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    Why were all Koi shows at the back end of a year, when the temps were dropping and the day light hours shorter ?
    Livestock shows, a koi show is one example, are in the fall after the animals have had a summer to grow, fatten, and produce the best possible coat/skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCA View Post
    Livestock shows, a koi show is one example, are in the fall after the animals have had a summer to grow, fatten, and produce the best possible coat/skin.
    And here I always thought koi shows were held late in the year down here in the South 'cause it's just too freakin' HOT in July and August!

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgeorgia View Post
    And here I always thought koi shows were held late in the year down here in the South 'cause it's just too freakin' HOT in July and August!
    That is just luck for both animals and their owners that the days get cooler ask they get shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hewhoisatpeace View Post
    Also, randomizing feeding in the last month is far more effective than stopping, it will "turn off" fish growth, while still providing some building blocks for color improvement while keeping the fish's immune system fully active. 2 weeks of fasting can cut immune response by up to 50%, at a time when they need to have a fully functioning immune system.
    Never heard that. Got any other sources for this?

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    nothing wrong with being polite! But most importers add salts at different stages, not so sure why the fish need to have their immune system at a peak level ?
    Your fish will be kept separate your fish should have NO INFECTIONS
    The randomizing works if you are trying to reduce the overall weight of your KOI.
    Diets don't work once you cut the food intake, full stop!
    You loose weight by tricking the body into thinking they will get the normal food intake, but them giving it less !
    By reduction you do not target what type of weight is lost.
    Stoping will target Fats stored for winter /hard times, this does not effect muscle, just reserves .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCA View Post
    That is just luck for both animals and their owners that the days get cooler ask they get shorter.
    course around here livestock shows are in mid summer
    fairs are going strong starting now and through month of august.
    actually can about show year round just have to move to different parts of country
    think livestock shows around here are summer cause kids are off from school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pskorf View Post
    course around here livestock shows are in mid summer
    fairs are going strong starting now and through month of august.
    actually can about show year round just have to move to different parts of country
    think livestock shows around here are summer cause kids are off from school.
    Hi ALL.PSKORF, you have put the cart before the horse , so to speak ! In the U.K. kids are off school ( historically ) SO THAT THEY CAN HELP BRING IN THE HARVEST ! I assume that this was the same in the states ?
    Almostgeorgia, you are spot on re 'freaking hot ' it is the same in Japan, when shows started in Japan, they did not have all the kit we now have ,so having them at a time when less risk was involved made sense. A plus was that when Koi stop feeding and air temp drops Koi show best.
    They are less active , the colors deepen and water 'holds' more Oxygen .
    Mid summer shows are not good for Koi, but they seem to be the only way that they can make enough money to pay for the event.

    Autumn / Winter will always be the best time of year ( regardless of where in the world you may be ) winter being shortest day length .
    This becomes very blurred when you live in parts of the world were it is hot all year and Day lengths are similar all year.

    There are other threads re shows, these have some great advice , one of note was about placing your Kois across ( head to tail ) the width of your transport. DO NOT HAVE IT FACING EITHER FRONT OR BACK. This is to avoid the effects of sudden breaking on the koi.
    This is the only time I have seen this mentioned .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    Bumped up for Loco4koi
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