environment

  • Clean and vacuum the pond.
  • Strip and clean pumps.
  • Check all valves and pipework – now is the time to undertake those changes before the heavier feeding starts and the filtration system builds up efficiency.
  • Re-direct / re-connect waterfalls which have been bypassed during the very cold winter spells.
  • Clean and flush the filters – use pond water and clean alternative biological bays at weekly intervals.
  • Reinstate any reduced air supplies.
  • Replace the UV clarifier tube so its at peak performance when during the summer.
  • Test the water – this is most important when the feeding protocol changes (ie resumed/ increased feeding rate or food type).
  • Remember that it will take time for the biological filter to build-up again.

Your Koi

Sit by the pond, have a cup of tea or coffee and just watch the Koi for a while – they will tell you if there is a problem.

  • Look for any surface blemishes, marks or changes in behavior.
  • If there are any changes, bowl-up and carefully inspect the Koi – invert and look at the underside of the body and the gills.
  • Do not treat the pond as a matter of course.
  • If you think you may have a parasite problem, check with a microscope and mucous scrape first. If it’s confirmed, select the best medication to treat the problem, bearing in mind water temperatures.
  • Keep an eye on the water temperature and feed accordingly. If temperatures look like dropping again, slow the feeding rate.

If you need any advice or have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

The Healthy Koi Team.

Cold Weather Problems

During the past few weeks, the enquiries we are getting have changed from the usual warm weather bacterial/ parasitic/ water borne problems to low temperature related difficulties.
Cold Weather Problems
This week, we have encountered a Koi on its side in an above ground vat at Southampton (water temp 2.2deg.C.), visited Milton Keynes with a similar Koi on its side in a shallow pond (water temp measured at 1.0 deg.C) and as we write this article, we are dealing with a 24” ‘sided Koi’ in Cheshire – again almost sub-zero pond water temperatures.

Despite what you may have read, once the water temperature gets below 2- 3 deg.C., your Koi are at risk. At this temperature, all the life giving functions have slowed right down and survival is a challenge to any Koi who is not in a good healthy condition. One major problem which often occurs is chilling of the swim bladder which impairs the buoyancy of the Koi. The only way to correct this is to warm up the pond water slowly, if possible or alternatively, transfer the affected fish to a warmer environment (i.e. quarantine tank). If the Koi is left on its side, it will deteriorate and often, fungus takes hold.

Should you start to have problems:

In an emergency

1. If fish are on their side, undertake a 25% water change. Your tap water will be in the region of 8- 9 deg.C. at the present time. Remember to use a purifier or de-chlorinator.

Precautions you can take include:

  • Put in a small heater (if the energy costs are affordable!).
  • Bypass any waterfall to avoid further cooling and turn off any fountain (provided they are not the only sources of air)
  • Turn down the air but make sure you leave a reasonable amount in your pond. There is still an oxygen demand in the winter by your Koi, filters and system.
  • Cover the pond to reduce heat losses but make sure that you leave an air gap of at least 4” and ventilate under the cover.
  • Should the surface freeze, melt a hole in the ice. Do not smash a hole through the surface.

If you are not sure what to do, give us a call and ask for advice. We are only a ‘telephone call’ away. If you do not have an accurate digital thermometer, we have many inexpensive ones here that we can send you one.

Good luck with the winter.

Rod & Gerry Isted

Healthy Koi Gift Vouchers

Healthy Koi Gift VoucherHealthy Koi have just introduced Gift Vouchers in a range of values for the purchase of their services or products. For those of you who are looking for that special present, the Gift Vouchers are available in £5, £10, £20 and £50 units and can be used for the purchase of items from Healthy Koi up to the value of the vouchers. Alternatively, they can be put towards items which cost more.

The vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and can be used for any of our services or goods in our shop. The vouchers can also be used on our internet site via contacting us but postage costs need to be taken into account for some items.

