News, Events, & Specials
Hanover Koi Farms LLC
We get calls and emails literally daily from folks that purchased sick Koi from Ebay or Koi that have made their entire existing population sick two to four weeks after adding them with their fish. I can tell you for sure that 99% of the sellers of Koi there are not qualified to be dealing in fish! Most of them do not even know the proper breed/variety names of the fish they are selling! Yes, I will agree the fish are cheap there, both in price and quality, but you get what you pay for. In the long run those cheap, low quality fish could end up killing all of your existing fish. So is that really a good deal? No, in the long run it will cost you dearly when they infect and kill fish you may have had for years. There is a reason they sell these fish so cheaply believe me. With this in mind how much do you think they know about the proper care and treatment of Koi, if they don’t know the variety names? Many folks that experience problems within two to four weeks after adding Ebay fish do not realize what happened because of the delay in symptoms showing up, and therefore never fully realize the problem was brought in by the Ebay fish. This 2 to 4 weeks is the magic time it takes for these ” typhoid Mary ” fish to infect the others.
One of the top sellers on Ebay is also guilty of not knowing the proper variety names, but they also sell both domestic fish from the USA and fish from Israel. Understand that Israeli fish are some of the most dangerous Koi out there as for being carriers of the deadly Koi Harpers virus! So if these sellers do not know the proper variety names of the fish they are selling, you can easily conclude they do not know much about Koi husbandry, treatments, and biosecurity. Also in bringing in dangerous fish from Israel, there is a very strict , time consuming and costly quarantine that needs to be followed. The minimum time these Israeli fish should be isolated in quarantine is six months! This place openly admits that they only do a two week quarantine! If they knew what they were doing they would not be doing such a short, and most likely inefficient quarantine. Also the quarantine protocol for handling such dangerous fish if very specific and complicated, and I doubt they have a clue. The biggest problem with these Israeli fish is they can be carriers of the KHV virus and not get sick or show symptoms themselves. However under the right conditions and stress factors they can infect your existing fish!
This year the amount of emails and phone calls about these issues have drastically increased, and especially about fish purchased from the most popular sellers on Ebay. These “puppy mill” type Koi sellers are really damaging this wonderful hobby! After all who wants to spend all that money on building a beautiful pond only to fill it with dangerous and even sickly Koi? If you still choose to buy from these very dangerous places, then you had better set up a proper quarantine tank, and properly quarantine and treat them PRIOR to adding with your existing population of fish. As stated if you get imported fish from Israel, you should plan to quarantine them for at least six months, and learn the proper way to quarantine for possible viral carriers.
You should read these two articles from our website to learn more about Koi pathogens, and proper quarantine.
Pond & Filtration Design
We are no longer involved with pond construction and maintenance itself, but we still are doing pond and filtration designs. We simply do not have the time to supervise these construction and maintenance jobs the way we would like.
Simply email us at sal[email protected] and we can discuss your needs and budget.
New Grade Of Fish at HKF
As most of you know, here at HKF we sell Koi and Butterfly Koi by size as well as three primary grades. Our grades from lowest to highest are: Select Grade, Premium Grade, and John’s Pick Grade. We are adding a new grade for Internet sales primarily called “John’s Picks Two Point Ohh! or JP 2.Oh! for short. The Ohh! is because these are the best of the best, handpicked fish from the normal John’s Pick quality fish as the best of the bunch. They will be some of the best you can get at HKF, or some of the most unique found anywhere in the world! They will be priced fairly consistently depending on the sizes. So look for them coming soon to our online store!
Koi Herpes Virus (KHV)
A Serious Issue Out There!
LET ME BE CLEAR….WE do not and have never had this virus. This article is to help those that buy fish from multiple places…especially imported fish.
Biology, History, Quarantine, and what it means to you.
