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Our Updated Library with Reviews

From the very start of our hobby it became rather obvious to us that fish health matters are of the upmost importance to us and our koi. We figured the best way to learn is to ask of those more qualified than ourselves, in this we were most lucky to have the Chairman of the BKKS Health Standards Committee as a member of our koi section. It also became obvious that we needed to self educate.

Not by trawling the Internet, because lets face it not all information on there is correct, but by buying books and reading about all the differing aspects of the hobby.

At the same time it became obvious to us that not all people bother to follow this lead, they just think of fish as a throwaway commodity (which they are not!), but these people persist.

So we decided to make up a list of books that we've had the pleasure of reading. We have added author's names, book titles and the all important ISBN numbers where possible. It should have stopped there at that list which allowed people to pick a book, nothing else...

However these reviews came about in the spirit of koi keeping world wide, when Spike Cover (of the ACKA health body) suggested it would be an good idea to do them with a possibility of adding them to the ACKA health forum’s listing of book reviews. It covers all the books in our collection to date.

Over the years Val and I have been canny enough to amass quite a library of Koi / Fish Health books and have written a list with reviews to help both the newcomer to the hobby along with the more experienced keeper.

Mini Encyclopaedia (Keeping Koi) ISBN 1842861069 .Keith Holmes, Tony Pitham, Nick Fletcher.

This is a great little book. Keith, Tony and Nick have produced a little gem with this book. It’s a great introduction for anyone coming into our hobby and a refreshing read for the more experienced amongst us. A good buy and reasonable priced.

Goldfish & Koi in your home ISBN 0866220410.Dr H R Axelrod, William Vorderwinkler.

Dr Axelrod and William in this book have created a comprehensive and complete book on the care feeding and treatment of Koi and goldfish, it's just stuffed full of great pictures and illustrations a must for the newcomer. Though its getting a little dated nowadays it's still worth a read if you can get It.

The art of Koi Keeping ISBN 0713721413. Peter Cole.

Peter in this book takes away from our hobby that what is mysterious to the newcomer , it is a fully comprehensive read that covers all the bases but keeps it simple, (our book has those ever present bit's of paper sticking out at pages we find interesting), it has helped us out with a problem more than once. A must for the new and experienced.

Koi a Complete Introduction ISBN 0866223991. Dr H R Axelrod.

Dr Axelrod again produced in this book a good little book for the novice but again the book is getting more than a little dated. Good for the beginners out there in Koi land.

Modern Nishikigoi ISBN 880241024 C2076 Takeo Kuroki.

Takeo in this book takes us on a journey through all those confusing names that each class of Koi have. This book has great photographs to explain just what you are looking at, he covers the basic Varieties and some of the more Unique Koi. Takeo’s book is a little confusing in places because if he doesn’t have a word for it in the Japanese to English translation then he just leaves it and carry's on regardless, but at the same time makes the book more endearing to the reader.

Manual of Nishikigoi (No Number) Takeo Kuroki.

Takeo Takes us on a journey through the world of Koi, with great pictures and comic illustrations throughout, again it is missing words in places but it is fully comprehensive in every other way. This was our first ever Koi book and is a must.

Fish and their behaviour ISBN 3923880197. Günter KH Zupac.

Though not about Koi Günter brings in this book a greater understanding of fish that is a must for Fish keepers in general, it's a stimulating book and is full of very useful tips and encourages us to get even more out of our hobby by helping us understand the language and behaviour our charges speak. A recommended read.

Live Jewel's General Survey of Fancy Carp (No Number) Masayuki Amano

I love this book but try to keep it in it's box as it's a little gem that needs protecting it is a crazy mix of both Japanese and English with fully illustrated pages throughout and a pull out chart of Koi. Given to me by a very good friend Doc Price of Plymouth Devon, a retired Tattoo Artist, who now makes Japanese swords. Note: there is another book out by this title but is written by western authors.

Koi For Home and Garden ISBN 087666745 X. Glenn Y. Takeshita.

