|Back - Dale Rohrer, Gary GeRue, Bob Johnson. Front - Donna Mason, Leo Marsh, Joan King, Don King
As a koi hobbyist and having the
opportunity to be around other koi hobbyist, many discussions of various topics relating to the hobby are talked about. In the course of these conversations we usually talk about the reactive action of
situations that we have experienced with our pond construction, water quality, koi health and etc. Which brings myself to
writing this short article about being “proactive” verses “reactive”. As Dr. Eric Johnson, DVM, mentioned
during his talk at the recent PNKCA Convention, “KHV is out there, there isn’t a state that has koi in
it that it isn’t present.” With that said, that is one of the foremost things in the koi hobbyists mind today,
the safety of my koi.
| In Front - Bob Johnson, Leo Marsh, Jerry Karo. In Back - Dale Rohrer, Gary GeRue, Donna Mason, Don
However, instead of sitting
and waiting for some cure to magically drop into our hands, there are preventive steps that can be taken by the hobbyist and
clubs. With the Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club 25th Annual Koi & Goldfish show approaching, July 30th
& 31st, a group of “Proactive Koi Hobbyist” and the club board members decided to take steps to
address and improve the safety of our wet scaly friends. Last weekend this group rallied around a club member’s home
and started construction.
|Bob Johnson, Dale Rohrer, Donna Mason, Gary GeRue
Have you ever heard of a
show tank with water wings? Well, they aren’t really water wings. They are referred to as “splash guards”.
Now this idea isn’t a new concept. Splash guards were used at the Japan Koi Show, and the picture insert here, is what
was used at one of the California Koi Shows, compliments of Spike Cover and Burt Ballou.So with some purchased and donated materials, Bob Johnson, Leo Marsh,
Jerry Karo, Dale Rohrer, Gary GeRue, Donna Mason, Joan King and last but certainly not least, Don King gathered around the
pvc pipe, a roll of rip-stop plastic sheeting (donated by Pete Miller), and begin creating splash guards to insert between
the show tanks at the upcoming koi show. The splashguard is another preventive step to provide safety for our koi while attending
a show and providing the koi owners with some additional insurance that measures are being taken to provide a safe environment
for our wet scaly pets.
In the meantime, I have had the opportunity
to discuss the splashguard concept with a couple other koi clubs in the Northwest, and their Show chairs and boards have approved
going ahead with the concept. So, as you make your way around to the various Koi Shows here in the Northwest (go to the Calendar
of Events page for dates & locations), you will see different approaches taken to safeguard from possible cross contamination
between show tanks. This is being proactive from my standpoint instead of being in a reactive mode. I just wanted to share this information with you because I thought it was neat that we have so many consciences
koi hobbyist and friends out there that share the same love and addiction to koi.