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Tips When Buying Koi Fish

Koi is a freshwater fish of Japanese origin that’s popular for collecting and breeding. Due to the inherent and natural colors as well as the durability of this species of fish, it’s no longer a secret that a lot of people fancy it as a hobby.

So if you are contemplating on purchasing Koi for the first time, it is imperative that you know what you should be buying. Even though the process of buying appears to be straightforward and simple, the fact is there are some very important things you must learn first.

First things first, be sure you’re buying your fish from a credible supplier. It’s not like every Koi out there is the same, which means that you might end up getting one that’s unhealthy or did not undergo quarantine measures. It is important to dig deeper on the legitimacy and identity of the supplier because that’s the only way you will be able to know where your Koi comes from.

In the process of buying Koi, it is also important that you do an actual visit to the place where you’re buying it. You never should rely on photos and videos sent to you online. It’s never the same to that of buying an iPhone or computer. The actual visit gives you the opportunity to examine the fish and see if there are no parasites or fungus.

Because you’re a prospective buyer, it falls within your right to ask questions directed to the seller, more particularly on the Koi’s history. Never purchase a Koi from a seller who fails or declines to give you information as to the origin of the fish as well as how it was transported.

As for quarantine, you will want to know if the fish indeed underwent one and if how long it lasted. The most ideal quarantine period is three weeks at least.

When you’re settled with the seller, it’s time to study and be familiar with the most common types of Koi. The purpose of studying the types is for you to know what you really want. Put in mind that if you choose a young Koi, there’s certainty that its color will change once it grows older. Therefore, it is better to choose a full-grown Koi if you are really very specific about its color patterns and markings.

Today, the most popular types of Koi, which essentially are distinguished based on their color include the Asagi (blue and gray), Bekko (white head and black spots), Hakari Muji (single colored), Hakari Utsuri (metallic sheen), Kin Gin Rin (gold or silver scales), and Kohaku (white color with red markings).

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