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Koi & Their Perceived Value

Here is a video that helps new hobbyists begin to understand Koi and their perceived value. I personally would have titled this piece "Why Koi Fish CAN SOMETIMES be so Expensive", as some are within anyone's budget that would want them."Some of the info in this video is a little off, but for the most part it is generally informative if you don't understand the world of Koi. No matter I can tell you that some people have more money than sense to pay 1.8 million for a fish!

New for 2018

HKF Pond

(a new division of Hanover Koi Farms)

Full Service Pond, Watergarden, and Water Feature Construction & Maintenance


Over the many years in the Koi business we have seen and heard many horror stories from our customers associated not only with new pond design and function, but with the maintenance associated with them as well! Not only does a pond have to be designed properly , the maintenance has to be done in a very specific way or the fish may be negatively affected or even killed. Cleanouts especially for example are one of the most common ways fish are killed or stressed directly or indirectly. I say indirectly because the fish are put back into the cleaned pond , but they were not re-acclimated back to the pond properly. They are still alive but then 2 to 3 weeks (or more) later they start showing signs of illness! This is usually a sign that the fish were severely stressed while in storage during the cleanout, or when they were put back into the newly cleaned pond with new water and not acclimated properly. Most often however folks don't realize that the symptoms of ill health or fish deaths that they are seeing 2-3 weeks after are a direct result of an improperly done cleanout!

The reason for these horror stories is due to the fact that new builds, maintenance and cleanouts are done by landscape companies that specialize in just that...the landscaping around the pond, watergarden or water feature!

At HKF Pond we have the landscape expertise as well,  but more importantly we are experts in ALL aspects related to these features with special emphasis on the water clarity and fish health and safety.

So new for the 2018 season we would like to announce a new branch of Hanover Koi Farms ...HKF Pond... With this we will be doing all facets of pond, watergarden and water feature construction, and full service maintenance. This is to include cleanouts of all these type of  features. Ponds, watergardens and water features are three very specific and distinct features from one another, and it is very important you know which you have or which you want to have built. To see a detailed description of the difference between these outdoor features click here. At the bottom of that linked page as well is a contact form if you are interested in a FREE ESTIMATE , and/or  to schedule  a FREE Limited CONSULTATION for new builds or maintenance.

We WILL respond to all emails inquiries within 24 hours!

In previous years we did only designing of ponds, as well as selling of the equipment associated with them. We will still be continuing to do so, but now  with the formation of  HKF Pond  we will also be involved with watergardens, and water features like pondless waterfalls and such. As well we will be  selling all the required equipment associated with each.  You can be assured we will be using only proven techniques and equipment that we know work, is reliable, and as maintenance free as possible. With our many years experience in this industry you can be assured of quality all the way around! We know how to protect and care for your investment in fish!

So contact us preferably by using the this link to submit a Free Estimate Request form located here; or contact us by email to [email protected] Phone call inquiries are the least preferred method of contacting us as we do not have anyone manning the phone full time.

We WILL respond to all emails inquiries within 24 hours!

Cleanout Service

A typical pond or watergarden cleanout service will include the following;


Testing of existing pond water before cleanout.


Complete draining of entire system                   Removal of all fish (if applicable)


Each individual fish will be inspected               Fish will be stored safely in a

for health and injuries                                        separate adequately sized tank


Storage tank will be monitored during               Complete power washing and

cleanout and tested for water quality                  rinsing of entire system, streams

and filters


Inspection for damage of liner, and all                Trimming or removal of aquatic

associated pond equipment & filters                     plants as needed


Re filling of pond to the point                            Complete site cleanup after

of  safe re-acclimation of fish                             cleanout


Testing of newly added source water for determination of safety, and recommending of what may be need to correct.


Important Cleanout Notes;


For cleanout service there is an initial service fee of $95. Each cleanout is billed on a time and material basis of $85 per hour starting with the first hour on site and for each hour until complete.Using the information you supply on the form below we can usually give you a reasonable ballpark total that you cleanout will cost. The more accurate the info you supply to us, the more accurate we can be on out estimate of total cost per cleanout.

 Any trucked- in or water purchases needed to refill the pond or watergarden will be the cost responsibility of the customer unless otherwise noted, and will then be additional to the original cleanout quote.

