Believe it or not, it’s not as crazy as you might think to breed Koi fish for profit, as thousands around the world have done so with decent success rates. Knowing how to do it, though, is another matter altogether; let’s review exactly what you need to do in order to breed Koi fish for profit and turn a very unique source of income into a business and a successful and profitable endeavor.
What’s Your Breeding Stock Like?
First and foremost, it’s critical that you have a good Koi breeding stock to source from and begin breeding on your own, or else your job may be over before it begins. A good stock means working with a good supply of quality fish, and you may need to spend a considerable amount of money to ensure biological and genetic diversity as you get started breeding Koi.
Get Your Breeding Ponds In Order
The next most important aspect of breeding Koi fish is having a high quality space for them to live and grow. Breeding ponds don’t have to be expensive, but you must ensure that they are safe and secure from predators and adequately cared for. In addition, it’s critical that you use specialized filtration equipment to generate clean water levels that are healthy and sustainable.
Don’t forget proper nutrition!
When you finally spawn your first generation of newly-bred Koi fish, congratulations – now the fun part starts! You must feed them hatched brine shrimp and crushed Koi pellets to ensure that their skin and scales are bright orange, and that they are healthy and vibrant. Feeding isn’t cheap, but it will finally help you reach the culling process, which can be one of the most difficult parts of breeding Koi for profit.
Culling takes the right perspective
When it comes to culling Koi, well, you can’t have a queasy stomach about it. Certain fish won’t look great and won’t be good to sell to breeders or homeowners, and just need to be removed to ensure you maintain the genetic stock. Because of that, it’s important to cull out the ones you need to remove, and do it humanely and quickly.
Selling: The endgame
For most breeders, selling Koi isn’t the easiest thing in the world, as it takes time to build up a reputation. But rest assured that with hard work and a transparent process that shows buyers what you have been able to accomplish, you can, over time, breed Koi successfully and turn your past time into a profitable venture. Be patient, and be ready to invest some time and money to get started -you can do it!
Some breeders have been known to make $75,000 dollars per year from the breeding of koi but everyone’s profit will vary based on factors like genetic stock, health of the koi, how much time breeders put into the business and how well your reputation as a seller carries you. Whether you are part time or full time in this business you can make some decent money as long as you have healthy fish with the colors that buyers want. For more on keeping your koi healthy please visit my site:
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Originally posted 2015-09-22 09:09:14.