How to make money with Koi breeding is a potentially very
lucrative business venture indeed, however as with any business
venture, caution, due diligence and patience are all essential for any
degree of success to be achieved.
It is vital that the breeder does not become so fixated on the
potential profits to be earned that they lose sight and focus of the
more mundane day to day issues, which whilst cumbersome,
onerous and tedious are vital for the long-term success for the project as a whole.
One of the most fundamental issues concerning breeding Koi for
profit is the quality of the parents.
The Koi parents will be responsible for producing more and more
offspring, and so if the source is tainted/less than ideal, then so too will the children.
Many would-be Koi breeders will gasp upon hearing the asking
price for a top quality Koi parent, in reality however this should be
seen as a business investment rather than a business expense.
Professional breeders have been known to spend tens of thousands
of dollars in order to secure a premium parent, and in this business,
it is quality that counts and as an absolute bare minimum figure, you should expect to pay no less than $1000.
It is crucial that you are well aware of the various figures and
amounts involved in this business prior to you actually entering into it.
Given the high value of this particular commodity, (and the high
costs associated with it as well) having sufficient money both in
terms of the capital sums as well as ongoing expenses is a necessity.
Plan your business, your current assets, and your current resources very carefully. In the Koi breeding business, you tend to have to rely upon ranges of numbers, rather than exact amounts.
For example, an adult Koi female when pregnant can give birth to
anywhere between 50,000-500,000 eggs and whilst not every
single egg will fertilise and grow, a significant proportion will.
You need to draw an average figure as to what percentage of the
laid eggs do not develop into Koi fry, and then write that off as a
bad debt, this will have to be included in your profit margins as an expense.
You may need to charge more per fully grown Koi fish in order to offset this drain on your finances.
50,000-500,000 is an exceptionally high number by any stretch of
the imagination and even with the percentage of the eggs that will
fail to grow into fully fledged fry, you are looking at a lot of fish that will gradually grow in size!
Again, you will need to be intimately aware of the amounts of food
that they consume, in order to ensure that they have enough and do not starve.
You may find that some of your fish will grow faster than others
and thus as a result, dominate the food supply meaning that weaker and smaller fry cannot access it.
It is these small details that you have to be the most stringent and in
control of, if you want your breeding Koi for profit to have any sort of measure of success. In the words of that timeless adage:
“Fail to prepare, and you prepare to fail.”
Will you separate the fish from one another as they grow and
develop, and achieve their varying stages of maturity?
This may become essential in the event that a small number of fish
end up bullying and dominating the rest of the pool.
Having the fish segregated from one another will also help make it
your system more organised and methodical, allowing you to start
additional breeding with newly developed adults, in order to
continue the cycle of growth.
However, just because the number of fish being born is increasing,
does not mean that your profit margin is. Make sure that you are at least breaking even before you begin to expand.
Is breeding koi profitable?
Koi breeding can be profitable in one of two ways: 1) You raise baby koi fish and sell them when they are much larger. … Make sure to give your breeding koi couple some privacy when it’s time for them to mate. Koi need a place to lay their eggs.
What time of year do koi lay eggs?
The fish typically spawn when water temperatures are 65° to 70°F. In many ponds, this typically happens between May and June – in late spring and early summer, when the birds and bees start to get busy! Give Them a Love Nest – Like you and me, koi like their privacy when it’s time for them to mate.
How big do koi need to be to breed?
Choose koi that are at least 3 years old. Koi don’t sexually mature until they are about 3 years old. Wait until they are 3 years old to increase their likelihood of breeding and producing quality offspring. Koi are about 10 inches (25 cm) long when they are 3 years old
Can Koi breed with carp?
It depends on the species of carp. Common carp and koi will breed and produce fertile offspring. Bighead carp, grass carp, and black carp might be able to produce viable hybrids with koi (like goldfish do), but the hybrids are likely to be sterile (like mules or koi x goldfish).
How can you tell if a koi fish is pregnant?
How to Tell If Your Koi Is Pregnant
Look at your koi and try to determine whether the belly looks rounded or a bit bumpy in appearance. A pregnant koi will have a very full, almost “bloated” look about it. …
Feed your female koi high amounts of protein before it lays eggs if you are aware of the pregnancy. …
Determine the age of your fish.
How many eggs do koi fish lay?
It is possible though that younger Koi will breed but their offspring will be of poor quality. The female is capable of carrying around 100,000 eggs for every 1kg of body weight. So a female of 10kg in weight will pass 1,000,000 eggs of which 60% will hatch.
I am a koi fish keeper and breeder a husband of beautiful wife Maybel and beautiful daughter May Carl
I have been in fish keeping hobby for over 35 years. Like many kids in the 80's We catch fish in the rivers and canals and kept it in the "pasong" local visayan name for pond. or a large mayo bottle since We don't have aquariums yet on that time. decades later their is a small petshop open in my place and that starts me from buying aquarium and fishes that are sold in the pet store decades later start growing goldfish and koi fish until today.
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