Pond building expert, Jamie Beyer, helps answer the question from a reader about “Pond Aeration Placement During the Winter.” If you live were your ponds are exposed to cold winters you will want to be sure to take a look at this QnA.
Fish, Koi, Goldfish
Selling koi is all about knowing what to talk about. Take a look at the koi variety – Doitsu Sanke and learn what to point out to your customers to close that sale. Includes a quick look at three outstanding Doitsu Sanke.
Seeing is believing as they say and the Kumonryu (koo – mon –roo) variety of koi is probably the most fascinating of them all. See and learn how Kumonryu (translated means “Nine Crested Dragon”) are different from other koi varieties.
Even low levels of toxins can cause fish loss. A must read article about the signs for metal toxicity and what to do about it. When you thought you knew everything about water quality, there is more you need to know. Included are places to look to see if you are adding metals to your pond water and suggestions on what pond contractors and pond maintenance companies, and retailers can offer to their customers as solutions.
Koi can pretty much sell themselves, but keeping them alive until they are sold can be handled best by your employees. Learn what tasks they should perform and why, including feeding, cleaning and medicating. Customers will appreciate a sales staff that understands fish care, and being responsible for the health of the koi will help them pass that knowledge along to your clients.
Kujaku are distinctive with their metallic skin and Matsuba scales (net-like pattern). Read about the challenges and surprising results in breeding this variety of koi. See how dramatically they change in their first year, and what to look for in a Kujaku.
When your customer comes into the store and says, “I want a Tancho Sanke,” do you know what that means? Do you know what beni, matsuba, shiro, tosai, yodan Kohaku means? As the professional, you need to know these Japanese words and terms used commonly in the koi industry. Here is a quick, illustrated list of some of the more common words you will hear, explained simply and clearly.
There are three basic types of jobs in the koi business – buying/importing koi, selling koi and customer service. Learn from a well-known distributor the art of selling koi. What is the number one problem you want to avoid? Begin with step 1, buying koi/importing, in this first article by Mr. Mamoru Kodama. Included are tips on buying, quarantining and caring for your koi shipments.
A very in-depth and informative article that you need to read if you have a koi pond. Jamie shares his 17 years of successful koi keeping through the very harsh midwest winters. The simple techniques outlined here can help the hobby of keeping koi to prosper, even in areas where it is very cold. For those of you in warmer climates, this is a good read for you too.
Grand Champions traditionally have been selected from the Gosanke class – Kohaku, Sanke and Showa; now Shiro Utsuri are strong contenders for this prestigious award. Learn how to select a young Shiro Utsuri. Find answers to whether yellow on the nose is a problem and what the black should look like.