“The Secrets of Koi Unravelled” by Jos Aben
Jos Aben’s book is a must for any serious koi enthusiast. This hardcover book is beautifully laid out, and filled with hundreds of high quality images. It candidly reveals the secrets to koi. The devil’s in the details as he reveals what no other breeder wants to tell you, such as how to see the potential and quality on a small koi and how to identify poor-quality koi.
Learn how to see skin quality by looking at the fins and understand how body confirmation can be an indicator of future development. He reveals details about proper head shape, fukurin and the depth and distribution of colors and layers of the koi’s skin. You’ll also understand why sumi can appear or disappear. Aben also shares secrets of how to grow your koi, including proper diet, feeding, temperature and breeding tips. His advice will equip you with the best chance of having beautiful koi.
“When I wrote the book, I had it in mind that it should not be like any other book about koi,” Aben says. “I wanted it to contain a lot of new and useful information. I also wanted the book to be easy to read on a level everyone can understand.”
In the book you will find detailed information on breeding and selection, skin quality, the shape, length and placement of the fins, hidden deformities, fukurin, genetic inheritance and the importance of shine and crystals on different parts of the koi. Importance of the length and shape of the head and gill plates, mud ponds and indoor keeping, how to see and foresee new upcoming or retrieving sumi and upcoming or retrieving motoguro. Pattern on a Koi and the importance of it, the power and importance of a good odome and the strong relation (connection) between yellow skin and upcoming sumi on all dark base koi. The difference in food quality and the importance of correct feeding. Explanation of the ingredients in koi food. How to recognize body shape and predict its development in a small koi and why some koi develop in a specific way and why others do not, plus much more. The difference in growing and eating behaviour from male and female koi including their body shape and Shiroji quality.
It is not a book about how beautiful a koi can be. Instead, it’s about how to see and recognize quality in all aspects of koi. Hopefully it will help you select and maintain the right koi for you.
“Hope you will have a lot of fun reading the book,” Aben says.