Sunday, 31 May 2015

May 2015 - Club Night with Duncan Griffiths

On the 13 May 2013 the club member's and a number of guests joined us for the highly anticipated Duncan Griffiths talk on "Koi Anatomy and Necropsy". This was the highest turnout for a club night in the club's history with over 40 of us listening in and looking at the superbly polished PowerPoint slides.


The first part of Duncan's koi was focused on Koi Anatomy. This talked us through the

  • koi skeleton (teleost fish),
  • the seven fins (two paired and three single fins) and how each one serves a purpose (stability, speed, steering, controlling pitch and roll
  • The mouth
  • Skin and scales
  • Hearing via a small group of bones that it is believed to be amplified by the swim bladder
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Muscles
  • Internal Anatomy / Organs

The following are a couple of the slides kindly provided by Duncan for this write-up.





In the second half of the talk we covered necropsy. Duncan talked us through how to disect a koi, from taking off the gill plate, to cutting open the side of the koi followed by a very informative and interesting way pointing out all the organs. I would like to point out that my timing to get and start eating the last of the hot dogs from Lou and Sue's refreshments could have been better! Duncan then showed us comparison images of healthy and unhealthy organs so we could tell the difference. Whilst this second half of his talk was rather graphic, it was extremely informative and also very very interesting.


Many thanks to Duncan from all the club member's for this superb talk. The quality of his PowerPoint slides was brilliant and very polished. His knowledge was great and his willingness to positively share his experiences and how we could all improve our koi husbandry was highly valuable.


Our next meeting is the first member's pond visit of 2015 at Adam Byer's on 10 June 2015 starting at 7pm. This promises to be a great start to our summer season of member's pond visits.



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