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Koi breeding can be profitable in one of two ways: 1) You raise baby koi fish and sell them when they are much larger
My question to you today is – should we buy 2 breeding pairs to start or 2 males and 4 females? and do the Koi interbreed between types- ie do they recognise say their own breed Showa to Showa or will they go Showa to say Kohaku if not seperated? Should we just stick to the one breed to start and get 6 fish of 2 m and 4 f? Also how do you tell a male from a female by looking down at them from the top of the water?
There is a permanent spring fed dam on the property (holds 2 mega litres approx of water) that is the perfect breeding ground for fish. The water is drinkable and there are a few trees and shade areas at all times on this dam. There is currently no fish in it but plenty of frogs and their offspring . There is a overflow run off that is a small creek. We realise that we will put a grate at this entrance so they dont flow downstream as well. We also realise that the frogs will get eaten so we are now planning a series of ponds that will house the Koi breeding pairs and seperate offspring ponds.
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The first consideration when breeding Koi is to get suitable fish. High quality Koi will produce the highest quality offspring and you will have to choose the parents after which kind of offspring you want in regards to coloration and pattern. Only a very low percentage of the fry in the large batches will become high quality Koi regardless of the quality of the parents. High quality parents will however produce a higher percentage quality fry. It is recommendable to try and keep the bloodlines of you Koi type clean to produce high quality Koi fish.The chosen couple should be separated from other fish of the other sex for at least a month during which time they are kept well feed to get them into spawning condition. Koi breeding is often best done with pairs of fish but you can use 2 males to a female while breeding Koi. You should however never use more than two males since they may become too aggressive and hurt the female if more than two males are used.Another aspect that should be taken into consideration while choosing the indented parents is the age of the fish. As this effects the quality of the egg shells. Young Koi females produce eggs with very thin shells which might not survive; older fish on the other hand can produce eggs with to hard shells that the sperm can’t penetrate them. The best age of a Koi that is used for breeding is 4-5 years although successful breeding might be possible with fish that are up to 15 years old.You will have to decorate the aquarium so that there are suitable breeding areas present for the Koi fish. The materials selected to be used for spawning should be totally submerged and safe to the environment. There are many synthetic Koi breeding materials available in the trade but most professional breeders still prefer the natural ones and think the produce better results. An example of a good natural breeding material is Water hyacinths which are a plant that can be great for building suitable spawning places with. Water hyacints can carry parasites and will have to treated with special substances like Dipterex to eliminate all possible parasites before being used in a Koi breeding setup. Water hyacinths might also attract dragon flies. While these insects are harmless, their larvae can attack and kill the Koi eggs and fry. It is recommendable to use nettings on top of your breeding pond if you breed your Koi outdoors to protect them from predators. It might also be beneficial since they sometimes like to jump and netting prevents them from jumping out of the pond. A benefit that makes the use of nettings on your pond a beneficial choice regardless of whether you keep and breed your Koi indoors or outdoors.