Located in central Texas in the hill country near Austin TX. We have been farming/selling Koi since 2010. Specializing in long fin domestic Koi. We have Koi fish for sale in Texas near Austin and we sell Koi fish nation wide.
How long are your fish quarantined?
Our fish are quarantined for a minimum of 7 days before being posted to the web site. These fish remain in quarantine until they are purchased or they are returned to the growing ponds.
When will I get my fish?
We only ship out once a week All fish are shipped on Wednesday. The Wednesday selected for your fish shipment may vary depending on when the order was placed, where your fish is in the quarantine process and other factors. In addition, there is a 3 day preparation process prior to shipment. The exact ship date will be sent to you in your notification Email along with the shipping routing number. We will also call you prior to your fish shipping out to discuss the ship date.
What you see is what you get. The reasons behind our philosophy:
My opinion of sneaky marketing techniques:
Indulge me as I go off into my rant. Sales and marketing ploys always seem to hide behind sketchy information. It’s hard to know what they are selling or what your options are. It is as if they intentionally limit the information in an attempt to confuse you, misguide you and even trick you into buying something that you don’t want or need. Sometimes there is no way to know what exactly what it is that they are selling. So it can be hard to know what it is, what it does or what to expect when it arrives. It can be very frustrating. These marketing techniques are used on products everywhere in both retail outlet (brick and mortar) stores, and online stores. This can be especially true on the Internet where you can’t touch or feel the product.
Unfortunately the Koi industry is not immune to those types of marketing techniques. You find the same trickster ploys all over the Internet and personally, I find it shameful.
That is why here at HoneycombKoi.com, we do our best to show you exactly what we are selling. Our open honest philosophy demands us to provide three different still picture views and a motion video of our highest-grade fish showing top, left & right views. You won’t see that on other web sites because the truth is, that since you can always nit pick at the fish, finding small faults that might turn you away from buying it, the other sellers philosophy is to hide (conceal) anything that might turn you away for the sake of making the sale. Not to mention the cost in time and effort required to catalog the fish, produce and post the pictures and video.
So considering that all fish will have some faults no matter how small, in this case at least you can see exactly what you’re getting.
Thanks for reading my rant. I feel a little better now.
Why are Koi so expensive in the first place? Well first off, there are the business factors related to operating costs like maintaining the quality of water through pumping and filtration, the cost of food, care and maintenance. The cost of importing the Koi, the cost of protecting them against predators… Try doing some of this yourself and you will quickly see what I am talking about.
Then there is the availability of the higher grades and classifications. the uniqueness of their body shape, their size and age, Their skin & scale colors, brightness, patterns and contrast, Their overall health, genetics… The more of these characteristics you want to cram all in the same fish, the fewer fish you are going to find that have all these attributes. Although you would end up with a truly Impressive Koi. Any Koi farmer will tell you that it is a lot of hard work. It is a labor of love. Some seasons are better than others. Some seasons, the number of really exceptional fish you end up with can be far and few between.
Some of the most expensive Koi are priced that way because of the cost of importing them. These are usually referred to as Japanese Koi since most of the imported Koi come from Japan. In my opinion, I think that Domestic Koi can be just as beautiful as Imported Koi. There are no Ugly Koi. Just min-understood Koi.
Koi Body Shape:
Butterfly Koi tend to be more expensive. Most imported Koi are short fin Koi. Personally I prefer the long fin Butterfly Koi. I love the way the fins flow in the water. I think they are the most beautiful Koi of all. Other people may have the opposite opinion and I respect that. After all, it is a matter of preference and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Koi Body Size:
Another reason Koi can be so expensive is because of their size. Koi come in all sizes. Anywhere from Small Baby Fry Koi, to Giant Humongous Gargantuan Koi. But to grow large Koi, it takes a lot of time, space, food and care. How long can Koi live? Koi can live to be 30+ years old. How gig can Koi get? Koi achieve lengths over 1 meter (3 feet). It is easier to guess a young Koi age than an old Koi age because in general, their growth rate curve plotted on a chart is fairly steep in the beginning. Although Koi growth can be stunted based on factors like genetics, size of their environment and their diet… Most Koi grow fairly rapidly in the first 2 to 5 years. Then their growth curve rolls off after that to the point where it can becomes increasingly difficult to accurately guess the age of a Koi. So when you buy a large Koi, you are paying for all the time, energy and pond real-estate that went into raising that Koi. The larger the pond, the better chanced you will have of growing your Koi bigger and safer. I have some Humongous and Gargantuan Koi that I will post to my website and sell from time to time for those people who cannot grow their Koi as large as they want due to their pond size.