Healthy Koi Gift Voucher
The Gift Vouchers are ideal for:

  • Christmas presents
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • A ‘thank you’ to a friend

With Christmas arriving shortly, now is the time to surprise that special person with a Koi related gift. Should you need any help or you require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Healthy Koi Team

Product Specials

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce a their product special for items linked below. Product numbers are limited and will only be available until stock runs out.

Koi Club Autumn Health Seminars –2009

Healthy Koi are pleased to have been invited to give a health related talk to the Suffolk and North Essex Koi Club.

The talk will take place at the Stanway Rovers Football Stadium in New Park Road, Stanway near Colchester (CO3 5PG) at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th November, 2009. The talk will be a continuation of the seminar given about two years ago and will cover “Recent advances in fish disease detection”. The talk will be on an informal basis and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions during the evening.

A small trade table will be set-up at the venues for the seminar. This will display some the range of our products. You will be able to see the new Hanna 83203 (Hi- 83203-02) multi-parameter photometer for water testing which has superseded the former C203 instrument. There will also be a range of medications, disinfectants, air pumps, water purifiers and many other useful products. If there is anything you specifically require, please let Healthy Koi know in advance on 01243 698284 or 01243 572762 and they can bring it along to the meeting.

Should any non-club members wish to attend, please do not hesitate to contact Colin Bond on 07787 563380 as new/ prospective members are always welcome by all.

The Healthy Koi Team

Clarity Protein Skimmer

Healthy Koi have just increased their range of pond protein skimmers. We can now offer the superior Clarity protein Skimmer which can help to create optimum water quality conditions in your pound.

The Clarity Skimmers works on removing Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates and Phosphates – it also removes the dissolved organic compounds through foam fraction leaving the water sparkling clear. Within this process your pond water is also aerated. The beauty of the Clarity protein skimmer is that by removing phosphates and nitrates, it minimizes blanket weed blooms that all koi keepers experience and dread.

Clarity Protein SkimmerThe Clarity protein Skimmer is the preferred choice for removing the organic waste from water. High levels of DOC are undesirable in the water because it leads to less oxygen, more bacteria, algae and parasites. It also results in a build up of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, which has damaging effects on Koi.Many protein skimmers struggle to work effectively in freshwater. Salt water has a greater density which allows finer air bubbles to be created, The smaller the air bubbles, the larger surface area over a given volume of pondwater. This allows the Protein Skimmer or Foam Fractionator to be more effective in removing DOC.

The Clarity protein skimmer is based on an entirely different approach to form bubbles, and therefore does not have the limitations in fresh water associated with traditional protein skimmers. It’s a protein skimmer that works in fresh water and does not pressurize the water.

With glowing recommendations from many leading Koi keepers worldwide, this skimmer is a worthwhile addition to your pond. Visit our product page for further information.

Koi Club Autumn Health Seminars

Healthy Koi are pleased to have been invited to give health related talks to three Koi clubs this autumn. We undertake these events in both the spring and autumn to help improve the health and welfare knowledge of the Koi hobbyist. They are enjoyed by all who attend.

The seminars which we have been invited to give are:

Sunday 20th September: South Essex Koi Club

“General talk on all aspects of Koi Health and recent changes”

Start: 3.00pm, Venue – St Mary’s Church Hall, 376 High Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5LH Contact: Mick Dodge – 01268 473327

Wednesday 7th. October: Kennet Valley Koi Club

“Advances in Disease diagnosis”

Start: 8.00pm, Venue – Victory Hall, Beenham, RG7 5NS Contact: Secretary – Mrs Annette Adaway – Email koiette@hotmail.com

Wednesday 14th October: South Hants Koi Club

“Our own Koi Club – topic to be determined’

“Our own Koi Club – topic to be determined’ Start: 8.00pm, venue: Venue: All Saints’ Church Hambledon Road Denmead Waterlooville Hampshire PO7 6NN Contact: Membership secretary – Anne Bailey – 07751689887

The ‘general’ seminar will cover all aspects of Koi Health including disease diagnostics and recent developments in testing technology. The specific ‘’Advances’ talk will go into the changes in greater depth.

