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Selling Fish Online Interview

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with a good group of guys who are promoting the hobby.  They are new at podcasting, but I see some real podcasting talent in this group. I think it's worth subscribing to their podcast and following their work. The topic in this one was Online Selling. I gave some of my experiences and insights to what worked for me, how to get started and what to expect. Though I actually recommend that most keep it as a hobby, for those few "possessed" individuals, you might find this a bit helpful, or hopefully at least a little interesting.  Thanks Robby, Jim and Adam!  Listen to interview here

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Recommended Food to Put Some Color On Your Koi

We are frequently asked about what we feed our koi to put color on them. It's a complex answer and involves far more than just food, but food is an important item. First, the mechanism by which koi become orange is not what most think. Angelfish do not produce any pigment in the color range of yellow-orange-red.  They derive these pigments from their foods. Foods that have carotenoids in them are what they need to get any of this color range. Fortunately, most foods have some of these pigments in them, including live foods, frozen foods and manufactured fish foods. So, you ask, "How does genetics play a role in this if it's the food". This is a bit more simple....

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Creation of Black Splash Angelfish

This was one of those projects where I didn't have my heart fully in to it. I must have started it about 10 years ago. It should be further along than it is, but at least it's back for now. It started with the desire to get a very dark fish with some orange on it. Streaked Blacks were a fish that I thought would work for this. The streaked gene causes lighter areas to appear on black angelfish. The older they get, the greater the lighter areas grow. I guessed that crossing with a koi would give me a black that had orange showing through. I've known for quite some time that the skin layer that stores carotenoid pigments is...

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Our New Website

We were in need of an update with a better, more reliable shopping cart, customer accounts, saved invoices, etc, so we spent the time and money to improve. A couple negatives came with the new design. One, this blog is not as polished as the wordpress blog we had before. It is also near impossible to easily transfer the comments to this one, so we probably won't even try. Another issue is that we had to use new page links, so many old links on the web will end up with "404 page not found". You can still use the menus to navigate to the right page. It will take some time to get all the redirects in place, so...

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