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Pronunciation Guide:

A - pronounced ah, as in paw or draw EI - pronounced aye, as in bay, play
E - pronounced eh, as in spend or friend OI - pronounced oye, as in toy, boy
I - pronounced ee, as in bee, he, tree OA - pronounced oh ah, as in boa
O- pronounced oh, as in tow, oak OO - pronounced oo, as in who, boo
U - pronounced uu, as in moo, who UI - pronounced wee, as in tree, bee
R - sometimes pronounced like the letter "d" JI - pronounced gee, as in bungi
AI - pronounced eye, as in pie, fly JY - pronounced jah, as in draw, jaw
AO - pronounced ah oh RYU - pronounced droo, as in Andrew




Word (Pronunciation)Meaning
Calcinosis The build up of calcium carbonate deposits in the tissues of the fish, often without harmful effect.
Calcium carbonate Chemical symbol CaCO3. g/eq - 50, Solubility - moderate. Most common naturally occurring form is chalk and limestone. Used for increasing the alkalinity of water.
Carbonic anhydrase Enzyme which aids carbon dioxide transport and release by catalyzing the synthesis, and the dehydration, of carbonic acid from, and to, carbon dioxide and water. Koi facilitate this reaction in the lamellar blood of the gills and are able to maximize the partial pressure gradiend of carbon dioxide between the blood and the water.
Carotene Nutrient responsible for the red color in Koi. Nishikigoi absorb carotene as a nutrient in order to live. When the carotene stays in the fat of the body surface, it appears as a red stain. Because Shiro Utsuri don't have any red in their patterns, carotene fed to this variety can cause red staining to appear.
Carrier An animal which harbors a disease-causing agent in its body without showing clinical signs of infection (i.e., they appear healthy but are capable of spreading disease under the right conditions).
Catabolism The metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy. When koi catbolize protein, they enzymatically cleaino acids and then the free aminos pick a hydrogen molecule, thus forming ammonia.
Cataracts An irreversible clouding of the lens of the eye. Appears as a grey / white colour in the normally black lens of the eye. May be due to either physical damage sustained whilst handling, irritation from disease organisms such as Diplostomum spathacaeum, or a result of incorrect nutrition. The cataracts impair the vision of the fish. In some species, such as sight feeders like salmonids this can lead to a wasting away and eventual mortality. Some fish will however adapt and feed from the bottom of a tank / pond. This will usually result in very poor FCR and lesions to the mouth parts which can in turn lead to other infections. Poorly sighted fish are normally removed and killed to prevent them becoming stressed and risking the development of disease conditions which could threaten the rest of the stock.
Caudal fin (KAH dal)Tail fin.
Cell Mass of protoplasm containing a nucleus or nuclear material. Cells and their products make up all the tissues of the body. All the functional activities of the body are carried out by cells. Their structure and form are closely correlated with their function.
Cerceria Larval stage of flukes such as eye fluke (Diplostomum spathacaeum). The stage at which the flukes are released from their mollusk host (usually a snail) and infect fish.
Cha (CHA) Japanese term for Brown
Chagoi (cha' goy )koi fish pictures Brownish, scaled Koi, often used incorrectly to include blue-gray Koi (Soragoi), or greenish Koi (Midorigoi). A light-brown or tea-coloured koi with non-metallic scales.
Chigyo (CHEEG yoh) Unsorted fry.
Chloramin T Chlorine based chemical for the treatment of external parasites. Usually used as a bath or flush treatment, at concentrations of 2.5mg/l (at water pH of 6) to 20 mg/l )at water pH of 8) for one hour. Care should be taken not to mix chloramine T with formalin / formaldehyde, and to avoid the use of metal containers. Appearance - fine white powder, inhalation can cause respiratory problems and irritation.
Chlorophyll Green pigment found in plants and found abundantly in nearly all algae.
Chobo Zumi (cho' bow zoo' me) Dark spot found on the heads of young fish that is caused by the thin, transparent skin at that location. The area appears dark because you are looking through the skin at the skull.
Chupa (CHOO pah) Medium quality Koi.
Cilia Microscopic hairlike process that extends from the surface of a unicellular organism and acts in unison with like structures to cause movement.
Clinical The outward appearance of a disease in a living organism based on actual observation and treatment as apposed to experimentally or pathologically. See also: acute, disease, inflammation, pathological condition.
Colloid Particulate matter, finely divided and insoluble but larger than molecules that are dispersed within a pond in such a manner as to prevent them from being filtered easily or settled rapidly.
Common carp Cyprinus carpio; common carp are the original species of fish from which koi were developed for ornamental purposes.
Communical disease Disease that may be transmitted directly or indirectly from one organism to another.
Congestion Excessive accumulation of blood or tissue fluid within an organ or peripheral blood vessel.
Cortisol A hormone produced by the adrenal gland that promotes the synthesis and storage of glucose. It is used in response to stress, to suppresses inflammation and regulates the deposition of fat in the body. When a fish is stressed, the cortisol levels increase causing more glucose to be released in to the bloodstream. This can result in the build up of lactic acid in the body, as once it has been used for energy, the glucose breaks down into lactic acid. Cortisol concentration in the blood is often used as an indicator to measure stress levels.
Costia necatrix A protozoan parasite of fish. Affects the skin and gills. If present in sufficient numbers, can cause rapid mortalities, similar to viral infections. In larger fish, a skin infection often results in the production of excess mucus, which gives a blueish tinge to the fish. Treatment is usually by chemicals such as formalin at a concentration of 200 - 250ppm for 1 hour
Cross infection Cross infection occurs when two or more animals from different sources are put into contact with each other, allowing any infectious agents to be transmitted from one to the other.
Cyanobacteria Commonly called blue-green algae. These organisms behave like algae but are actually zooplankton. Responsible for the release of toxins into the water which can cause fish kills and flesh taints. When filter feeders such as blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) consume cyanobacteria, the toxins can build up in the body, causing poisoning to humans on consumption (called PSP - paralytic shellfish poisoning)
CyHV-1 Cyprinid herpesvirus-1; the virus that causes carp pox.
CyHV-2 Cyprinid herpesvirus-2; the virus that causes hematopoietic necrosis herpesvirus of goldfish.
CyHV-3 Cyprinid herpesvirus-3; the virus that causes koi herpesvirus.
Cyprinid herpesvirus-1 CyHV-1; the virus that causes carp/koi pox.
Cyprinid herpesvirus-2 CyHV-2; the virus that causes hematopoietic necrosis herpesvirus of goldfish.
Cyprinid herpesvirus-3 CyHV-3; the virus that causes koi herpesvirus.
Cytotoxic Destroys cells.



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Argulus (Fish Lice) adhere to the flesh by means of sucker-type discs.
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Dechlorinator and Pond Bacteria needs to be used to remove the chemicals the water department has added.
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Pseudomonas Aeromonas Bacteria, are the most common bacteria present in your pond.
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