A small trade table will be set-up at the venues for the seminars. This will display some the range of our products. You will be able to see the new Hanna 83203 multi-parameter photometer for water testing as well as a rage of medications. If there is anything in particular you wish to see, please let Healthy Koi know in advance on 01243 698284 or 01243 572762 and they can bring it along to the meeting.

Should any non-club members wish to attend, please do not hesitate to contact the representatives shown above as new/ prospective members are always welcome by all.

South East Koi Show – 30th & 31st August 2009

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the South East Koi Show this year. Reputed to be one of the UK’s top Koi shows, the South East International Show will be held at Parkwood Hall School School, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent. BR8 8DR on Sunday & Monday, the 30th & 31st August, 2009.

The Show, which opens to the public from 0930am until 5pm, will host an exciting range of Koi trade stands and well as an arena full of stunning Koi.

In addition to our usual range of items, we will this year be having an extended display of Hanna electronic water testing equipment and accessories. You will have the opportunity to look at the new Hanna 83203 multimeter with improved accuracy. In addition to the single and multi-parameter testing equipment & reagents, we will be displaying a range of hand held Hanna dip meters which are both inexpensive and easy to use. To make testing even easier, take time to talk to us about the provision of a ‘Continuous Reading’ meter.

South East Koi Show

During the Show, our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance on the stand to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters, testing, care, welfare and Koi diseases. Our stand, which will be located in the West Marquee, will include a full range of Koi health products including a new range of top value second hand serviced microscopes, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items.

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 698284 or 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

Healthy Koi Team

Lincs Fish Health – Clear Eye Instructions

There are several eye infections caused by bacteria and fungi that can turn the cornea opaque. In addition the eye can be traumatised by pond conditions and injuries. Such infections are often referred to as cloudy eye as though it was one single disease which is not the case.

Clear Eye Lotion can help with some infections. In mild cases a drop of Clear Eye Lotion can be dripped onto the eye directly but in severe cases a cotton wool ball or cotton bud soaked in the lotion should be gently used to bathe the cornea. This can be repeated as often as the fish tolerates handling but at least twice per week. Use a clean cotton wool ball or pad for each eye and treat both eyes at the first treatment even if only one appears affected.

In addition, When working close to the eye, we usually coat the eye with ‘clear eye’ to protect it from any adjacent stray coatings.

Improved Range of Food

Healthy Koi has increased their range of Koi food to include the Dia Suki Goi brand.

Introduced to complement the range of foods which we offer, Dia Suki is an affordable well balanced quality diet which the Koi find very palatable. The food is available in ‘All Seasons’ (wheatgerm), a ‘Staple’ diet and the high growth Dia Suki ‘Gold’ for use in the summer when our pond water is above 18 deg.C. Pellet sizes available are 4mm, 6mm & 11mm depending upon the container size and the type of food selected. The food will be available in 1Kg, 2Kg, 5kg & 10Kg buckets and the cost saving 20Kg sacks.

Dia Suki Gold

Should you require any more information about the food, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Healthy Koi Team
August 2009

New Products for Healthy Koi

Healthy Koi have just increased their range of pond water testing instrumentation available. It will help to make life easier for both the professional and hobbyist fishkeepers to keep their water quality excellent and their fish disease free.

KHV OutbreakContinuous monitoring, wall mountable meters have now been added to the already impressive range of water testing instruments, which include the popular Hanna C203-2008 multi parameter meter and other hand held meters and dip testers. These new meters allow continuous monitoring of a lake, pond, tank or aquarium and provide the information you require in just a glance. A diverse range of models are offered to suite all budgets, including simplified models for testing a single parameter, up to more professional equipment that allows accurate testing of multiple parameters and displays them simultaneously.

Made by Hanna Instruments Ltd, the continuous monitoring instruments starts with the basic wall mounted pH meter at £70.00 up to the Hanna Combo HI 991405 series Conductivity/ TDS/pH/ Temp meter at £172.50.

