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!
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Challenging Domestic Koi Misconceptions

By Ellen Kloubec / February 24, 2024 / 0 Comments

There’s a prevailing misconception that domestic koi are of lower quality than their Japanese counterparts. However, it’s important to note that both domestic and Japanese koi originate from the same roots — challenging the notion of inherent superiority. Domestic koi often match or surpass the quality of imported koi, regardless of the national origin of […]

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USDA APHIS Vet Training at Kloubec Koi Farm

By Ellen Kloubec / January 27, 2024 / 0 Comments

UDSA APHIS veterinarians from all across the country and Canada participated in multi-day training exercises at the Kloubec farm and USDA laboratory. Along with workshops the training curriculum included a “mock-investigation” of a fish disease outbreak.

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Five Tips to Identify Sanke and Showa Koi

By Ellen Kloubec / May 22, 2023 / 6 Comments

Many hobbyists love Sanke and Showa koi — the tri-colored koi that are white, red and black — yet they often struggle to distinguish one variety from the other. I am often asked, “Are they white fish with red and black markings, or black fish with red and white markings? How do I tell the […]

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Varieties of Robed Koi

Koromo or ‘Robed Koi’ Dazzles Collectors

By Ellen Kloubec / February 26, 2023 / 0 Comments

Language of Koi The Koromo or Robed Koi is a fairly new variety. Developed between 1945 – 1950 in Japan, the variety emerged as a by-product of Goshiki breeding. Both varieties, Koromo and Goshiki, are grouped together for judging purposes and compete against each other at most koi shows. Koromo are white, non-metallic koi having […]

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The Dramatic Beauty of Doitsu Koi

By Ellen Kloubec / February 24, 2022 / 0 Comments

Doitsu koi are gaining in popularity with backyard pond owners. These koi without scales truly are a beautiful addition to any koi pond or collection. They stand out brilliantly in pond water due to the absence of scales, bright colors and a dramatic overall appearance. Metallic-variety Doitsu koi usually have dazzling iridescent skin, which can […]

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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 / 2 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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