Ellen and her husband, Myron, began their aquaculture business in 1981, and their farm consists of 80-acres of mud-ponds. Together with their son, Nick, they raise and supply healthy & hardy koi to wholesale customers throughout the USA and Canada. Ellen loves all things koi. She enjoys Koi Shows & Watergarden Tradeshows where she has built lasting friendships. Many hobbyists and celebrities have relied on Ellen when looking for the perfect koi. Ellen hand-selected the Kloubec breeder fish while in Japan. The koi spawning season is her favorite time of year when the breeders are indoors in the hatchery. "Experimenting with different pairings is a passion. It's so rewarding to harvest beautiful little koi and see your vision come to life." Additionally, Ellen enjoys being with her family and their dogs, you'll even find pictures of them on the Kloubec website!

Recognizing Koi Stress and Remedies

By Ellen Kloubec / February 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

We all know that stress is a part of everyday life, and you probably have your own methods of coping with it. Although you may not realize it, koi experience trauma related to stress as well. Because of their size, koi appear to be very hardy fish, and they are — as long as their […]

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Koi Colors and Patterns of Utsurimono Variations

By Ellen Kloubec / April 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

Utsurimono is a class of koi that, by definition, is a non-metallic black color combined with a secondary color. It is one of the classifications considered for judging purposes. Shiro Utsuri koi is the most common type in this class, and it is held in very high regard. At some koi shows in the United […]

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Language of Koi | Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Tanks and Ponds

By Ellen Kloubec / April 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Fish need oxygen! Adequate amounts of dissolved oxygen are crucial for all pond and fish life. Unfortunately, oxygen is one of the most overlooked parameters of water quality in the retail setting, as well as in koi ponds. Low dissolved oxygen (DO) is an underestimated cause of many fish losses. As a koi seller, it […]

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Language of Koi | Nishikigoi Bring a Slice of the Rainbow to the Pond

By Ellen Kloubec / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

The pond build is complete! Water parameters are in check, and oxygen levels are adequate. Congratulations — you’ve created the ideal pond environment for your customer. The next step is to introduce koi into the pond because, after all, koi are the highlight of the water garden experience. They really are living jewels. Just like […]

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Language of Koi | Tips for Koi Selection

By Ellen Kloubec / August 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

How many times have your pond customers asked for your help to select koi to purchase? What is the best way to help customers select koi fish to buy? There is no right or wrong way for customers to pick or select koi that they’d like to buy. Everyone has an opinion and personal taste […]

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Language of Koi | Understanding Kohaku Patterns

By Ellen Kloubec / May 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

In this article, you will learn about identifying the ever-popular Kohaku patterns. Both body and head patterns will be discussed. Armed with this knowledge, you can help your aquatic customers discern between the different patterns and select a fish that they desire to purchase. Kohaku is one of the most popular varieties of koi. Often […]

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The Top Six, Kohaku Head Patterns

By Ellen Kloubec / April 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

>> Feature Article | Language of Koi: Understanding Kohaku Patterns (1) The Tancho pattern refers to a single hi spot that is exclusive to the head. No other hi plates are present on these koi. The lone hi patch should be circular and symmetrical and sit on the center of the koi’s head. Ideally, it […]

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Koi Differences | Understanding Hikari Utsuri & Hikari Moyo Koi

By Ellen Kloubec / October 27, 2016 / 0 Comments

In the previous installment of Language of Koi, we learned how to distinguish between metallic and non-metallic skin on koi, as well as how to identify the characteristic known as luster. We also explored the single-colored, metallic-skinned koi in the Hikari Muji class. Now we will study the other two Hikari classes of koi, Hikari […]

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Five Easy Ways to Identify Your Koi

By Ellen Kloubec / April 30, 2015 / 1 Comment

So, you have a black and white koi and you’re not sure if it is a Shiro Bekko or Shiro Utsuri. There are many similarities between the two varieties…as well as distinct differences. Some characteristics are easy to recognize. The subtle differences will become familiar with practice. Both varieties have only two colors: black and […]

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Ponds: Miracle Water is Possible!

By Ellen Kloubec / December 28, 2014 / 1 Comment

Water quality and clarity are extremely important in any fish retail setting. Live koi and goldfish are very appealing when happily swimming in crystal clear water. An aesthetically pleasing display pond draws the customer in with the soothing sounds from a babbling brook and the brilliant colors of koi and goldfish. But, if the water […]

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