The select 4" - 6" koi are $15.00 each or 4 for $50, for either regular fin or butterfly. There are always a lot of Tosai (koi in their first year) to choose from but these are the top select koi from last spawn and there are a lot of very high quality fish at this time, less than 100 high quality select will be available. Sanke, kohaku, gin rin, tancho, doitsu and more at this time, these are added to at the first of each month. If you're looking for that special koi to add to your collection, stop by and take a look at these early each month. Many of these will be going into the larger grow out pond as soon as it's ready and not offered again until 12"+ starting at $100. These will be outstanding large koi.
The 6"-10" select are $40 or 3 for $100 for regular and butterfly koi. I also have select larger wakin (wah-keen) in this tank for $30. These are grown out here and they sell very fast and are not always available. These are added to as I select fish from the masses for grow out and are always being added to although some may be a little smaller when I add them to this group, they are still my selection for grow out and the price remains the same. I am partial to the doitsu and gin rin so I always grow them out. Email for availability of larger fish email@example.com.
If you are picking out fish for a new pond make sure the filter has cycled and test the water perimeters, yes you'll need a water test kit, now and in the future, so just get one. Koi will not last 1 day in an under filtered or stagnate pond. Please don't over stock your pond, it will only lead to problems when the fish grow, koi get very large, even goldfish can be 12" or longer and wakin can grow up to 18". Don't even think about koi or goldfish in a pond without a filter that will handle the load. I have a couple different "do it yourself" filters listed on my web site, a very easy one to make is at this link, http://www.tadege.com/diyfilter.htm. If you are thinking big fish load here is a "do it yourself" filter that I use for my 7000 gallon pond, http://www.tadege.com/wakinfilter.htm. You can save a considerable amount of money by building your own filter system and they can actually be a lot better than most ready to use.
Confused by all the different names of koi? Me too. To make it even more confusing, some koi are listed by the breeders name. This is a link to a very good site that I use, lots of good information, no list can ever be complete as new names seem to be popping up daily, but we need a starting point http://www.cnykoi.com/koiid/main.asp If you are interested in why I pick out certain fry for grow out, ask while you're here and I'll point out which small fish I would choose and why, it's usually a smaller fish others have over looked. There are very few I can give room to grow out, so there are always a lot of small koi with great potential. I have just added a small wakin to my main pond, crisp white with all red fins, it's only 2" long, but I wanted it in a large pond for best growth. I probably won't even see it for the next couple months, I'm sure it's off on it's own exploring everything after being in the packed fry tank for the beginning of it's life.
Great looking bunch. Standard and butterfly. There are also wakin mixed in, lots of patterns to choose from.
When you get your new fish home, float the bag for 15 minutes, out of the sun or cover the bag with a piece of cloth, to adjust the temperature of the bag water to your pond water. The water that comes with your fish is not a good thing to dump into your pond, it may contain salt and other health additives. Once the bag is open remove the fish right then with a net and put them in your pond. Don't reuse the bag for anything. If your pond is new, do a water test and make sure the filter has had time to cycle before you even think about getting fish.
Please keep in mind that Koi will get very large. A pond of 1000 gallons will probably only support 4 koi at 2 years old, and that will need a very good filtration system. At 3 years old in our tropical climate you can expect a regular koi to be 18" or larger, the butterfly koi will for the most part stay a little smaller, but not much and eventually a koi will end up nearing 3 feet long. At 5 years old a koi is considered half of it's full adult size. They live a long time, and never stop growing, just slow down. Please don't buy more fish than your pond will support. I know that there is a lot of talk about fish staying the size of their environment, this may be true in part, they may stay smaller when confined to small areas, the fall back is that some of their internal organs continue to enlarge although the fish stays small, which can pose some serious health problems as the fish ages.
For smaller ponds you might want to consider wakin (wah-keen), they can grow to 18" but 12" is more the normal. They are fast, friendly, aggressive fish that can hold their own even with koi, I have a couple in the big pond with my breeder koi. They will do much better in a smaller pond than koi will. A 1000 gallon pond will look much nicer with wakin, shubunkin and comets than it will with koi crowded into it. It will also be much healthier for the fish and easier to maintain. All the wakin I have here are the red and white, like kahaku koi. Wakin are my favorite fish for a small pond, I'm not trying to talk you out of koi, I'll always have a lot more koi here than wakin, but you'll have a lot easier time maintaining a smaller pond with fish that don't get as large. Plus you won't need the huge filters you'll need to keep your pond clean and the koi healthy. I want everyone to enjoy their pond, even the fish.
I also have watonia, (wah-town-eye) they are like the wakin but with much longer flowing fins. I haven't gotten around to getting pictures yet and there are only a few to choose from, this coming summer there will be a lot more. I have them in the concrete pond which is about 600 gallons or maybe a little more with just a drop in filter and they are doing very good, the filter cleaning is just 1 time a month.
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