After 3 full on days selecting huge amounts of high quality koi we wake up this morning with our final farms to visit. 1st up is Hazorea Aquatics.
Hazorea Aquatics is one of the biggest suppliers of ornamental fish in the world producing up to 14 million goldfish and 1 million koi each year. At Hazorea all koi are produced and reared in one giant Greenhouse this enables the farm to have complete control of the varieties, health and the quality being grown. The advantage of this process is if the farm has shortages in a particular colour of koi, they are able to start production and rear the variety separately and then add to the koi mix once they reach the the suitable size.
From the pictures above it doesn't really show the scale in which this farm.This time of the season the farm is running at full capacity and it is an amazing sight to see the mass of colour in each tank.
On to the Hand Pick
The 2017 season has seen us use Hazorea aquatics for our small sized koi which you often find some of the high grade Tosai in the Grow on Koi section. All season long we have been working very close with the breeders here at Hazorea to bring you the customer the highest grade koi available.
On the back of 2017, this year will see us not only select the high grade Grow On Koi but also some larger sizes too. Having communicated prior to our visit with the koi breeders we pin pointed some varieties we were looking for.
First on the list of selected koi we requested were the eye watering Kumonryu's we have been purchasing all season from Hazorea last year. They didn't disappoint !!
Next on our list of varieties is Tancho. Here we were looking for Tancho kohaku, Tancho Sanke plus any other Tancho koi the farm had to offer.
Some unusual Koi
Some koi we came across in this video which we have not found else where the Karashigoi, Tancho kujaku and Doitsu Beni kikokuryu very deep red colour. All these fish were snapped up straight away.
Moving swiftly on..
After selecting through the very best larger fish Hazorea had to offer we then moved on to the slightly smaller species picking through 11 "koi and also some 7" koi.
Here are a few examples of the Extremely high grade 11" koi we selected. Consisting of pretty much all colours and varieties. This will be a lovely mix of koi when added together. Here you see just some of the fish we have purchased.
Also selected here were the 7" Koi pictured below .
This completes our koi buying from Hazorea and what a day it has been. Overall the quality of the koi being produced here just get better and better year after year. The farmers have clearly been working very hard to prepare for this trip and all there hard work hasnt gone unnoticed. Many thanks To Hazorea for the hospitality and for giving us the chance to select these lovely koi.
Continued Day 4 Colourfish
Colour Fish is the farm that produces the very best high grade Fancy Goldfish in the whole of Israel . Here we often find some stunning Orandas,Ranchus, Ryukins and others.
Yet again another perk to visiting the fish farm is having the ability to hand select our own stock . Here the farm had prepared some tanks with some Oranads we had requested earlier in the trip.
These fish are reared in huge volumes and the quality easily rivals Chinese or Japanese breeders. The orandas are a quirky looking goldfish with what is often described as a brain shaped jelly on there head.
Some thing a little different shall we say for fish keepers. We also looked through a number of new varieties the farm is working on and also picked up a few on the way. Below you will see the Telescope eys and the Ranchus we selected through.
This was a nice way to finish our trip. This year we have picked some incredible koi and cant wait to get them back to the UK. To everyone in Israel who have made this trip so special we Thank You.
Keep checking our blog and website for updates on the new fish arrival date.