Koi is a decorative type of fish that’s valuable as well as beautiful. If you want to raise it for profit, you need unique resources and careful consideration to build a lucrative business. The most important point is to let high-quality koi fish grow so big in order to fetch good money. 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
To begin breeding koi fish, your pond must be able to hold around 4 to 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.
You can begin with just a couple of small, quality fish that will reproduce to increase your stock. To add more fish over time, use a quarantine system like a tank to separate new koi from established ones until you’re sure the new fish don’t have diseases that can spread to others. Specially designed nets for holding koi are needed for harvesting them for sale. To take the koi fish to new owners, you should use plastic bags or bowls.
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. If you’re breeding young koi, their food should always contain about 40% zooplankton proteins. As your fish grow older, they’ll need less protein. In colder months, when pond water becomes even colder, the fish will need less food. This will help to control your expenses.
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 dealers can sell to individuals who want koi fish in their ornamental pond or hobbyists. You can also sell your koi fish directly to customers at retail prices. You may ship the fish, but you will need to provide sufficient oxygen with the water and move them overnight. Thus, another option is to sell them online.
Pricing your koi
Setting your koi fish price begins with understanding what beauty standards dictate price. According to CNN money, koi prices may range from as little as 15 dollars to as high as 5000 dollars. 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.
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