The wall mountable Hanna meters are designed for continuous, high accuracy measurements. These microprocessor indicators continuously monitor some of most the important parameters in your pond. The indicators feature a large, dual-level, backlit LCD to give you instantaneous readings of the parameters selected including pH, EC or TDS and temperature, even from a distance.

A range of spare probes are available if required together with many other water measuring instruments. If you cannot see the particular meter on the web site that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to ask.

Healthy Koi Team

Free Shipping

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that we are now offering free shipping on orders of £75.00 and over to mainland UK.

For more details on our shipping policy – please click here.

* Please note some large or heavy items are excluded from this offer, as they incur a surcharge (pipes, filters and tanks etc.) *

KHV Outbreak

Unfortunately, with the warmer weather which we have had this year, we have already been involved in the South with four KHV outbreaks. There may also be more in our region which have been undiagnosed. Unfortunately, this outbreak seems highly virulent and has resulted in high mortality rates in the infected ponds. We are therefore advising Koi Keepers to take precautions to minimise the risks of introducing KHV to their ponds.

KHV OutbreakThe clinical signs of KHV can vary from year to year, but the most common symptoms this time are necrotic gills, heavy mucus on the body, intermittent periods of lethargic & erratic behaviour and a high rate of mortality. KHV usually occurs between 18°C to 27°C and only carp are affected.

Should you experience any of these symptoms, don’t panic as there can be other ailments which result in these symptoms. If you have a problem, it is possible to test for KHV, using the PCR (polymer chain reaction). If you need advice, give us a call and we can talk you through the events you’ve experienced.

Given that the weather has only recently got warmer, the likelihood is that the outbreaks of KHV will continue. We urge everybody to apply the highest possible biosecurity precautions when purchasing new Koi or dealing with your existing stocks.

New Koi should be triple heat cycled in quarantine before being offered for sale. In our opinion this procedure, along with separate independent quarantine systems, thorough cleansing of hands and shoes between systems and separate equipment for each quarantine system is essential for any Koi dealer or supplier to have in order to be ‘biosecure’. These procedures are already in use by many reputable Koi dealers and therefore it is still possible to buy healthy Koi. If you are concerned about buying new Koi and introducing them to your pond, we recommend that you speak to your Koi dealer first.

If you require any assistance or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To read more on KHV please click Here

New Premises for Healthy Koi

Healthy Koi have just opened their new premises near Emsworth, Hants.

Here, customers are welcome to come and visit us. Take time for a chat, a coffee and browse through our diverse range of products and equipment. In addition, to our range of Hanna water testing instruments and single & binocular microscopes we carry a full range of Kusuri & LFH medications and topical treatments. You will also be able to choose from a large selection of foods from Saki Hikari, Hikari, Tetra, Kusuri, Medicarp, Nobori and Yamatonishki. Other items kept in stock include pumps, UV’s, skimmers, sieve, filters, pressure pipe & fittings, valves and much more.

New Premises for Healthy Koi

The premises are located at Unit 11c in the Wren Centre, Westbourne Road, Westbourne, Nr. Emsworth, Hants, PO10 7SU. If you wish to visit us, please give us a ring first in case we are all out working ‘pondside’, which can occur occasionally.

All our landline and mobile telephone contact numbers will remain the same.

Healthy Koi Team

New ’Healthy Koi’ Web Site

Healthy Koi has just launched its new website.

The former website has been replaced and expanded to give you more information to assist you with looking after your Koi and what to do when problems occur. The site outlines Koi disease diagnostics, common parasite identification, Koi treatments, maintenance plans and KHV. It also gives a brief description of the work we undertake and gives examples of our core services.

In addition, the products side of the business has been upgraded with the provision of e-commerce facilities. This allows us to use an automated shopping cart and will speed up the placement and confirmation of orders, and the receipt of goods. For those of you who prefer the traditional approach, we will still be taking orders by telephone. Alternatively, customers will be welcome to visit us at are new premises, near Emsworth, Hants, for a chat, coffee and a browse through our diverse range of products. However, please phone first in case we are all out on pond-side visits.