Glenn Covers the History of our Hobby then takes us through everything from Pond design and construction, through to Care and Feeding, Breeding, all the different Varieties of Koi and ends in Diseases and treatments. The copy we have was Printed in 82 so it is now sadly outdated but if you can get a copy well worth a read. It is dedicated to the Koi enthusiasts of Hawaii.

An Interpet Guide to Koi ISBN 5012922000131. Barry James.

Barry has created a 120 page easy step by step beginners guide to our Hobby , it contains great colour Photographs and I would fully recommend it to the novice. Well worth the buy.

Koi Varieties (Japanese Collared Carp Nishikigoi) ISBN 0866228853. Dr H R Axelrod.

Again this book is fast becoming outdated and surpassed by the new Generation of Koi Author.

The Cult of Koi ISBN 086622085. Michigan Tamadachi.

This book I just love and is a must for everyone, it contains everything you need to know about Koi Keeping. You just have to buy this book.

The Practical Encyclopaedia of Koi ISBN 0861014057. N Brewster, N Chapple, J Cuvelier, M Davis, D Evans, K Phipps, Y Rees and P W Scott MSc BVSc MRCVS MIBiol.

This book has a great pedigree!!... just look at the list of Koi Consultants. Need I say more ? Yes buy this book, you'll never regret it.

Revised and Expanded Textbook of Fish Health ISBN 086624912 Dr George Post.

Dr Post has created a really technical book here, more for the student than the Koi keeper but if you can understand it, it gives you a great insight into subject of Fish health, parasites and diseases of fish. I found this book mentally taxing and had to put it away for another day, I'm not the student type.

The Ultimate Koi ISBN 1860541461. Nick Fletcher.

Nick surpassed himself with this book; he has gotten together a relative who's who of specialist consultants in the creating of this book. It is split into three parts, covering in part one anatomy and Physiology, Koi senses; Koi varieties and an amazingly in depth look at Tatigio. In part two we look into the Koi environment, pond construction and filtration, seasonal changes and great tips on how to run your pond. "Then the icing on the cake", In part three we look into the aspects of Koi care telling us about handling .feeding and breeding Koi. Buy this book its a must have.

Koi of the World (Japanese Colored Carp) ISBN 0876660928.Dr HR Axelrod.

By now you must think we have something against the good Dr!.. but we haven't because we feel as with all previous books it is sadly in need of being revised.

Hand Book of Fish Diseases (All Fish) ISBN 0866227032. Dieter Untergasser.

Dieter Untergasser has created in this book an in depth, yet easy to follow guide to fish diseases. It is full of great photographs with microscopic views of every nasty you can think of. it is a well thought out book". A must for any fish keeper.

The Professionals Book of Koi ISBN 0866225285. Anmarie Barrie.

Anmarie Barrie has put together a fascinating book which has great photographs. It covers all the aspects of both Koi care and maintenance; it does a great job of cutting through the often confusing list of Japanese names. It's a book I like to reference quite often. A great book for both the novice and experienced Koi keeper alike.

An Essential Guide to Choosing your Koi Colour Varieties (Pond Master) ISBN 184286064X Nick Fletcher.

Another one of Nicks gems, it is a great little book and very easy to understand. Strongly recommended for the beginner to buy.

Nishikigoi Fancy Koi (No Number) Takehiko Tamaki.

A Chief priest at a Shinto shrine and Nishikigoi breeder, who else is more qualified to write on the subject than Takehiko Tamaki. It is an early book but I would hazard a guess that this book over the years has done more than enough to bring the hobby to the west. It is extremely easy to follow for the novice to our hobby. If this book is still in print buy it.

The Manual of Fish Health ISBN 0861013869. Dr Chris Andrews Adrian Exell, Dr Neville Carrington.

This book is the one that did it for me!!!... At the end of my tether and about to give up keeping Goldfish, after a spate of deaths (prior to discovering Koi). Val bought it for my Birthday ", (it is the most dog eared book in our Library full of bits of paper marking pages of interest, it is a fish bible that even has connections through Adrian Exell to Plymouth, (he studied fisheries sciences at the Plymouth Polytechnic (now University), though not exclusive to Koi. I would strongly recommend it to any fish keeper its a must.

