On Tuesday 6th March I made my first visit to Koi Water Garden in Surrey, a trip that was tentatively arranged way back in October when I met Managing Director Andrew Richards and Ben Mills in Niigata on their Autumn buying trip to Japan.
The trip was scheduled to coincide with the completion of quarantine for the Koi which were purchased during that trip and had arrived in the UK at the end of November – yes, a full 3 month quarantine period!
Andrew explained that the extended quarantine period was two fold, firstly of course for maximum protection for their customers against disease including the dreaded KHV, and secondly as almost no customers are wanting to take Koi during the first couple of months of the year the extra time quarantining is time well spent. During this time customers may reserve Koi from the photos on the website or a neat photobook that is published and distributed to regular customers who are perhaps not so Internet inclined.
Koi Water Garden is split across 3 sites, 2 retail sites located in Sutton and Worcester Park, and the off site quarantine facility which is where I visited.
If the fact that a 3 month quarantine period isn’t enough to convince you of the importance placed on quarantine and health of the Koi then a visit to the Koi Water Garden quarantine centre surely would! I think i can say with some confidence that the facility must surely be the largest Koi quarantine facility in the UK, in fact it’s probably larger than any Koi retail facility in the UK, and expanding all the time with 3 new ponds recently added in another isolatable room bringing the total to 6 rooms with around 70 ponds in them. All the ponds have their own filtration systems, the latest using Oase ProfiClear drums and custom made Bakki Showers with genuine Momotaro Bacteria House media.
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Anything that is moved between individual rooms is disinfected, there are hand and foot dips, and large tanks filled with disinfectant for any bowls or nets, etc, that need to be transferred from one room to another.
When I arrived Andrew and Ben were just in the process of moving some small tosai into the newest Koi house. These tosai had come from the Maruyo Koi Farm, also known as Isa, situated in Uragara village. Looking through the bags that were floating on the pond there were obviously some very interesting little Koi among them and I couldn’t resist putting them in a bowl to have a look through.
As I mentioned earlier, my visit was scheduled to coincide with the completion of the Koi’s quarantine period. With that complete we could bowl up some Koi to photograph them.
Below are a selection of the Koi which were photographed on my visit to Koi Water Garden. Click any individual picture to view a larger version. All of these Koi can be found on the Koi Water Garden website – https://www.koiwatergarden.com/koi-for-sale/
Find out more about Koi Water Garden, the services they offer, and their locations, at – https://www.koiwatergarden.com. You can also find them on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/koiwatergardens/.