Our final day in Israel. Today we will be visiting two farms. The first on our list will be offering us some high quality small koi carp from 4 " upwards .
Here the farm had made things easy they had already prepared the sizes we needed. As we walked up to the tanks it was clear there was no need to pick so we bought all of the fish in the sizes we required.
After the koi buying we were given the guided tour of there goldfish facility.
This fish farm breeds huge amounts of goldfish. Here you can see one of the workers filling a holding tank full of Red Goldfish . These fish have come straight from the ponds in the fields and will now enter the packing house to be sorted ready for shipment.
After sitting and watching the goldfish pour into this tank we then traveled on to our last fish farm. The final place of our hand pick trip will take us to a Goldfish farm. Here they produce the very best Oranda Goldfish in Israel.
It has been a a very good day. And this trip has been one of the most successful buying trips we have ever done. All that's left to do is to travel home and prepare for the fish to arrive later on this week.
Today sees us start our hand pick at Madan koi. Here we have alrrady done our pre visit and have seen the fantastic koi the farm has prepared for us .
Here you will find a few of the bigger koi we have purchased which are 55cm +.
Two of the big loi we bouggt today meauring 60cm + . The quality of the big koi is amazing. These were two personal favourotes we have bought.
Overall we have had a very special day. All the koi selected today are at the highest grade and we have some superb koi. Its nice that the farm has prepared such quality just for us to hand pick and to all the staff at Madan koi we thank you for all the efforst you have put in to make this trip what it was today.
The start of Day 2 on our trip takes us to view a new farm producing small high grade koi. This farm is concentrating on small koi it is a huge indoor facility with huge potential
Here you can see how this farm uses all of its available space. Here are some pictures just to show the amount of koi reared in the tanks .
We have been blown away by the number of high grade small koi we have seen and I’m sure you will soon see some of these koi in our facility this year.
Next sees the hand selecting at Gan Shmuel. Always a pleasure seeing what this farm has to offer.
Sure enough Gan Shmuel had pulled out all the stops. Having done our pre visit we were aware of the koi that they had but at second viewing there are some amazing koi.
Here is some of the most unusual koi. These fish had been requested by love aquatics back in June and the staff at Gan Shmuel have successfully managed to produce the fish.
As seen above is a very rare Tancho Goshiki
At Gan Shmuel we also hand select the very best grade Long Fin Koi. As seen below the varieties we have purchased are Predominantly Utsuri type.
The quality of koi at Gan Shmuel is simply amazing. One of the most exciting fish to come from today is the small Doitsu metallic mix . Here is a mix of Yamato nishiki ,kikusui ,kujaku and kikokuryu.
A very successful trip to Gan Shmuel and all the staff have done a fantastic job with all the koi they have prepared.
Well nice early start to kick off our trip. It’s 5am and we are on route to Madankoi to do our pre visit. This visit will give us a first look at the fish prepared by the breeders for us to hand select.
The entrance into Madankoi takes us straight in to the farms packing house this is where all koi are prepared and packed for shipping.
Here there is in excess of 200 tanks fully stocked with various sizes and types of fish. As well as breeding koi Madan also producers excellent Goldfish varieties.
As you can see having a quick pre view there is lots of koi for us to hand select and the breeders have been very busy. Here is one of the many tanks we will get to hand select from when we come back here to start our buying .
Next visit Gan Shmuel
Next it’s off to Ganshmuel. Here we are expecting to see some more unusual varieties along with the excellent Long Fin Koi we had last year.
Although Ganshmuel is reasonably close to Madankoi we find that the breeders always try to offer something a little bit different. We quite often find some of the more unusual varieties here and of course amazing high quality long fin koi.
Looking around as with Madan Ganshmuel have pulled out all the stops there is a vast amount of koi to choose from and there is going to be some difficult decisions to be made on our selecting.