The Interpet Manual of fish health revised (formally Salamander) ISBN 1842860674, Authors as with the manual of Fish Health.

See the above!!... This is a newer updated Version of the same book But is Even Better”. Manual of Fish Health Salamander ISBN 0861013689 Dr Chris Andrews.

Understanding Koi (No Number) David E Hulse, Michael I George.

A small paperback book written with the novice in mind and is a general guide to our hobby, it is deliberately non technical. It covers all aspects of our hobby and is based around well established principals. A nice little book.

The Interpet Manual of Koi Health ISBN 1842860992. Keith Holmes, Tony Pitham.

Keith and Tony in writing this book have surpassed themselves!!!... It is a masterpiece, a book that will help people in the hobby for many a year to come. It is on a par with the Manual of fish health. Already it has little bits of paper marking out pages to of interest beautifully illustrated and easy to use. Strongly recommended.

The Koi Doctor ISBN 9080856630. Maarten Lammens. Veterinarian.

In writing this book the Author is taking the Koi keeper to the next level. It’s well illustrated easy to understand and pleasing to read. It is full of helpful tips, it gives us simple solutions when and where it can and in my book it ranks amongst the best, it even covers complex operations and just about covers everything you need to know. A great buy.

Step by Step Advanced Koi Diagnosis and Treatments Duncan Griffiths.

Duncan has written a masterpiece with his book, at the moment I am only halfway through this book, It is easy to understand as Duncan has masterfully presented the book in lay mans terms, reading it is like re learning everything you thought you knew!!!... but with that bit extra (I'll report more on this book at a later date ) but so far wow what more can I say. You really need to buy this book.

Koi Medicine ISBN 185278172 Lance Jepson MA VetMB CBiol MIBiol MRCVS.

Lance has done it!!!.... the cross over between the vet and the Koi keeper, yet I find this book a little confusing in its layout," Perhaps it's just me”. I’ll have to go back through this book to see if I can get it clearer in my mind. It is a comprehensive book that covers a large section of problems, yet strangely I can find no mention of KHV in this book. A must.

Koi ISBN 1093098424, S Hickling M Martin B Brewster N Fletcher.

Don't you just know when these names pop up your onto something special!!!.... this book reveals how our hobby has come of age over the last 20 years it has been put together by a team of Authors and koi experts who we've grown to trust over the years.

This Book covers everything you need to know about our hobby and more from the basics of water chemistry through koi appreciation , koi Anatomy on through koi health and much more, it basically puts the reader in the picture about our hobby, it is however understandable from the novices point of view but doesn't leave out the more advanced koi keepers, with stunning photos and computer graphics throughout that reveal to us just how filters work in a clarity never seen before. Buy.

Koi / The Essential Book of Koi ISBN 978184286173 and ISBN 978079380623

These two books are the continuation of Koi (Above) added to the team enter Keith Holmes and Tony Pitham what pedigree.

These books are very informative with a team that has many years experience of koi however this is spoiled when you realize that its in reality two books stuck together and sold under new titles they are copies of each other up to page 32 in the above book page 36 in these two.

These books are page for page carbon copies of each and for the first half of the above koi this sadly soils the books they cover every aspect of koi keeping including a fantastic section on Fish Health Koi appreciation which are fantastically informative but you cant help feeling that the Publishers have pulled not one not two but three fast ones.

Save yourself some money here folks buy the above book Koi and buy of these two books Koi is published by Interpet, The Essential Book of koi is Published by TFH so I'm afraid it's a case of which came first the chicken or the egg.

The Enigma of Koi ISBN 0952657619 Barry Goodwin (Signed By Author).*

Sadly Barry is no longer with us but he leaves behind a lovely legacy in the form of this book its a good book for the novice to buy yet it also appeals to all levels of koi keeper from novice to expert and is the only koi book with an extensive chapter on keeping koi indoors in an Aquarium it even has useful society contact at the rear of the book for those new to our hobby to take up bringing them in the fold. A must buy.

