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Some additional attractions for visitors to the show

 

Progamme of events in the lecture tent

Morphman questions02Saturday 25th
10.00 - 12.00: Ask The Panel

Mark Davis
Mark Gardner
Syd Mitchell
Nicholas Stinton

A two hour session where a panel whose knowledge in their particular field is well recognised will answer any questions you may have about koi keeping including breeding, health, photography, water testing, filtration equipment, pond design and so much more. The extended session will allow those on the panel to expand their answers and talk about areas of the hobby that are related to those questions.

13.00 - 14.00: Mike Snaden
Mike and a team of Japanese breeders will talk about koi breeding and answer any questions related to koi appreciation.

Sunday 26th
10.00 - 12.00: Ask The Panel
Mark Davis
Mark Gardner
Syd Mitchell
Nicholas Stinton
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A two hour session where a panel whose knowledge in their particular field is well recognised will answer any questions you may have about koi keeping including breeding, health, photography, water testing, filtration equipment, pond design and so much more. The extended session will allow those on the panel to expand their answers and talk about areas of the hobby that are related to those questions.

Biographies of those taking part:
Mark Davis
Mark studied fish farming, water chemistry, geology, fish health, and disease diagnosis at Sparsholt College from 1983 to 1985.  During that time he also worked on several fish farms in the UK and on carp farms in France and Hungary.  After graduating from Sparsholt Mark secured a letter of introduction to Mr Kamihata of Kamihata Fish Industries who agreed to let him spend six months working on his koi farm in Yamazaki. When Mark set up Cuttlebrook Koi Farm it had ponds but no electricity, mains water or sewage facilities. By dogged persistence and support from his wife, Lisa, he has turned it into the successful Koi farm that it is today.

Syd Mitchell
Over thirty years designing and installing water quality and filtration control equipment for the leisure industry followed by studying Koi physiology and health since 2006 has given Syd a lot to talk about.  He has written over 100 magazine articles mainly about water quality, filtration equipment and pond design and how they impact on the Koi environment and Koi health. Hanna Instruments asked him to write their Koi keeping manual for them.  The Kent Science Institute asked him to set up Koi teaching seminars leading to him being recruited by the on-line teaching organisation Koi Organisation International to teach courses in Water Quality and Advanced Filtration.

Nicholas Stinton
Nick is a Senior Fish Health Inspector with the Fish Health Inspectorate which is the official service for the control of serious diseases in aquatic animals in England and Wales.  They act on behalf of Defra and the Welsh Government and are based at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture science (Cefas). The FHI is responsible for preventing the introduction and spread of serious diseases in fish, shellfish and crustacea. Nick leads on ornamental fish and monitoring of imports and has dealt with Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) on many occasions in a wide range of situations. Nick was also part of a European group of officials who reviewed the criteria to be used by European Authorities in determining potential monitoring and control measures of KHV.

Mike Snaden
Yume Nishikigoi is run by Mike and Elisa Snaden. We are agents for all Momotaro Koi Farm products. We started in this hobby in 1993 and soon became addicted. In 1997, we tried just one Koi Show and took four Koi to the South Hants Show where we won Grand Champion.  In January 2000, having been taught about understanding tategoi by a Japanese ZNA judge, we started Yume Koi with one aim.... to try to sell the kind of Koi that the Asian market demanded.  Several breeders including Momotaro, Takigawa, and Takeda expressed their concerns that Yume Koi would fail unless we sold cheaper Koi (with higher margins), but we persevered. The rest is history!

Sample analysis report individual 20002
Individual report on parameters including comments or advice

Sample analysis report general 20002
Six pages of itemised, comprehensive but simplified explanation of the parameters including a laminatable optimum parameter/remedial action guide

 

A new feature at this yearís National Show

This year Iím inviting visitors to bring a sample of their pond water which I will take away and analyse (free of charge) with professional equipment for the twelve key parameters that are particularly important to koi health and welfare in the home pond.

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Visitors can bring a sample and will receive a report on all water parameters that are testable and relevant to koi keeping along with any appropriate comments or advice on the water quality.

The report will be accompanied by a comprehensive, but simple to understand, six page explanation of the individual water parameters and their effects on koi health.


Also included is an optimum parameter and remedial action guide which may be laminated and kept by the pond for future reference.

For biosecurity reasons, water samples MUST NOT be brought into the showground itself but should be left in the box provided at the entrance gate.  I will collect samples on the Sunday evening after the show has closed and take them away for analysis then email my report.

If you wish to bring a sample please do the following:-

  • Samples should be in a 100 ml food-safe container (e.g. a well rinsed soft drinks bottle or glass jar).
  • Bottles should be filled to the top so as to prevent the parameters being altered by air in the bottle. 
  • Samples should be clearly labelled with the hobbyistís name and email address plus the pond temperature at the time the sample was taken.
  • Please make sure the email address is correct and clearly written (Iím not psychic, nor is the Internet).


Please donít:-

  • Donít bring samples in poorly labelled or leaking bottles.
  • A sample size of 100 ml is sufficient - more water than that is unnecessarily heavy and is difficult to refrigerate and store until it can be tested.  If you donít have a 100 ml bottle or container please use the next smallest size you have access to.
  • Please donít bring multiple samples (two or more ponds plus quarantine tanks and tap water) purely out of curiosity. Iím happy to do the analysis free of charge as my way to disseminate knowledge about good koi husbandry but reagents are expensive and the time taken to analyse and prepare reports is considerable so one sample per visitor (or couple) please.
  • If you do have a water related problem that you have been unable to identify and think that more than one sample should be analysed, please contact me first via this site and I will advise you what to bring.

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