How to Breed Koi Fish for Sale
Koi is a decorative type of fish that’s valuable as well as beautiful. To have a profitable koi fish business, you need special resources and careful consideration. The most important thing is to let quality koi fish grow so huge so they can fetch good money. For example, for maximum profits, aim to breed Sansai (the third-year koi), which costs more than Nisai (the second-year fish).
What you need
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To begin breeding koi fish, your pond must be able to hold around 4 to 6 feet of water. In addition, you need water supply as well as a filtration and aeration system to make sure the water’s perfect for raising koi.
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You can begin with just a couple of small, quality fish that will reproduce to increase your stock. If you want to add more fish with time, you should use a quarantine facility like a tank to separate established koi from new ones until you’re certain that the new stock has no diseases that might spread to others. Specially made nets for handling koi are essential for harvesting them in readiness for sale. You need plastic bags or bowls to move the koi to new owners.
Feeding and caring for your koi
Once you’ve began breeding koi fish, the costliest part of the project is feeding them. You must feed them properly as breeding healthy, growing koi is the secret to making handsome profits. For young koi, feed them with fish food that contains around 40% proteins from zooplankton. As your fish get older, their protein requirements will go down. During colder months, when the water in your pond gets even colder, koi needs less food. This will help you control your expenses.
How to find buyers
One method of selling your fish is to offer them to dealers at a wholesale price so they mark up their prices and sell at retail prices. The sellers can sell the fish to those who want to add it to their decorative pond or hobbyists. Another way is to sell your koi directly to people at retail prices. To ship the koi fish, you must give adequate oxygen in addition to the water and transport them at night. Therefore, another way is to sell them over the internet.
Pricing your koi fish
Determining your koi fish price starts with understanding what aesthetic aspects dictate price. According to CNN money, prices of koi fish may range from as low as $15 to as high as $5000. Some of the things that determine koi fish prices include skin quality, body shape, pattern and color of each fish. If you breed show-quality koi fish, you can expect to make more money than if they were smaller or younger.