Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Nishikigoi Niigata Direct

Nishikigoi Niigata Direct have just completed building their new koi house and as can be seen above are now filling the ponds with water for the first time. This exciting new venture is the joining together of three well known Japanese koi farms from the Niigata Prefecture, Oomo, Kaneko and Marusho. The three breeders have all been friends for years and with the help of Tamikazu Kobayashi, this fish house will be their retail facility for their koi.

As Niigata is the birth place of koi there are naturally many great koi farms in close vicinity, but due to the earthquake in 2004 and recent KHV scares some have struggled to get back to full strength. Indeed the three breeders have produced slightly less koi this year but judging by the pictures they are still of the great quality that they are famous for. They hope that by pooling their resources together and trading on their reputations as producing some of the best koi in the business, they can produce a strong international brand that can compete with the bigger farms.
Currently the three farms are busy harvesting the koi from their mud ponds, but when ready they will go into the fish house ponds which will be the formal start of Nishikigoi Niigata Direct. The fish house and ponds are all built above ground from solid concrete, of which the design proved effective in resisting the forces of the 2004 earthquake on other farms. You can see some of their beautiful koi as they are being harvested on their site Koi-breeders.jp and photos of the fish house construction.



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