Koi Kichi ISBN 095263810X Hardback ISBN 0952638118 Deluxe. Peter Waddington (signed By Author).*

What more can be said about this book but simply stunning Peter covers every aspect of koi keeping the quality of the information and sheer detail he has put into this book makes this the best koi book I've had the pleasure of reading then reviewing , your on a winner when you buy this book., Peter has put his heart and soul into this book I would say it has a unique place in the history of our hobby you simply must buy this book and learn from the master. A true must buy.

Nishikigio, Still Waters ISBN 0953066703 Hardback ISBN )953066711 Limited Edition Nigel MW Craddock

I was lucky to pick up a deluxe version of this book for next to nothing on Amazon, please don't look at this book as simply a bunch of photos stuck in a book because this is much more, its a simply stunning result of Nigel's photography and is a totally unique collection of photo's put together by him over his 15 year love affair with our hobby our ponds and our koi do yourself a favour buy a copy of this book and view this unique book for the first time it will simply take your breath away. Must buy.

Aqua Log Special Fascinating koi-nishikigio ISBN 3931702413 Harald Bachmann.

This is an English translation of a German book it covers most aspects of our hobby and is full of care instructions by koi specialists , it also has one last hidden surprise open the book to the back and you will find a huge fold away wall poster of the differing classes of our koi with some simply beautiful colour photo's both in the book and on the poster.

How to keep koi an essential guide ISBN 9781903098073 David Twigg

For the novice upwards David creates a very informative but simple guide for aspiring novice koi keepers covering every aspect of koi keeping from koi, from the site of your pond, to building your own pond, which filtration to use etc.
Covering health as well as nutrition. It is full of stunning photographs and graphics and even covers the different varieties of koi there are, all in all a very informative book. Buy.

Koi Appreciation-the first step ISBN 1861264682 Kate McGill

Though this former BKKS Judge has left for the land down under she left us with this simply fascinating book on koi Appreciation for use of the novice koi keeper upwards Kate explains the first steps of koi appreciation she gives us basic information about koi classification, she explains the lists of koi within a variety, the somewhat confusing Japanese names the whole book is supported with over 250 photographs to support each variety and classification of koi .
which gives us general appreciation points to gives our koi individuality and charm. A must have book for those wishing to start showing koi.

Hobbyist Guide to Successful Koi Keeping ISBN 4679816582 Dr David Pool *

*This book is an Aquarium Digest International-Collectors Edition by Tetra .

This book is an exceedingly well researched book Dr Pool takes both the novice and the more experienced koi keeper through the importance of water quality koi nutrition , how to prevent disease in your pond through to breeding your koi it is 128 pages of shear joy along with over 100 stunning photographs personally I love this book an it is one of the ones in constant use by us. Buy.

A Complete Guide to Fish diseases ISBN 0866222650 Gottfried Schubert .

Though primarily a book on Tropical Fish it covers all the diseases we as koi keepers need to know about , getting it into the brain of the reader that prevention is the best form of cure.

There are over 100 photos and drawings that show us infected fish disease organisms Parasites.

There are great chapters that cover aspects like examining of your fish the diagnoses of fish diseases , disease caused by Parasitic attacks on our fish protozoa's and the correct drugs to use .

Its one of the books we kept back because of this after we stopped Tropical fish keeping to concentrating solely on our koi. If you can still get this book buy it.

Self-Assessment Colour Review of Ornamental Fish ISBN 1874545812 .

I found this totally fantastic concept of self assessment in our hobby the readers whit's ageist the team of top inter-national and well known Authors who pose us Questions on all aspects of Fish Health Illustrating cases that are randomly selected to en-compass al levels of expertise.

This book is educational giving us 265 differing cases to pit our whit's against covering all the most important medical/surgical conditions found in Ornamental fish.

With Questions on Anatomy, physiology, husbandry and Identification included giving us not only a well thought out comprehensively covered book but and educational one to boot.