For those of you that don’t already know, this virus was viciously sweeping through the Koi world both nationally and especially internationally starting back around the early 2000’s. It is still around today and actually known to be in many wild streams, lakes and rivers in the USA and abroad. Japan still to this day has serious issues with this virus. As a matter of fact, now in 2019 it has hit quite a few Japanese breeders to some degree, and as well some of these fish were sent to the USA after they were unknowingly purchased by some American dealers. Of course these fish were sold and purchased without the breeders or the USA dealers knowing the virus was present. You see fish can carry the virus until certain stress factors as well as changing temperatures and ranges that cause the virus to break. Carrier fish can have the virus and never get sick themselves. However once introduced to naive fish the virus can and will spread! Some of these dealers that got the virus did the right thing and announced it to the public. I can assure you others got the virus and did not even realize it, and therefore sold the fish! Back when it started there was widespread panic running through the Koi world. Because it is still around and common you still need to be VERY careful where you acquire your fish.
It has always been an important factor where you purchase your fish, but today it is even more important with the recent outbreaks in Imported Koi. There are many farms and dealers out there that do not have the proper quarantine, treatment and biosecurity measures in place, and this has caused the spread of this virus to continue to this day in 2019. How bad is it? Well it is so bad that here at Hanover Koi Farms we have closed the doors to any imported fish whatsoever, be it foreign or domestic, and have been a closed farm since 2007! . Even though we are totally set up biosecurity-wise for bringing in fish from outside sources, we will no longer do it. We have one of the most biosecure farms on the planet, as well as extremely good quarantine protocols, but to further protect my farm from the virus, we have closed the doors to any fish from outside sources. For the most part we never did this anyway, except for purchasing new broodstock. I would love to get some more broodstock from Jap[an but it is simply too dangerous with these recent outbreaks over there. The problem over there is far worse than most hobbyists know.
So with that said, if you still decide to purchase imported fish, then do the proper research and ask them what their protocol is as for assuring their fish do not have this virus. At minimum make sure they have a good biosecurity program in play. This includes a separate system for fish from each breeder they purchase from. If they allow fish from multiple breeders come in contact with each other, there is a far greater risk that they could contaminate their entire population if any one breeder sold carrier fish! then it is a MUST to have a proper quarantine setup. These fish should be in the Quarantine for at least a year in my opinion. Also there is a very specific protocol for housing and treating these fish during the QT process.
More importantly though is that you have a proper QT system that is completely separated by distance and other means from your existing population. The time frame is up to you but as I said I would QT them for at least a year under very specific and controlled protocols. I can’t stress enough how serious this issue is right now, and how dangerous it is to buy Imported fish without the proper quarantine.
While there is testing available for this virus, to date these test are simply not reliable. There is currently NO TEST that can assure with 100% certainty that a fish is not a carrier of this deadly virus. So do not risk your current population no matter whether the fish have been tested or not!
You can read more about proper quarantine on our website at the link below;
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 most Koi sold 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!
UPDATE: 10/10/19 This Koi in the video below, purchased for 1.8 million dollars has died!
With that said, understand that the world of Koi and their value is very similar to the world of Dogs. Their are mutts, full breeds, and show winners! Yes there are actually Koi shows. Understand now that Koi are not all valuable just because they are Koi! As a matter of fact, most Koi sold in the USA are considered “mutts”. These are low grade flock -spawned fish of poor quality. Here at HKF all of our fish are selectively bred for superior quality. With that said we still offer various grades of these selectively bred Koi to meet anyone’s budget. Read our website, or better yet come to the farm and we can teach you what makes one Koi better than another, and thus more valuable. This is clearly visible in our grading sytem and pricing.
Understand that the majority of the Koi offspring do not even make the cut here at the farm. Anywhere from 50% to 95% of each spawn is culled and only the smallest percentage make the cut to our retail tanks! So don’t pay too much for “mutt” Koi just because they are Koi. The Koi that do not make it are referred to as “culls” and this is the grade being sold by many places out there! Not here at HKF! We can show you the difference in person when you come to the farm and you will quickly see the difference in our fish as compared to what you have seen elsewhere.
So Understand the difference in grades of Koi and pick whichever grade suites your taste and budget. You can see out price list and grading system here: https://hanoverkoifarms.com/koi-price-list/
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.