Healthy Koi Team

South Hants Koi Show @ Havant Leisure Centre- 24th & 25th May

South Hants Koi Show - 24/25th May

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the South Hants Koi Show this year. Reputed to be one of the UK’s top regional Koi shows, the South Hants 18th Open Koi Show will be held again at the Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant on Sunday 24th May and Monday 25th May, 2009. The Show, which opens to the public from 10am until 4pm, will host an exciting range of Koi trade stands and craft stalls and will include bonsai & aquarium displays. The ‘Harry Potter’ Owl will be there and you will have the opportunity to be photographed with this stunning creature sitting on your shoulder.

In addition to our water quality management and bio- security roles, we will again be having our trade stand and our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters, care, welfare and Koi diseases. Our stand will include a full range of Koi health products including a new range of top value secondhand serviced microscopes, water test meters and reagents, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items, at special show prices. You will have the opportunity to look at the new Hanna 2008 C203 multimeter with improved accuracy.

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

Koi Club Spring Health Seminars

Healthy Koi are pleased to have been invited to give health related talks to three Koi clubs this spring. We undertake these events in the spring and autumn to help improve the health and welfare knowledge of the Koi hobbyist. They are enjoyed by all who attend.

The seminars which we have been invited to give are:

Thursday 26th February: Tendring Koi Club

General talk on all aspects of Koi Health and recent changes
Start: 7.30pm, venue: The secretary will confirm
Contact: Dave Smith tel. 01255 674278

Friday 27th February: S.E.K.C.

Advances in Disease diagnosis

Start: 7.30pm, Venue – Titchfield Parish Room, High Street, Titchfield, Hants.
Contact: Secretary – Mrs Pat Genovese – Email pgenovese62@uwclub.net

Sunday 15th March: South Essex Koi Club

General talk on all aspects of Koi Health and recent changes
Start: 3.00pm, Venue – St Mary’s Church Hall, 376 High Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 5LH
Contact: Mick Dodge – 01268 473327

The two ‘general’ seminar will cover all aspects of Koi Health including disease diagnostics and recent developments in testing technology. The specific ‘’Advances’ talk will go into the changes in greater depth. A small trade table will be set-up at the venues for the first & third seminars. This will display some the range of products including the new Hanna 2008 C203 multi-parameter water testing instrument. If there is anything in particular you wish to see, please let HKL know in advance on 01243 572762 and they can bring it along to the meeting.

Should any non-club members wish to attend, please do not hesitate to contact the representatives shown above as new/ prospective members are always welcome by all.

Cold Weather Problems

During the past few weeks, the enquiries we are getting have changed from the usual warm weather bacterial/ parasitic/ water borne problems to low temperature related difficulties.

Cold Weather ProblemsThis week, we have encountered a Koi on its side in an above ground vat at Southampton (water temp 2.2deg.C.), visited Milton Keynes with a similar Koi on its side in a shallow pond (water temp measured at 1.0 deg.C) and as we write this article, we are dealing with a 24” ‘sided Koi’ in Cheshire – again almost sub-zero pond water temperatures.

Despite what you may have read, once the water temperature gets below 2- 3 deg.C., your Koi are at risk. At this temperature, all the life giving functions have slowed right down and survival is a challenge to any Koi who is not in a good healthy condition. One major problem which often occurs is chilling of the swim bladder which impairs the buoyancy of the Koi. The only way to correct this is to warm up the pond water slowly, if possible or alternatively, transfer the affected fish to a warmer environment (i.e. quarantine tank). If the Koi is left on its side, it will deteriorate and often, fungus takes hold.

Should you start to have problems:

In an emergency

1. If fish are on their side, undertake a 25% water change. Your tap water will be in the region of 8- 9 deg.C. at the present time. Remember to use a purifier or de-chlorinator.

