How to Raise Koi Fish for Sale
Koi is an ornamental variety of fish that’s beautiful as well as valuable. To have a profitable koi fish business, you need special resources and careful consideration. The secret is to allow quality koi fish to get really big so they may fetch a good price. For example, to maximize profits, you should aim to breed the third-year koi fish called Sansai, which goes for much more than the second-year koi known as Nisai.
What you need
The Beginner’s Guide to Fish
To start raising koi fish, you need a pond that contains around 4-6 feet of water. In addition, you need to access water and have a filtration and aeration system to ensure the water is ideal for breeding koi.
Where To Start with Resources and More
Begin with just 2-3 high-quality, small koi that’ll reproduce to grow 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. To harvest your koi for sale, you need specially made nets for holding them. To take the koi fish to new owners, you should use plastic bags or bowls.
Feeding and caring for your koi
Once you start your koi fish rearing project, feeding the fish is the costliest part of the business. You must feed them properly as breeding healthy, growing koi is the secret to making handsome profits. If you’re breeding young koi, their food should always contain about 40% zooplankton proteins. As your koi get older, they will need less protein. When your pond water gets much colder during colder months, koi will eat less food. This can help you keep your expenses under control.
One way to sell your koi fish is to offer them to sellers at a wholesale price so they may set prices and sell at retail rates. They can sell to hobbyists and those who want to buy koi for their decorative pond. Another way is to sell your koi directly to people at retail prices. You may ship the fish, but you will need to provide sufficient oxygen with the water and move them overnight. Therefore, selling them online is another option.
Pricing your koi fish
Setting your koi fish price begins with understanding what beauty standards dictate price. CNN money says that prices of koi can range from as little as 15 dollars to 5000 dollars. Some of the aspects that can affect koi fish prices include body shape, quality of skin, pattern and color of fish. If you breed show-quality koi fish, you can expect to make more money than if they were smaller or younger.