Japan To The UK

The question I’m often asked by people new to Koi is ‘where do you get your koi from and how do they get here?’. To me this seems a strange question to ask as it is something I take for granted. Many people new to the hobby and some more experienced have very little idea of what it takes to bring a koi from a Japanese breeder’s pond to a ‘for sale’ tank in the UK. I will try and give you a short insight as to how the koi make their way half way around the world as quickly and as stress free as possible.

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The Koi Ladder

During the last few years the number of people keeping koi in the UK seems to have grown rapidly, there are now more Koi keepers than ever before and many of these are on various steps of “the Koi ladder”.

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Under The Skin

A few years ago, the editor of Koi Carp Magazine accompanied me to Japan. During the course of the visit witnessed the harvesting of many Koi that I had been growing on at various farms all over Japan. One Koi in particular at Oomo Koi farm in Niigata had developed very well, infact the Koi was stunning in every department. It was decided that the Koi was good enough to be entered in Japans second largest Koi show, ZNA All Japan Koi Show.

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Mud & Blood

It may sound like a strange title but it is quite amazing how the mud from which the pond is made and the bloodline from which the Koi came from, can have such a remarkable effect on how the Koi develops. The connection and similarities that both the mud and the blood have are inextricably linked; we may never have had one without the other.

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The Loulan Story

There have been millions of Koi bred since the first strangely coloured carp was discovered in the mountains of Niigata in northern Japan two centuries ago, but during the Summer of 1976 one very special Koi was about to hatch from a very special spawning.

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