On Saturday I made a visit to see Paul Birchall and Tim Waddington at Quality Nishikigoi.

Quality Nishikigoi is located in Warrington, Lancashire, just minutes from junction 21 of the M6 motorway, indeed the glass house and polytunnel in which Quality Nishikigoi is situated can be seen to the left of the southbound carriageway just before reaching the junction.

Map showing location of Quality Nishikigoi

Map showing location of Quality Nishikigoi

Follow this link – https://goo.gl/maps/Yja18xVorHu – to see the interactive Google Maps version.

Quality Nishikigoi clearly signposted from Woolston Grange Avenue

Quality Nishikigoi clearly signposted from Woolston Grange Avenue

Quality Nishikigoi clearly signposted from Woolston Grange Avenue

Quality Nishikigoi clearly signposted from Woolston Grange Avenue

Whilst Quality Nishikigoi is a relatively new business, it is backed up with a wealth of experience in its 2 hands on directors, Paul Birchall and Tim Waddington.  Tim literally has a lifetime of Koi experience, having been exposed to Koi at a very early age and worked in the business all his adult life.  Paul has been a hobbyist for over 20 years and, before going into business with Tim, was one of his customers.

As mentioned, Quality Nishikigoi occupies a glasshouse and a polytunnel, the glasshouse being the retail sales area, the polytunnel the all important quarantine area, with a combined copacity of over 20,000 gallons.

The images below show the retail Koi house which as you can see is open and spacious.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Quality Nishikigoi Retail Koi House

Tim feeding some of the Koi in the retail Koi house

Tim feeding some of the Koi in the retail Koi house

Quality Nishikigoi stock Koi of all qualities, hand selected on their numerous visits to Japan (Tim is about to undertake his 5th trip in 12 months).  In addition they can source all levels of Koi to customer order.  Over the years Tim has sourced and supplied Grand Champion Koi to hobbyists in several countries, and recently Koi supplied by Paul and Tim have achieved success in Japan, the wall pictures showing them with trophies at the Nagaoka Koi Show.

Picture wall

Picture wall

Quality Nishikigoi and Evolution Aqua are situated just a few miles apart, and Tim and EA share an extremely long relationship dating back to the start of the company.  Tim remains a strong advocate of the EA range of products, and effectively the complete Quality Nishikigoi set up is run using them.  You can find Nexus 320, 220, MicroBeads, air pumps, water pumps and UV all running at Quality Nishikigoi.  Anyone in the North West of England thinking of building a pond incorporating EA products could do worse than visiting Quality Nishikigoi to see them running in a real life situation, often with much higher stocks than any hobbyist would.

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 320 running display pond

Nexus 220 running display pond

Nexus 220 running display pond

K1 MicroBead filter running display pond

K1 MicroBead filter running display pond

As well as running the systems at Quality Nishikigoi, there are extensive stocks of EA products available for collection.

Complete Nexus 320 awaiting collection

Complete Nexus 320 awaiting collection

Evolution Aqua dry goods

Evolution Aqua dry goods

Evolution Aqua Pure Pond Bomb

Evolution Aqua Pure Pond Bomb

Evolution Aqua Pure+ Filter Starter

Evolution Aqua Pure+ Filter Starter

Quality Nishikigoi also offer a full pond design and build service, as well as offering maintenance services to go along with it.

No importer of Koi is under any official requirement to quarantine Koi before sale.  For those that do there is considerable expense to do so in terms of running isolated systems, treatment, temperature control for heat ramping.  Quality Nishikigoi run a separate quarantine facility, isolated from the main retail area, in which all newly imported Koi are quarantined for at least 4 weeks as detailed below.

Sign in retail area detailing quarantine procedure

Sign in retail area detailing quarantine procedure

No entry sign on quarantine facility

No entry sign on quarantine facility

Quarantine ponds in polytunnel

Quarantine ponds in polytunnel

Whilst CEFAS (the government body responsible for overseeing the import of Koi to the UK) don’t make it a criteria of importing that Koi must be quarantined, they do check such facilities, as they have done with the set up at Quality Nishikigoi.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

Banner in quarantine centre

Banner in quarantine centre

As mentioned, Tim will shortly undertake his 5th visit in 12 months to Japan, and there are an increasing number of hobbyists and dealers who want to go along with Quality Nishikigoi.  Tim himself has visited Japan over 40 times.  To cater for this increasing demand Tim and Paul have set up a sister company to Quality Nishikigoi called Koi Trips.

KoiTrips.com banner

KoiTrips.com banner

I have encountered Tim, Paul and their customers a number of times over the last couple of years in Niigata and everyone always seems to be in good spirits, and the fact that I see the same faces returning more than once must speak for itself.  Or maybe it’s that Tim and Paul take them to the very best curry shop in Japan for lunch on a regular basis…….

Visit – http://www.koitrips.com/testimonials/ – to see what some of the KoiTrips.com customers have said.

Before leaving a chance to bowl a few Koi from the main display pond.

The late Ikarashi Kazuto is a breeder with whom Tim shared an excellent relationship, and this Kohaku is a beautiful Koi bred by him.  The picture of this Koi is really bad, but there as no way I wanted this Koi coming out of the bowl and damaging itself just for a photo.  The close up shows the beni and shiroji quality, the body is absolutely fine, not the horrible shape it appears in the body.  Serious hobbyists only need apply…..

Ikarashi Kazuto Kohaku

Ikarashi Kazuto Kohaku

Ikarashi Kazuto Kohaku

Ikarashi Kazuto Kohaku

Unfortunately there was no alcohol spray to get rid of the surface bubbles on the water, however, look beyond those and you can see an incredibly clean and neatly scaled example of Aka Matsuba.  Since the introduction of the Mujimono class at the All Japan Koi Show such Koi have seen a bit of a resurgence.  I doubt many like this are swimming in the UK.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

72cm Aka Matsuba, bred by Marusei Koi Farm

72cm Aka Matsuba, bred by Marusei Koi Farm

72cm Aka Matsuba, bred by Marusei Koi Farm

72cm Aka Matsuba, bred by Marusei Koi Farm

Finally another Koi that seems to gaining an increase in popularity, and from a breeder who is certainly producing some superb Koi right now.  The kado gin effect we see on this example really seem to lift them in the pond from being the pale and flat grey examples we often see.

Asagi, bred by Kawakami Koi Farm, nisai, male

Asagi, bred by Kawakami Koi Farm, nisai, male

Close up showing the kado gin effect on the scales

Close up showing the kado gin effect on the scales

These are just a few of the many Koi currently on offer at Quality Nishikigoi and, as has been stated already, Tim will soon be off to Japan to select new Koi for the summer season, including of course many tosai.

Tim will also be selecting the Shintaro tosai which will be part of the Quality Nishikigoi Azukari Dream project which you can read more about here – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/02/25/quality-nishikigois-azukari-dream/.

For anyone heading along the M6 in the north west of England around the Warrington area then Quality Nishikigoi is surely worthy of a pit stop.

Find out more about Quality Nishikigoi on their website – http://www.qualitynishikigoi.com – or on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/QNKoi/.  For more details about visiting Japan with KoiTrips see – http://www.koitrips.com.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month