Frequently Asked Questions
Should I quarantine my fish after receiving them?
We make every effort to make sure that all fish that we ship are clean of any problems. We normally quarantine and treat our own fish for ten days to two weeks, before shipping them. With those assurances, I will still tell you to always quarantine. Your collection of koi is valuable to you and quarantine is always the best insurance to protect the health of your collection.
How can I be reassured that your fish do not carry KHV (Koi herpes virus) or SCV
(spring carp viremia)?
We are not a broker. We are a farm that sells only our fish. We have only brought in a fish from outside of our farm on several occasions in the last five years. On those rare occasions, the fish is quarantined for at least one year before adding a few of our fish to the quarantined fish. We have never had a die off of our fish and cannot afford to have one, so in the last few years we have not introduced any new fish to the farm.
Are longfins, "koi"?
That’s a hot question. Genetically, there is very little difference between longfins and koi. The original longfins have been crossed with koi through so many generations that the genetic differences are probably not discernable. But with the standards for judging koi, longfins cannot be compared to koi in competition. Longfins should be appreciated for their own elegance and beauty and can only be judged as a group of their own.
How can I raise koi?
Have lots of time and money to start with and plan on having very little of either afterwards. Our small operation produces over 100,000 fish to find 10,000 that we consider saleable. That takes a lot of space, food and time for culling. If you do decide to spawn some fish, start with the simpler color patterns and cull often and unmercifully.