On Saturday afternoon I visited UKNishikigoi, located south of St. Helens in Lancashire.

UKNishikigoi is conveniently and easily accessible from junction 7 of the M62, itself just a short distance from the junction with the M6.

Map showing location of UKNishikigoi

Map showing location of UKNishikigoi

To open the interactive Google Map following this link – https://goo.gl/maps/zDZLsWctTPs.

Main building of UKNishikigoi

Main building of UKNishikigoi

I think it’s fair to say that, from the outside, UKNishikigoi doesn’t really look like a typical Koi shop.  In truth the same probably continues into the building as well.

On entering the visitor passes some displays of dry goods before heading up a wide staircase to a large mezzanine floor with 3 display ponds.  With its stainless steel and glass, the building is more like a high class showroom for Koi, than the usual Koi shop.

Mezzanine display ponds

Mezzanine display ponds

The mezzanine ponds are around 5ft or so deep, stretching down to the ground floor below, and as you can see exhibit excellent water quality for the equally excellent Koi they house.


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The first 3 pictures include a number of Asagi and Kumonryu from Kawakami Koi Farm, Kohaku from Murata and Kujaku from Yagenji.

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Another pond with Koi from Murata, Izumiya and Isa.

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

The 2 Showa above are males from Isa Koi Farm, both of which will be trailed as parents at UKNishikigoi this summer, more of which later.

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Koi on display in the mezzanine ponds

Ground floor display ponds

Ground floor display ponds

Heading back downstairs the visitor passes a couple more indoor ponds, presently filled with tosai, before heading outside to what would be considered more traditional stock ponds with a wide range of different Koi on offer.

Outdoor covered display ponds

Outdoor covered display ponds

Currently under construction, and out of view of the general visitor, is what promises to be an absolutely stunning display pond.

In a large stand alone outbuilding, this pond will contain approximately 17,000 gallons when completed and be home to around 12-15 high class show quality Koi, many of which are presently residing in Japan.


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New show pond under construction

New show pond under construction

New show pond under construction

New show pond under construction

The filter room is through the right hand door at the far end of the room.  Already decked out with floor to ceiling ceramic tiles the filter room will house AquaSource combi drum filters and bakki showers, all out of sight.  For sure this will become a popular ‘hang out’ spot for customers and, outside the patio doors, a landscaped Japanese garden will be completed within the coming months.

I for one look forward to seeing it once it’s all completed and up and running.

New show pond under construction

New show pond under construction

I mentioned earlier that the Isa Showa photographed were to be used as male parents this year.

While chatting with owner Chris Molyneux he explained that he has long had a passion for breeding Koi, something he did at a previous home before starting UKNishikigoi, and something he continues to do today.   For a couple of years they have bred Kohaku, and this year they plan to trial Showa and Goshiki.

The complete site of UKNishikigoi extends to around 2.5acres and behind the retail areas are several large polytunnels where the breeding programme goes on.

The first picture below shows one of the tunnels with 2 natural mud ponds.  These have been left dormant over winter since being harvested and will soon be cleaned ready for the spring and summer.  Chris stated, time is the biggest challenge.


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UKNishikigoi covered mud ponds

UKNishikigoi covered mud ponds

Further back is this polytunnel with what was originally a single concrete walled, mud lined, pond of 200,000 gallons which was constructed with the objective of rearing Koi.  Since originally being constructed the 200,000 gallon pond was split into 3, and is now again being split up again, the reason being that the smaller ponds are easier managed and offer more flexibility for growing different Koi.

UKNishikigoi covered walled mud ponds

UKNishikigoi covered walled mud ponds

As exciting as the new display pond might be to see finished, I can’t wait to see the above ponds teeming with Showa fry at the end of the summer even more.

The UKNishikigoi website states – ‘Everyone is welcome to call into the shop. We strive to give the best service we possibly can. Feel free to browse around the shop. There will never be any pressure for sales, have a complimentary coffee and relax indoors with magazines or on the patio by the ponds.’

Anyone who finds themselves in the M6/M62 vicinity would be well advised to take up the above invitation and pop in to see Chris, Angela, John and the team at UKNishikigoi.

For more information about UKNishikigoi visit their website – http://www.uknishikigoioutlet.com – or find them on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/UKNishikigoi/


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