It covers all levels of our hobby from the veterinarian down through to the hobbyist who will all find this thoroughly educational and invaluable tool in their arsenal against koi health issues.

It is that good it already has those little bits of paper sticking up between its pages noting important points of interest which is the mark of a good book. A Must.

Keeping Koi ISBN 080693882-X Nancy Cooper Wisner and Frederick Albert Simon

This book offers you a wealth of advice from two professional koi takes you from planning to installing a pond keeps you in control of your filtration and makes suggestions on the right plants to use in and around your pond.

It points out to you pitfalls hat can happen and how to cope with them when they do plus how to avoid them in the first instance however it is very lacking in koi health issues giving only three pages of problem shooting and only then a problem and answer sort of solution to these issues as such a glaring mistake in what is otherwise a nicely put together book.

Some of the chapters merit only two pages others up to four or five as such I find this book though well thought out and with some nice pictures etc a tad disappointing and wish the Authors had done a little more, UK koi keepers remember that this is an American book so your going to need to convert.

Koi Crazy. ISBN 9780952638124 Peter Waddington

Peter takes us on a journey from the koi’s basic beginnings as Magio and takes us through its development to today’s koi Carp.
He takes us through koi varieties pond design, which filtration water temperature, water quality and much, much more/
Peter ends this book in praise of his mentors the men who produce our koi
It is a book for everyone from the novice at the start of this wonderful hobby, through to the more experienced koi keepers. .
As such recommend this book to all at whatever stage in the hobby that they may be at..


The Koi Pond ISBN 9780952638148 Peter Waddington

“I can probably sum this book up in this book up in one.
I really wish I’d had this book at the start of our build and not at the finish, if so I wouldn’t have then made the mistakes with my build that I did.
Peter has put all of his 30+ years of koi keeping experience in producing this book taking us through from pond design to pond finish and everything else in between.
This is a must book for both the novice or those such as ourselves who may one day re-do our pond
However this book shamelessly promotes his Eric filter but the buyer of this book take note there are many more filters out there to be looked at and into before you buy
That may well be suited to your pond and your pocket because they do not come cheap and the wrong filter at the start is only added expense later on .


Koi2Kichi. The path to Understanding
ISBN Standard presentation 09530667-3-8 signed copy
Limited presentation 09530667-2-x .signed copy

We were lucky enough to buy these two books signed by Mr Peter himself.
The two book package comes in a black matt cover with silver embossed title .
Inside are two books a DVD and lastly a Map

Book no1 the Path to Understanding
Book no 2 the Path to Yamakosi
Yamakoshi nishikigoi Map
DVD of tours “a must watch “

“In 1995 Peter Waddington gave Koi Kichi to the world. Since then the book has been hailed by Koi lovers worldwide as [the] must have book for any serious hobbyist
Koi2Kichi is not just a book it’s a Nishikigoi experience, because unlike Koi Kichi, Koi2Kichi is a journey in two books.The first book the path to Understanding – from Mistake to Mystique”.