I have a list of Koi classifications along with their definitions on my web site: HoneycombKoi.com
Koi are typically broken into 3 grade categories. Some sites will refer to their Koi as Grade A Koi, Grade B Koi or Grade C Koi. Others may refer to them as Top grade Koi, Medium grade Koi, or bottom grade Koi. I like to refer to my Koi as Premium Koi, Select Koi and Decorative Koi. Here are a list of things I consider when grading a Koi: Fin length, Koi Fin condition, Koi Body shape, Koi Body size, Koi Color brightness, Koi Color contrast, Koi Color pattern, Koi Scale health and type, Koi Skin health and type, Koi overall health. . . My Premium Koi will cost the most because of how few there are that have all the best of all of these features. My Select Koi will be more affordable because although they will have some of the best of these features, they will also miss the target on some of the other features. My Decorative Koi will be your garden variety Koi. Not too sophisticated or anything but just simply nice and pretty Koi that you can enjoy watching eat in your personal pond.
Where can I find some affordable Koi?
What if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your Koi? What if you just want some simple basic Koi? Maybe you just want some cheap Koi for your pond. Then I recommend my Decorative grade of Koi. Sometimes I will post some average Koi for the beginner pond enthusiast. It can be nice to fill your pond with cheap beginner Koi just to have them for fun. Not everybody wants or needs award winning Koi. Sometimes the most common Koi can bring just as much pleasure to a Koi owner as the most expensive Koi.
How many Koi can I keep in my pond? How many Koi is too many Koi for my pond? There is no real simple answer to that question. You can find out by trial and error. Monitor the ammonias and nitrates in your water and gradually introduce fish into the system over 1 or 2 months. Once your ammonia and nitrate levels get too high, you know you have too many fish in your pond. But then, what do you do with the excess fish? Make another pond! Ha. Just kidding . Another way to approach this problem is to calculate it. You will need to know the length of your fish to determine their weight in ounces, the amount of water in your pond, the underwater pond surface area, filter system medium surface area. . . I have a spread sheet for my ponds and I am considering posting it to my website as a tool for others to use but so far I have not had time. One way I do not recommend is to use the 1 inch of fish per 10 gallon of water method. That only works for small gold fish.
Have you ever seen an Angry Koi or aggressive Koi? Nope. I don’t think there is such a thing as an Angry Koi. They are soft and cuddly. Sometimes they can act like a Timid Koi or Passive Koi. Have you ever seen a Crazy Koi? Yes. Sometimes when I feed my Koi too much or one fish decides he is going to eat all the food before any other fish gets any, a single Koi fish will stuff itself silly and swim around in crazy loops and splash around for a while. Sometimes it takes them a day to digest what they ate before they go back to acting normal. It always seems to be the same Koi that never seems to learn its lesson. A Crazy Koi is very different from an Energetic Koi. Once in a while one of my Koi will decide it has a burst of energy and swim across the pond as fast as it can go. They get really excited around feeding time and zoom around like crazy. Have you ever seen a Freaky Koi? The freakiest Koi I have ever seen was a Koi with tattered fins that made it look like a puff ball. It was white & red with black streaks going down the tattered fins. It made the fins look like spikes. Freaky but interesting. . .
Have you ever seen a funny Koi? I think Koi look funny when they are staring right at you. It is like a stair down contest waiting to see who will laugh first. I usually laugh first and then the Koi laughs at me for losing. Have you ever seen a Stupid Koi? I don’t know if I have ever seen a stupid Koi. They always seem so smart when I am trying to harvest them. They always love to slip under the net and hide in the hardest places to find them. So I guess I have never seen a stupid Koi.
There are a Variety of Unique Koi classifications. The high Quality Koi from each classification are used for breeding the next better generation of Quality Koi. Hatching Koi takes about 72 hours. Then I feed them Egg yolk & Brine shrimp. Koi are some of the most beautiful carp around. This seems obvious and is funny to write about but because Koi are basically carp, they are not good for food and are strictly Ornamental Koi.