Precautions you can take include:

  • Put in a small heater (if the energy costs are affordable!).
  • Bypass any waterfall to avoid further cooling and turn off any fountain (provided they are not the only sources of air)
  • Turn down the air but make sure you leave a reasonable amount in your pond. There is still an oxygen demand in the winter by your Koi, filters and system.
  • Cover the pond to reduce heat losses but make sure that you leave an air gap of at least 4” and ventilate under the cover.
  • Should the surface freeze, melt a hole in the ice. Do not smash a hole through the surface.

If you are not sure what to do, give us a call and ask for advice. We are only a ‘telephone call’ away. If you do not have an accurate digital thermometer, we have many inexpensive ones here that we can send you one.

Good luck with the winter.

Rod & Gerry Isted

South Hants Koi Club Health Seminar, Chidham Village Hall, Chidham, Nr. Chichester, W. Sussex on Sunday 2nd November, 2008 @ 2.15pm

“Koi Health and Welfare is not a ‘clip-on’ to your hobby of Koi Keeping, something you start to think about when your first fish seems to be behaving strangely. By then, its far too late”.

South Hants Koi Club Health Seminar“Koi Health & Welfare must start from the time you first think about your new pond. It must be an integral part of your planning, design, filtration, materials, construction, water & air supplies, the stocking, the environmental conditions, quarantine facilities and your planned maintenance regime. Get all this right (which none of us rarely manage), then you will have reached the goal that all of us Koi Keepers strive to achieve and you should have a relatively ‘trouble-free’ experience.”

Rod, Gerry & Dave from ‘Healthy Koi’ will be undertaking the usual Autumn Health Seminar at their local Koi Club – the South Hants Koi Club. At the Seminar, they will look at aspects such as how to tell if your Koi is unwell, the water supply, testing, the ‘medicine chest’ & medication, stages of anesthesia, topical treatment, bowling up & lifting, feeding, water quality problems, diagnostics & parasite identification/ microscopy. They will also talk about the latest detection advances and some of the most common problems we have encountered throughout the UK this year.

Following the discussion, there will be hands-on practical work where you can take mucus scrapes (under guidance) and use the microscope for parasitic identification. They also want you to have a go at anesthising a Koi and topical treat any wounds requiring attention, under of course, strict supervision. In all cases, the welfare of the Koi will be paramount. The amount of practical work will depend on the number of unwell Koi available on the day.

Although this talk was previously aimed at South Hants Club members who are new to Koi Keeping, the scope has been widened which should be interesting to all those who are more experienced.

The South Hants Koi Club always welcomes prospective new members to their events. Should any non-members wish to attend, please could you phone us on 01243 572762 in advance as numbers are strictly limited and the South Hants members will have priority. There will be a charge of £10.00 per person to help cover the costs of the venue and refreshments.

Rod & Gerry Isted

Product Update – Kusuri Klear & PreCondioner filter start

Kusuri Klear

Kusuri Klear

Kusuri Klear

Healthy Koi are now selling the New Kusuri Klear & PreCondioner filter start.

Kusuri Klear contains beneficial nitrifying bacteria essential for filters, plus denitrifying bacteria to cope with any nasty ammonia.

Kusuri Klear, as its name implies, will increase water clarity and reduces protein discoloration and foam in ponds. Kusuri Klear is a highly concentrated liquid culture and weekly use is thoroughly recommended as a filter pro-biotic that reduces Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates and soluble Phosphates.

Phosphates as well as Nitrates are the major nutrients needed for blanket weed growth, using Kusuri Klear will reduce these nutrients, suppressing blanket weed growth.

Kusuri Klear
£9.25
Kusuri PreConditioner (use with Kusuri Klear)

Kusuri PreConditioner (use with Kusuri Klear)

Kusuri PreConditioner

Used in conjunction with Kusuri Klear. Will pre-activate Kusuri Klear, in a heated container, with 1 litre of Kusuri Klear.

See Bio-Reactor kit.

1 litre of Kusuri Klear and 500ml of Preconditioner with 10 litres of pond water at 30 C for 2 to 7 days.

