On 26th March I paid a visit to long time friend Ricky Stoddart at his current business Koi Wholesale, based in Nottinghamshire, England.

At the relatively tender age of 26 Ricky has experienced more about Koi than most would in a lifetime, having been involved in all things aquatic since a child through his family’s businesses.

Something that seemed to make Ricky cringe a little when I mentioned it, by Hisato Nogami once dubbed Ricky the youngest Koi dealer in the world, on video!

Some years after that Ricky finds himself a Managing Directory of Koi Wholesale, quite probably the largest specialist Koi wholesaler in the UK, having developed knowledge of all aspects of the industry.  The business itself remains a family concern, and Ricky is assisted by brother Ryan, mum Tracy, whilst Dad Andrew plots the next idea outside in his ‘retirement’.

Koi that hobbyists find in retailers effectively get their in one of 3 ways:

  1. they are selected by the dealer in Japan
  2. they are imported from a stock list by the dealer, via an agent
  3. they are selected from a wholesaler

Points 1 and 2 above stand true throughout the world, the presence of a wholesaler will vary from country to country.


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Koi Wholesale can assist the dealer at all points of the supply chain, whether it be a dealer who requires guiding and export assistance from Japan, Koi offered on a stock-list, or indeed, the main feature of this article, from a wholesale premises.

Depending on the time of year Koi Wholesale carry up to 25,000 Koi, varying grades, a variety of breeders, different ages and different sizes.  Before being offered for sale all Koi have been fully quarantined in CEFAS approved facilities.

Buying power in Japan means that Koi Wholesale can access stocks at certain times of year and certain breeders that would simply be inaccessible otherwise to dealers.

Being able to hand select such Koi again is something that would otherwise be impossible.

The simple fact that the Koi offered for sale have been fully quarantined by Koi Wholesale removes an additional hurdle the dealer needs to undertake.

In total there are in excess of 60 ponds at Koi Wholesale, the majority of which is under cover.


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Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

Koi Wholesale Ponds

The Koi Wholesale facility is unashamedly non state of the art in some aspects.  For sure, there are Nexus units, there are some drum units, and there are ‘showers’, but all are employed for a purpose, not for being in vogue at the current moment in time.

One of the wonderful things the facility demonstrates is how simple it is to build a ‘pond’ that can maintain healthy Koi in good condition for a relatively low cost, and with incredible simplicity, if you know what to do.

I mentioned that the facility is CEFAS approved, something which requires detailed records of all stocks at all points in the chain, therefore the tanks are all clearly labelled.

Sale pond 13

Sale pond 13

Quarantine Pond 8

Quarantine Pond 8

Microscope ready for use

Microscope ready for use

A microscope is ready on Ryan Stoddart’s desk for immediate use should a parasite problem occur, ensuring that before Koi leave the Koi Wholesale premises the buyer can be as sure as possible that they are parasite ‘free’.

Shipping Box

Shipping Box

Whilst the images and text above have focused on the wholesale pick up side of the Koi Wholesale business, as detailed previously, Koi Wholesale can supply Koi in a variety of different ways.

Want access to the highest of grade Koi in Japan?  The winners walls (it extends to all 4) of the office are testimony to the level of Koi that Koi Wholesale can access.


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Trophy wall

Trophy wall

Trophy wall

Trophy wall

Trophy wall

Trophy wall

It was a very enjoyable afternoon spent at Koi Wholesale.  I write many times that I love spending time with real Koi people, and Ricky states that fish are in his family DNA.

Ricky was previously wrote extensively for various magazines in the UK, and I’m hoping that very soon he’ll be a contributor to the ever expanding Nishikigoi.Life website, I know that he can provide a significant real world input for the site visitors, so watch this space….

If you are a dealer looking at your supply options, then a call to the guys at Koi Wholesale is surely a must.

To read more about Koi Wholesale visit their website at – http://koi-wholesale.co.uk – or on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/koiwholesale/


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