After the cleanout the pond will be filled with our supervision only to the point to safely accept and reacclimate the fish. This is usually around two feet in depth maximum. Complete filling and monitoring will otherwise be the responsibility of the customer unless otherwise noted, and then may be an additional charge for time on an hourly basis.

The costs of any water additives such as dechlorinator, baking soda, salt etc. are not included but can be supplied for additional costs.


Additional Services Available

A cleanout is the perfect time to address others issues that may need to be addressed. The services and materials listed below will be an additional cost to the original cleanout quote unless otherwise noted. These services will be offered at preferred pricing because we are already on site.

The permanent removal of all rocks and gravel from the bottom of the pond as this is not a healthy environment for the fish, you, your pets, or water quality and clarity.

Replacing old or improper filter media like lava rocks, bioballs, scrubbie pads etc, as these are not functional in a biofilter and impede proper mechanical and biological filtration.

Adding a UV light is a must for crystal clear water and green water control. A UV light is the only practical solution for green water algae control.

Topical treatment of fish with injuries, ulcers or fungal issues.

Treatment of  entire pond and fish for parasite, bacterial, and fungal issues.


We also have a prepay program that will get you preferred pricing and scheduling for cleanouts! We  get booked quite quickly in the spring and since all cleanouts are done on a first come first serve basis make sure you contact us BEFORE spring if possible. The sooner you contact us the sooner you can get on the cleanout schedule.

 The request for estimate form below is primarily designed to accommodate a  ballpark quote for cleanouts. Cleanouts and service work are billed on a time and material basis however. With this info we can in most cases give you a fairly accurate estimate of the total cost your work will be without a site visit being required. This helps keep total costs down. However the request form can also be used for quotes for new ponds, upgrades and additions,  repairs etc. Not all info on form is required for these type things. Simply tell us what you are looking for in the "Message" part of the form.

Request Your Free Estimate Today!

Submit your request here and and let us design and build your dream pond, water garden, or water feature! Need a cleanout? We specialize in those!

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The New HKF

All winter long Chris and I have been working on this new website. Finally we are able to launch it in time for the upcoming 2017 season. It is not 100% complete but close to it! Every single article has been updated, and this includes new information added to each. As well, we have added tons of photos and videos to make learning about Koi a little more enjoyable. Not to mention I needed something to break up my long winded articles LOL. We added more symptoms with photos and videos to better help you diagnose any issues you may have with your fish. No one has a more comprehensive website for Koi!

Also new this season, in the near future we will be holding online auctions for Koi on the website! This feature will be available sometime after we open for the season and get the fish from the ponds to auction. These will primarily be larger fish or packages of multiple smaller fish. With an auction format you will have a much better chance of getting some great fish below retail!

We are Expanding!

In addition to the new website, the other big news this season is that we are growing the business and expanding our inventory! No, not more fish...we already have more of those than anyone Duh! We will have a very nice selection of pond plants again, including lilies and all the most popular varieties of water plants and marginals. Even bigger news is we will be carrying outdoor and pond associated statuary, chimaneas, bird feeders and much more as the season progresses! We also increased our pond equipment line as well!

More Fish Then EVER!

The retail tanks will be overflowing with thousands of great fish soon! We have more fish than ever, and many new varieties that you have not seen in a while. As usual, you will be pleasantly overwhelmed at our selection. No other place comes close to our selection of Koi and Butterfly Koi. We truly do have more fish in more varieties then you've ever seen!

It's worth the drive!

So, if you are looking for Koi or Butterfly Koi, you need to make the trip to the farm. We can say with confidence that you will not find a better selection ANYWHERE! We promise you will be delightfully overwhelmed at the huge selection and the great pricing! If you are within a day's drive of the farm, we would highly recommend you make the trip. No one has ever been disappointed! Many folks drive as long as eight hours or more to come here, and some even fly in to be able to personally pick their own fish. If for some reason you can't make the trip, you can always buy one of our package deals online, and we personally will pick an awesome variety of fish for you. You should also keep in mind, however, that we are also very close to Amish country in Lancaster, as well as historic Gettysburg. So you can even make it part of a long weekend or vacation and pick them yourself.