The Completely Illustrated Guide To Koi For Your Pond (312 Pages; Hardcover)
This book is a perfect combination: a big, good-looking, colorful book about koi that also is a big, colorful, good-looking book about garden ponds. In it, Dr. Axelrod and his co-authors manage to bridge the gaps between all of the different koi types being bred in the world today from the purely classical colors and shapes of the traditional Japanese koi right through the Israeli and American modifications on the basic Japanese theme: the new American-bred long-finned koi being one example. Apart from all of the beautiful full-color photos--all coated with plastic to give added vitality and durability-- and the very practical considerations involved in setting up a koi pond and keeping its inhabitants in good health, the book also contains fascinating reading dealing with the history of cultivated carp dating all the way back to the first century B.C. A must for koi people.