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Welcome to Shinshiro Koi
Importers of Top Quality Japanese Koi
Christmas Is Coming
If you are struggling for present ideas we have a couple of options which may help you out. Firstly we have our own Gift Vouchers. They are printed up on quality cardstock and can be personalised for the recipient. We can do any value you wish from £10.00 upwards so, if you would like to order one, just give us a call with the details and we can have one on it's way to you in no time. Tel: 0191 488 7487.
Temperatures are too unpredictable now in the North East to be sure it's safe to put new Koi outside so, if you would like to bag a bargain Koi but your pond isn't heated, we are happy to keep it until the water warms up again in Spring.
Winter In JapanWinter-time is almost upon us and temperatures are falling both here and in Japan. I suppose the main difference between the UK and Niigata is that, although temperatures can be quite similar, Niigata is almost guaranteed to get snow. Lots of the stuff !
It can make travel a bit of a pain but everyone has snow tyres and everything keeps moving even if it is a bit more slowly. The Koi breeders actively want this dump of snow because it is the melt-water from all this which will fill the mud-ponds come Spring-time. They get a bit concerned about water shortages in years when they do not get their normal heavy snowfall.
As all of the ponds are harvested and the initial hubbub dies down, our breeder friends will be turning their attention towards selecting their Tategoi. These are the Koi which show the biggest potential for improvement and so will be grown on for another year in the hope that there is a future champion among them. Once they have their Tategoi safely out of the way they will be grading the rest of their stocks to determine what price they want to sell them for next year.
There is no great rush to grade the Koi . Because of the vast amounts of snow it is quite a common occurence for the more out-of-the-way breeders to be completely cut off from the outside world so there is not much else to do all winter but grade their fish.
When we visit a breeder there will be ponds full of Koi at various prices and, after the etiquet of greeting is over, Koizume, our man in Japan, will let us know what these prices are. With 2 year (Nisai) Koi and older there will typically be one or more ponds with a blanket price for each Koi in any given pond. Another separate pond will contain the breeder's best Koi and the fish in here will all be individually priced. There won't be too many different price bands for 1 year (Tosai) Koi with usually a maximum of two options being standard grade and better grade.
There is no rating system for Koi in Japan such as "A" "AAA" or "AAAAA". It is only "¥" "¥¥¥" or "¥¥¥¥¥". Simply put, the more you pay the better the breeder has rated the quality of the Koi in that pond or, if you are looking in the individually priced pond, that particular Koi.
With some breeders you are sometimes given the privilege of viewing their Tategoi but there are risks involved in this. As previously stated, the Tategoi have been tucked away. This will be in a quiet pond where they are not constantly bothered by the likes of us gawping at them. Access is by skinny little planks designed for the weight of Japanese people and on one side is the pond but on the other is a ten foot deep stand-pipe chamber. It feels a little life threatening. The other risk is to your cheque book. Rarely, very rarely you may just be able to persude the breeder to sell you one of these superb Koi which are his future. Be prepared to dig deep, very deep, because there is no way he is going to sell it cheap. It may be a future All Japan Supreme Champion.
WeiPro Pond Heaters
WeiPro Titanium Pond Heaters are a submersible rod type with a titanium tube making them ideal for quarantine systems or smaller ponds. They are durable and reliable with a highly efficient, compact heating element designed for extended use and complete safety.
Takazumi Vital Food
Takazumi Vital has a low fat and medium protein content, which contains all the necessary nutrition for healthy Koi. The ingredients are a specially developed cocktail to stimulate the immune system of your Koi and build up an excellent defence to infections and parasites making it outstanding for use as a winter feed to help your Koi build up strong resistance.
EA Wheatgerm Food
Evolution Aqua’s Wheatgerm pellets have been specially designed as an all year round food, with added benefits for Koi when temperatures are low. The formulation includes Bio-Mos and Omega 6 & 3 to improve the nutrition and overall health of your Koi.