2017 saw a dramatic rise in sales of the Long Fin Koi species. Fish Farmers across Israel have recognised the importance in the demands for the Long Fin Koi. In the late 90's these fish were a rare sight often only seeing the odd couple of Long Fins in Purachina and Yamabuki Ogons.
An Insight into Breeding the Long Fin.
Many Breeders in Israel are currently undertaking the process to produce Long Fin Koi. Our trip in January enabled us to pin point the best supply of these fish. During our visit to Gan Shmuel Fish farm we asked a series of questions to enable us to better understand the breeding and selection of Long Fin Koi.
In the Last 4-5 years Gan Shmuel Fish farm started to create new lines of the long fin koi. Having asked the questions and getting the correct feedback from dealers they decided to undertake a few projects involving metallic Fish. In many opinions people often prefer the metallic colours, as these fish show their colour in their fins. The Breeding started with a few experiments to achevie the best quality koi. They originally started with the production using 1 male long FInned koi and breeding it with 1 female regular finned koi.
After many trials and the use of various varieties this method produced very low quantity but yielded high quality Long finned koi. With many of the koi reverting back to the regular short finned koi this was always going to be a little bit of a battle to increase their success rate. Using the small percentage of fish which this method had worked on and many spawings later, over the last few years Gan shmuel have managed to produce more and more high Quality Long Finned Koi.
Do these koi Grow slower ?
At first there were many unanswered questions surrounding these koi. However the more the farm started to work with them the more they started to understand. There is infact no difference in the growth pattern of a Long Finned koi. The only relevant difference is of course the fin size. Below is a example the the farm have sent to prove just that.
These photos have been taken 1 year apart and shows the development. The colours on this particular fish have not changed that much but the size has doubled and the fins are also noticably bigger.
Are these koi more susceptible to fin rot ?
Again this question is on most peoples minds when purchasing a Long Finned koi. In actual fact there is no health implecations or any difference between these koi and the regular short finned ones. If a Long Finned koi becomes sick it can be treated and healed in exactly the same way as a regular koi, The Koi are no less or more resiliant to disease.
Some new strains in Israel
It was a remarkable sight to see so many new strains of these koi produced. Many of the koi purchased by us are fish that are not only rare in long fins but also difficult to find in regular short fin . The quality is something else. This is a short video taken of one of the ponds of Long Finned koi we came across on our buying trip.
Time for some proper photos...
After having the koi for a few weeks we are now starting to lift some koi and get a few snap shots for the website . It has now become very apparent just how good these koi truly are. With their long flowing fins the fish look very graceful in the ponds and have a very distinctive look which makes them stand out . Below are a few of the fish we have had out to picture.
As you can see the fins are impeccable. The varieties produced are all very bright and stand out colours.
NEW VARIETY ALERT !!!!!
During our selection of some of these fish. Lior the breeder at Gan Shmuel Fish Farm gave us a great insight into the work they are putting in to the Long Fin Varieties. After our selection he showed us some very special koi.
This is a new variety not just because of the long fins koi but it is also a variety only produced usually through a stroke of luck in regular fin koi. The Kin Ki Showa Sanke. This koi displays Metallic Colours of Yellow, Black and White. The regular Showa Sanke displays a red or orange colour as opposed to the yellow on this koi.
This year you will see more and more varieties of the Long Fin Koi. With their popularity growing every year it is very exciting to be able to offer such high quality fish in the large quantities we have available . Why not treat your self and get the one stand out, unusual fish for your pond? Check out our listings to find your special fish.
Today is a big day . This morning at 4 am the koi we purchased on our January hand pick trip arrived. Arriving at the shop the first load of boxes were unloaded and the boxes were sorted into piles to indicate which tank the fish would go in.
With over 4000 fish to put away safely it was all hands on deck, even the snow didnt slow us down.
This is no slow job and the health of the fish is of the upmost importantance. We worked as quickly as we can to get the fish organised and acclimatised into the tanks. After floating the bags for the correct period of time we then begin to let the fish out of the bags and into their tanks.
With so many amazing fish its super exciting for everyone to see the quality we have purchased. The weather didn't seem to be on our side. It might look pretty but being in and out of water is not the most amusing thing anyone could do in these cold temperatures.
Fish will be pictured and sorted this week then the launch of our first batch of koi ready for our pre sales will become live on the website.
This weekend will see upto 100 or more of our new koi making there way onto the website which will be available for pre sale. Fish will be stored and reserved for the customer and will be ready for delivery on 10th March.
With some incredible fish being listed Don't Miss Out on our exclusive launch this Saturday 10th of Febuary. Looking for " that special fish " if we don't have what your looking for pleaseEmail or call us on 01253 932377 and we will send you pictures directly.
With the New koi arriving soon after our very successful buying trip we have just had in Israel, the hard work has begun. This year we have increased our facility with an extra 4500 gallons to accomodate our increased purchase. The extra room is going to enable us to carry a greater fish stock than in previous years.
This is the first fish house we have where we house some of the new koi which will be arriving soon . This building has 17 tanks in with an overall water capacity of 25'000 gallons or 112'500 litres. In here we mainly display koi 12" and above, these ponds will also hold some of our High Quality Jumbo koi.
The second fish house we have is the biggest on the site. This building consists of 11 tanks with 1 display pond and a combined total of 40'000 gallons or 180'000 litres.
Our 3rd fish house in which we have increased the water capacity now holds 25,000 gallons or 112,500 litres. This gives us a combined total of 90'000 gallons or 405,000 litres. This building is mainly used as our quarantine facility through the summer months. In the height of the pond season when we are importing smaller fish between 4 and 8 inches weekly they go through our strict quarantine procedure before being moved to either of the fish houses.
Along with the 3 fishhouses we also have a large mud pond which we regularly use for storing fish. This enables us to keep high volumes of high quality koi all year round and we frequently bring new koi forward for sale. As well as using this pond as storage, when our stock numbers decrease we house a number of high grade smaller koi in the pond too. By the end of the season these koi are quite often around 9-11inches in size and can normally been seen around the December months for sale. Below is an example of the koi which we grew on and sold this year.
All that's left to do now is collect the fish and spend the day getting them all settled into the new enviroments. Fish will be available for reservations shortly so keep checking our blog pages for the next update.
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