On 9th September I made my first, and long overdue, visit to see father and son team Graham and Chris Thomas at Kitsu Koi in Sheffield.

Kitsu Koi

Kitsu Koi

Kitsu Koi is nestled at the rear of Greenscene Garden Centre (as you can see on the Google Maps screen capture below), which itself is situated just a few minutes from  junction 31 of the M1 motorway.  Click here to see the location on Google Maps – https://goo.gl/maps/UkNR4owXeov.

Kitsu Koi's location on Greenscene Garden Centre

Kitsu Koi’s location on Greenscene Garden Centre

The business was started by Graham and Chris in 2006, and relocated to the current location in 2013.  Chris left the business for a few years before returning full time this February.  Graham credits him with changing the fortunes of the company dramatically.

At present their are 4 main display ponds housed beneath a polytunnel.  The ponds contain Koi from tosai up to yonsai from a number of breeders and a wide range of varieties.

Ponds inside the polytunnel

Ponds inside the polytunnel

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Chris, Graham and a customer checking some Koi

Chris, Graham and a customer checking some Koi

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Healthy Koi in excellent condition

Each pond features different filtration so visitors can see a range of different options working prior to a potential purchase.

An Nexus 220 with auto cleaning kit filtering one of the ponds

An Nexus 220 with auto cleaning kit filtering one of the ponds

OASE ProfiClear Premium Compact filtering one of the display ponds

OASE ProfiClear Premium Compact filtering one of the display ponds

Outside the polytunnel are 4 smaller display ponds for smaller Koi/cheaper Koi, the Kitsu Koi website states, ‘Our aim is to supply high grade koi, without alienating newcomers to the hobby.’


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Display ponds for smaller Koi

Display ponds for smaller Koi

Graham bagging up some small Koi for a customer

Graham bagging up some small Koi for a customer

2 larger display ponds are currently under construction although an unfortunate accident, and resulting broken foot, for Chris has temporarily halted progress.

One of 2 new ponds under construction

One of 2 new ponds under construction

Inside the dry building a wide range of products are available including all the essentials and an extensive range of pipework and fittings.  Brands available include AquaForte, Aqua Source, Evolution Aqua, Evolve, Hikari, TMC, Japan Pet Design, Kusuri, NT Labs, Superfish and Synergy Drum Filters.  These products are also available via mail order with 24 hour online ordering at https://kitsukoi.co.uk where you can also find photos and details of Koi stocks available, many of which are currently on sale.

Dry goods

Dry goods

Dry goods

Dry goods

Dry goods

Dry goods

JPD foods

JPD foods

Kitsu Koi also offer interest free finance enabling customers to conveniently spread the cost of larger items over a 12 month repayment period.  Interest free credit is available via the fully stocked website – www.kitsukoi.co.uk – and also for customers visiting the store in person.

Interest free credit

Interest free credit

 

For anyone that finds themselves passing junction 31 of the M1 it would be well worth a short detour to pop in and see Chris and Graham.  The garden centre has several other stores operating within the site, as well as a bistro cafe which no doubt offers better and cheaper fare than the motorway service stations!  One Google reviewer recently posted, ‘The food is really tasty, and there’s plenty of choice on the menu! Priced really well too!

Chris will be heading off to Japan on 14th October so be sure to follow his blog at – https://kitsukoi.co.uk/blogs/news – and also on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/KitsuKoi/.


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