Here are some tips on how to buy your Koi fish. Whether from a pet shop, local dealer, or from the internet.
First things first. Don't be in a rush to buy your Koi fish. Let‘s say you‘re all new to this. There's a pretty good chance you're going to feel overwhelmed. That's normal. Just take your time. It will pay off for you in the long run.
Know this... there are many places to buy your Koi fish. For that reason you want to be cautious where you get them. So where do you look? Well, you can buy your Koi from national catalogs, the internet and at specialty pet shops. That's good, right? Not necessarily. The biggest problem with buying your fish from these sources is that you do not know who you are actually buying from.
Instead, when you go to a pet store, take a moment and look around. Observe the circumstances and conditions of the store. How sanitary is it? Are the tanks clean? What does it smell like? Of course any store selling lots of fish will have a distinct fishy smell. That is common. What is not normal is to smell dead or decaying fish. That's a major clue. That store is not a good place to buy your fish.
When deciding which fish to purchase, examine the fish for certain signs of health. First, does the fish have unclouded eyes? Does it have a protective coat of slime that you can see? Does it have all its scales? Observe the water and how it looks. Are the fish acting strangely at all? Disorientation in the fish may signify poor water quality. You want to be very careful in your purchase.
Is there a better way to buy your Koi fish? You bet. Get them from a nearby dealer, preferably one you already know. Koi dealers are experts. At least they are supposed to be. Buying from Koi dealers is probably your best bet in obtaining a healthy fish. It's worth the effort. To find a Koi dealer in your area, look up your closest Koi club and that will usually lead you in the right direction.
Once you have purchased your fish, it’s important you take care in moving it from the store to your home. Have the store or dealer put your fish in a large plastic bag filled with water. Then, put an elastic tie at the top of the bag to seal it. This will prevent any water from leaking out.
In fact, it might be best to ask for a box to put the bag in to avoid your fish from rolling around in your car. That would be bad. If it is during the day, try to cover the fish with a blanket during the ride home to block it from strong sunlight.
Perhaps you will buy your Koi fish from a dealer on the internet. What do you need to consider when that is the case? Be smart about it. Call the dealer beforehand to check how they ship their Koi. Yes, they should be an expert in shipping Koi. But it is better to be safe than sorry.
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