“This book comes in six stunning chapters “.
Chapter I Covers Birth from Mistake to Mystique Covers Early Times
Chapter II Covers water and its many complexities
Chapter III Covers keeping and its many aspects
Chapter IIII Covers the pond and is an in depth insight into them
Chapter V Covers shows from around the World
Chapter VI Covers Tatigio Facts explained
The second book The path to Yamakoshi the highways and byways
This book takes us on four journeys through the mountains of Yamakosi starting out from Nagaoka-Ojiya .
As the reader we embark on an increadible journey through now legendary villages visiting hundereds of leadinmg breeders along the route m showing us not only where they are but better still how to find them
Inside cover DVD
Introduction to four complete tours
Chapter I “Tour One” Exploring
Nigorisawacho, Yomogihira, Mushigame Takezawa, Minaminigoro Iwamagi
Koguriyama Uragara Nagaoka
Chapter II “Tour two” Exploring
Minaminigoro, Shiyodane, Utogi, Araya, Aikawa, Budokubo
Chapter III “Tour three” Exploring
Kajigane, Junidairs Koide
Chapter IIII “Tour 4” £xploring
Ojiya Kitayama Wakatochi Kowada Isawa
Koi2Kichi also includes a series of maps of the region.
These maps have been developed over more than twenty years of searching and show each and every key village and breeder.
These stunning maps help readers follow the book and locate any breeder or village along your journeys
All the maps are incredibly detailed, even to the point of showing individual mud ponds etc…
The Koi2Kichi package includes two books totalling almost Six hundred pages with stunning photos by both Mr Peter himself and Nigel Caddock of Sill Waters Fame
I strongly recommend you buy these to volumes DVD and map
Mr Peters Handbook to the Mystique of Yamakoshimura ISBN 98709526381-1-3 Peter Waddington
A completer guide for those that are in Peters words koi Kichi to introduce all of the Nishikigio breeders in the entire area in great detail. He takes the reader on a magical mystery tour of all the top Nishikigio breeders. It includes a fold out map, local area map of Ojiya and Nagaoka plus all village maps along side the breeders locations as well as contact information for hotels meals and car hire in the area and much more in the way of information .All in a hand carry about A5 format.
Illustration by Geoff Nuttall , photos by Peter Waddington
A must buy especially if you plan a trip to Japan
Aquaculture Desk Reference ISBN 0442010818 R. Leroy Creswell

Ever needed to work out litres to gallons both imperial or US need to know the volume of your pond or its flow rate around the filters and pond then the Aquaculture desk reference book is the book to have .
Useful to both fish keeper and fish professional, this book is that and much, much
With scientific formulae nutritional values computations etc throughout the book, the Author provides the reader equations and formulas along with simple examples so that the reader can adopt the information needed for particular situations .An essential resource for all.


Nishikigio Manual [nishikigio varieties and their Diseases].no ISBN Takeo Kuroki

This is the third book written by Takeo Kuroki in our library and is a most pleasing book indeed.
The book contains many beautiful and high quality photos. It also contains a brief history of Nishikigio.
The information is written of a mix of English and Japanese.
As I previously mentioned the book contains some beautiful high quality photos of koi these come in the form of koi varieties, as well as all the diseases that can beset them.
This comes in the form of a detailed section on remedies a number of which are not found or contained in other koi health manuals/books. As such they are new to the reader who may well wish should Koi health issues arise that allows them too to try them out for themselves.
I strongly recommend this book


Fish Diseases an introduction.
ISBN 98787891319433
Edited by K.Buchmann.

As the title suggests this is an introduction to fish diseases, Fish suffer from a number of parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral diseases, the impact of which is shown in cultured fish
This book outlines important aspects of the diagnoses of symptoms Life cycles symptoms etc as well as the control of fish pathogens.
Useful to both be you a professional working in the aquatic environment or for pleasure in our hobby this book is a must for those wishing to learn.
It takes us through fish pathogens and diseases, note however that this book because many of the fish pathogens are species specific then the author/s do not attempt to catalogue all fish diseases rather as the title suggests it is an introduction to the main areas of diseases by providing a series of examples of host pathogen systems
Filled with many good illustrations along with black and white photographs of
Scans by electron Micrographs it is a mine of great information

I recommend you get this book as an introduction if you are just starting out in the fish health side of things you’ll take alott away from it

Dave .

A Practical guide to building and maintaining a koi pond (Pond Master)
ISBN 1842860631.Keith Holmes and Tony Pitham

When these two Authors team up it is normally a great book that is the outcome.
Keith and Tony take the reader on a pond building journey with practical guides to building techniques including how to fibre glass a block built pond use a liner etc
It takes us through filtration systems UV-Cs etc plus all the other equipment needed for your finished pond.
It touches on routine maintenance and ideas for upgrades and has detailed step by step photographs throughout.
Explanatory Graphics help us understand how a water treatment system works with helpful advice on foods and feeding along with expert advice on preparing enhanced foods designed to keep your koi both healthy and growing
This book is a must for those starting out in our hobby

A great buy. Dave

This Library continues to grow as books are suggested.