Kusuri PreConditioner – 500ml
£15.50

Should you require any further details or would like to order Eco Active please call on 01243 572762.

Product Update – Eco Active – Chemical Free ‘WATER TREATMENT’

Kusuri Eco Active

Kusuri Eco Active

Healthy Koi are now selling the New Eco Active Chemical Free ‘WATER TREATMENT’ made by Kusuri. Kusuri have come up with an ecological alternative to chemical medications. Chemical treatments can cause more harm than good to your filter biomass, but they are steeped in Koi keeping legend and tradition.Eco Active is based on natural herb extracts. It is a Non-toxic, chemical free treatment for reduction of pathogenic bacteria in a pond.

Eco Active stands for Ecologically-friendly Active ingredients.

This plant and herb product has been researched and developed over the past three years, enabling Kusuri to release into the market a cost-effective alternative to harsh chemical treatments. This is a water treatment and not a medicinal product. This product must not be confused with Sabbactisun or Parazoryne previously sold by Kusuri; this is a brand new formulation, allowing us to pass on substantial savings to our customers.

Many trials with independent Koi keepers have resulted in a unique formulation that will improve the aquatic environment. This water treatment will aid the recovery of fish suffering from Ulcers, Dropsy, Fin Rot and parasite infestation.

For best results use between 18°C and 22°C either in a quarantine system or pond. 5 Litres will treat 2000 gallons over a ten day period, one application per day. If there is a large amount of organic matter/blanket weed in the pond, this will reduce the effectiveness of Eco Active.

Store at room temperature preferably in the dark, do not freeze. Shake well prior to each application. Dilute each dose prior to application and add slowly to the system over a thirty minute period.

At the moment 5 Litres can be used as a ten day application for a 2000 gallon pond. If the demand is there, Kusuri will bring out a more concentrated version which could be used in a 5000 gallon pond over a ten day period.

 

Kusuri Eco Active 5 litres
£53.95
Kusuri Eco Active 25 litres
£218.95

Should you require any further details or would like to order Eco Active please call on 01243 572762.

Festival Of Fishkeeping – Hayling Island Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th October, 2008

Healthy Koi are pleased to announce that they will again be attending the FBAS Festival of Fishkeeping this year. Said by many to be one of the UK’s top aquatic shows displaying coldwater and tropical fish from all over the world, it is the Federation of Aquatic Societies showpiece for the year. In addition to extensive coldwater and tropical fish displays, there will be a Koi festival taking place and attended by the South East, Middlesex & Surrey Borders, Worthing & District and the South Hants Koi Clubs. The Show will be open to the public from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th October, 2008. The event will be held at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island, Hampshire and the route will be signposted from the A27 Havant junction southwards.

Festival Of Fishkeeping

In addition to our water quality management and bio- security roles, we will again be having our trade stand and our enthusiastic and friendly staff will be in attendance to help you with any queries that you may have on Koi health matters and Koi diseases. Our stand will include a full range of Koi health products including microscopes, water test meters, medications, topical treatments, swabs and many other interesting items, all at special show prices.

In addition to our usual products, you will be able to look at some of our range of equipment including the New 2008 Hanna Water Testing C203 Meter and our power supply and temperature monitoring system.

Should there be any specific items you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a phone call on 01243 572762 in advance and we will ensure that these will be available for you to look at on show day.

Monthly Koi Magazine

Koi Magazine

Koi Magazine

Healthy Koi are now selling the Monthly Koi Magazine. This month edition includes…

Diary date
An essential guide to keeping your Koi and pond healthy – whatever the season.

Koi critique
Discover what makes this month’s Koi cover star a judge’s dream.

Tough guys
Find out if you Koi have more muscle and mettle than you thought.

Buying Koi by age
We help you decide whether to buy tosai, nisai or sansai.

Choosing energy efficient pumps
Discover how to manage the cost of your pond pump in this practical guide.

Plus, all the regular news, Q&A, how-to’s, real-life readers’ ponds, club news, not to mention loads of great competitions.