It’s a lot of fun but it takes a long time.To breed for a profit, it is important to choose koi that show the physical attributes you are looking for in your offspring.The percentage of eggs that hatch and survive their early weeks of life can be increased by keeping the pond clean.
Step 1: You can choose koi that are at least three years old.
They are not sexually mature until they are about 3 years old.They should be 3 years old to increase their chances of breeding and producing quality offspring.When they are 3 years old, yoko are 25 cm long.
Step 2: There should be at least 1 male and 1 female in the pond.
The male and female have the same appearance.The males have small white growths on their heads and pectoral fins.You will end up with baby koi if you remove any that you don’t want to breed.Males will chase females around the pond once they start breeding.There are multiple male koi in the same pond.
Step 3: You can replicate attributes by selecting koi that have them.
Take into account the attributes that you want for your offspring.If you want a certain fin shape, choose koi that show it.Regardless of what physical characteristics you want, try to choose koi that have healthy looking scales and are at least 10 inches (25 cm) long.If you are looking for a certain color, choose parents that demonstrate it.If you use a child’s pet for breeding, be aware that the koi can suffer torn fins, cuts, and sometimes death, during the breeding process.If you’re worried about your pet’s injuries, take them to a vet.
Step 4: In the late-spring or early-summer you can breed koi.
The weather is warm and the water temperature is rising.Up to 1 million eggs can be produced by koi.The males should be removed from the pond if you don’t have enough capacity for baby koi.You will need a pond that is 3 feet deep and 6 feet wide.A larger pond is needed for more koi.
Step 5: The water needs to be kept clean.
A clean pond is important for the health of the fish.The water in the pond should be kept clean during the breeding season.These are necessary for breeding.Pond filters can be purchased from pet stores or specialty fish shops.You may need to clean your pond completely if it’s dirty or filled with algae.
Step 6: A skimmer net can be used to remove debris from the water.
Thespawn should be protected from the debris in the pond.A skimmer net or a similar scoop tool can be used to remove anything that might harm the koi.Skimmer nets can be purchased.If cats or birds approach the pond, cover it with nets to protect it.To secure the pond with heavy rocks, use a piece of net that is large enough to cover it.
Step 7: Feed your fish.
Keep the koi well fed for a month before you breed them.They can finish in 5 minutes if you feed them as much as you can.Wholemeal bread, oranges and whole lettuces are high in vitamins.This helps support their bodies for breeding, so increase the amount of food you give them.Pets can purchase supplements from a store.Feed instructions can be found on the back of the packet.
Step 8: The pond has a fry mat in it.
The mat gives the koi a place to lay their eggs.If they can’t find a place to lay their eggs, they will not always mate.The mat should be placed at the bottom of the pond.A fry mat can be purchased from a pet store.
Step 9: Prepare a separate tank for the adult fish.
It is important to remove the adult koi as they will eat many of the eggs if you want to breed a large number of them.The koi tank needs to be clean and has a filter system.If you want to breed a small number of fish, leave the adults in the pond.Purchase a fish tank from the store.You will need an aquarium that is at least 100 gallons.
Step 10: The koi should be left to mate.
The process can take a few weeks or it can happen immediately.If the koi don’t look interested in each other initially, that’s not a problem.Be patient and let nature take its course as a storm, full moon or change in air temperature can encourage the koi to mate.You can see the eggs on the fry mat if you look at the top of the water.
Step 11: Look for froth or scum on the water.
This shows that the spawn has been released.Eggs are formed immediately by the male koi.The eggs will hatch in about 4 days.As soon as you notice the eggs or froth on the water, remove the parents from the pond.
Step 12: The baby should be fed powdered koi pellets after 10 days.
If you want to make a fine powder, crush up the koi pellets with a mortar and pestle.The pond has powder over it.The powder will last the fish for about 5 minutes.Feed the fish four times a day.Continue to feed the baby until they are 4 weeks old.You will learn how much food the baby will eat over time.It can take a few days for the koi to get used to the powdered food.You should feed the fish 10 days after you notice the eggs.
Step 13: The size of the food should be increased when the koi are a month old.
The koi should be introduced to crumb size pellet pieces at 4 weeks old.You don’t need a fine powder to crush the pellets.
Step 14: If you are breeding for profit, you should kill any weak fish.
If you want to breed koi for profit, you will need to kill some of the fish.If you want to find the color patterns you are looking for, you need to identify the koi that are small or have physical disabilities.Make sure the koi are culled in a humane manner.You don’t have to dispose of the fish.If they are healthy, give them away to friends or family.It is best to wait until their patterns emerge so that you can choose to keep the koi with your favorite colorings.
Step 15: The baby koi are three inches long.
The parent koi become friendly with their offspring as the baby gets bigger.This is a good time to bring the parents back to the pond.3 months is how long it takes a baby koi to reach 3 inches.