Viable, fertilized Koi eggs
|May 22nd 2013
is our ship date for eggs for 2013.
If you are emailing after May 22nd you are too late for eggs
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information on how to purchase Koi eggs from us.
Please do not call or email because I
will not have prices or breeders until we are close to
I will provide detailed instructions on
how to receive and hatch the eggs. You MUST follow the directions.
Any deviation from my instructions will result in non-hatching eggs and
or death of the babies. Below are photos and video from the 2012 and
some photos and videos from our customers in 2012
Video from our farm of 12 hour old babies
A photo from Raritan, NJ of 2 day old fry
YouTube video from Madison WI
Fry that are now 4 days old. If you compare to the photo above you
can see how much they have grown in just 2 days.
Our spawning tank is 40' by 8' by 4' deep.
Millions and millions and millions of eggs will be in this tank when we
spawn. ! In fact Rich says he will give free fry to anyone who wants to
count the eggs for us.
|There is a lot of information here so please read this carefully.
You need to be able to read and follow instructions or your eggs or
babies will perish.
| How many fish will you get from the hatch? Our past experience says about 80% to 90% are viable and will hatch into fry.
There are several 1,000 eggs in each bag we ship. There are no
choice of breeders. It is strictly "pot luck" on the color of the
babies the eggs will hatch into.
You will not have time to run around and get needed items when the eggs arrive. Please have on hand:
At least a 500 gallon tank preferably larger. Baby koi are
cannibalistic if they are over crowded!
If you tank is outside, it needs to be tightly
covered with very, very small holed netting to keep out fisher
spiders and dragonfly. Dragonfly larva will eat your babies before
you realize what has happened to them. Ditto on the fisher spider.
We use 650 gallon stock tanks. These can be purchased at farm supply type stores. Tractor Farm Supply is where we buy them. We buy
them here in NC for around $350.00 (650-gallon size) but price will vary depending on your location. Keep in mind the bigger the tank the faster the fish will grow and the less chance that the fry will be cannibalistic.
You will need a pump and a filter, and established bio filter is highly recommended. The intake on the pump must be covered so that the eggs or fry will not be sucked into the pump. We wrap a piece of filter material around that intake. It generally has to be removed for cleaning quite often because the
hornwort we use for spawning and which the eggs are attached may clog
the pump intake filter material.
| Good testing kits that test for ammonia, nitrite, pH and Kh. Make sure you use new fresh test kits. Your test kits should be replaced every spring. They do go bad and give false reading. If you do not have these I have them for
in the shopping cart in the
You will need ammonia binder, baking soda and regular table salt on hand. Optional would be a pond thermometer. You must test the water for
ammonia and nitrite daily. Poor water quality is fatal to be koi but even
more so to new babies. I am not talking about the clarity of the water either. We grow our fry in green water because they grow faster in green water. The down side is that they are hard, even impossible to see.
You will need fry food on hand also. I have 2 cups for $8.98 and that can be added into the shipping total. They need new baby fry food about 12 to 18 hours after hatching. They live off the yolk sack for the first hours. This is a fine powder that
floats and then slowly sinks.
The fry are very small when they hatch and are very hard to see. You will need to look very close into the water and at an angle to see them at first. They generally
stay close to the roots once they hatch. There will be some eggs that will not hatch and will just wither away.
I make no claims on how many will hatch, the colors or how many will survive (that is where you and your Koi keeping skills come in). I have given you the facts as they are and now you must decide if you can and will follow directions. These are live animals who are dependant on you to keep them alive and healthy.
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