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Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery on NBC’s “The Today Show”

Check out this blast from the past, a mid-90s clip from "The Today Show" featuring Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.     Co-owners Randy LeFever and Rick Brown appear in this short clip to help answer the question "Just where do goldfish come from?"
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VIDEO – Packing Koi and Goldfish for Shipment

Ever wondered what goes into preparing and packaging your live Koi and Goldfish for shipment?  Check out this time lapse of one afternoon of packing at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.

Over 120 boxes of live Koi and Goldfish were packed on this day, then shipped UPS Next Day Air to a dealer near you!

 

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VIDEO – Platinum Ogon Koi For Sale

Check out this entire quarantine tank full of hundreds of Platinum Ogon Koi.

These fish are 4 to 6 inches in length, and ready to dazzle your customers!  Contact Us to order yours today!

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VIDEO – 8-10″ Premium Select Koi For Sale

Here's a quick peek at a batch of 8-10″ Premium Select Koi coming up for sale next week.

Dealers, contact us now to order yours!

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Featured Items for Week of June 2nd

We have some very exciting live koi and goldfish items available for the week of June 2nd. Some of these are not available all the time!  Dealers, view our current Availability List.

Jumbo Fantails

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For a limited time we have Jumbo Fantail for sale.  These retired broodstock fish average about 8 inches in length, and all have great color!

8-10″ Premium Select Koi

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Our 8-10″ Premium Select Koi are particularly high quality this week.  A great mix including many different varieties!

4-5″ Mixed Fantails

For the first time this season, we have 4-5″ Mixed Fantails available.  This is a truly great mix, including Red, Sarasa, Calico and Red and Black Black Moor fantail goldfish!

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Qualified dealers can view our Availability List or start your order.  Not a dealer?  Apply for a Dealer Account now.

 

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VIDEO – Huge Pom Poms on a Butterfly Koi Breeder

You will occasionally see Butterfly Koi with large growths over the nostrils, known as "pom poms".  Some hobbyists consider these desirable, while others see them as a fault with the fish.  Like many things in life, it's a personal preference.

This Yamabuki Butterfly Koi has some of the largest pom poms you are ever likely to see on a Butterfly Koi…

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VIDEO – Stripping Eggs and Milt from Butterfly Koi Broodstock

Each spring brings about spawning season at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.  Breeders are injected with hormones and left to spawn on breeding mats (video of this process coming soon).

However a few fish do not spawn on the mats when planned.  These fish must be "stripped" of their eggs and milt, with the two then mixed together and spread into a tank to attach to the provided breeding mats.

Randy LeFever, owner of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, demonstrates the stripping technique on two Shusui Butterfly breeders.

Both fish are sedated with a mixture of clove oil and grain alcohol.  They are relaxed and easy to handle while sedated, but wake up quickly after being placed back into fresh water.

These eggs will hatch and grow up to become part of our one-year old crop of Butterfly Koi for 2015.  Dealers, contact us today to learn how you can provide top quality Blue Ridge Butterfly Koi to your customers!

 

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Introducing AAA Imported Koi

Our production of 10 to 14 inch koi has regrettably run short this year.  In order to keep you and your customers supplied with beautiful koi, we have begun importing AAA Koi from Hazorea Aquatics.

12 to 14″ AAA Imported Koi from Hazorea Aquatics

Hazorea Aquatics is a bio-secure indoor facility located in Israel.  Their strict bio-security plan is among the most stringent in the world.  We have thoroughly vetted their procedures, facility, and their fish, and we have the highest level of confidence in their fish.

AAA Imported Koi are currently available in 10 to 12 inch, 12 to 14 inch and 16 to 18 inch.  Contact Us today for more information on purchasing yours!

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Updated Koi & Goldfish Availability for April 14th, 2014

Stock up this week for the three day Easter weekend, when lots of people will be out and about shopping.  We have an extensive selection of Koi, Butterfly Koi, Goldfish and more available this week!

Koi

Skeleton Koi Skeleton Koi Mix

Standard Grade – 3-4″, 4-5″ 5-6″, 6-8″ and 8-10″

Premium Grade – 3-4″, 4-5″, 5-6″, 6-8″, 8-10″ and 12-14″

Premium Select Grade – 4-5″, 5-6″, 6-8″, 10″, 10-12″

Hikari Koi Mix – 3-4″, 4-5″, 5-6″

Skeleton Koi Mix – 4-5″, 5-6″

 

Comments: The 10″ and 10-12″ Premium Select Koi are especially nice with lots of great Gosanke. 

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Butterfly Koi

premium grade butterfly koi fish Premium Butterfly Koi

Standard Grade – 4-5″ 5-6″ and 6-8″

Premium Grade – 3-4″, 4-5″, 5-6″ and 6-8″

Premium Select Grade – none

Hikari Butterfly Koi Mix – 4-5″ and 5-6″

 

Comments: The 5-6″ and 6-8″ Premium Butterfly Koi are particularly nice this week.

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Goldfish

sarasa comet live goldfish Sarasa Comet

Red Comet – 3-4″, 4-5″ and 5-6″

Ruby Red Veiltail Comet – 3-5″ and 5-6″

Sarasa Comet – 3-4″

Premium Sarasa Comet – 5-6″ and 6-8″

Yellow Comet – 4-6″

Red Fantail – 2.5-3″

Shubunkin – 3-4″, 4-5″, 5-6″ and 6-8″

 

Comments: The Premium Sarasa Comet have crisp whites and unbelievable reds.  These will sell out and will not be available all spring.

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Other Aquatics

golden tench live fish for sale Golden Tench

Golden Tench – 2-3″ and 4-5″

Plecostomus Catfish – 5″

Bullfrog Tadpoles

Trapdoor Snails

Crayfish

Golden Orfe – 6-8″

Electric Blue Crayfish

Snow White Crayfish

Water Lettuce

Water Hyacinth

 

Comments: Golden Tench are a new product that we have never offered before.  Fast and energetic, they can add a lively presence to any pond.

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Imported Goldfish

live redcap oranda goldfish 5″ Redcap Oranda

Red Bubble Eye – 2″

Red Celestial Eye – 3″

Red & White Butterfly Tail – 2″

Calico Ryukin – 2.5″ and 5″

Red and White Ryukin – 2.5″, 3.5″ and 5″

Calico Ranchu – 3″

Calico Lionhead – 2″

Imported Black Moor – 2.5″

Imported Red Moor – 2.5″

Blue Oranda – 2.5″

Calico Oranda – 3.5″

Red & White Oranda – 2.5″ and 5″

Red Oranda – 2.5″

Chocolate Oranda – 2.5″

Redcap Oranda – 3″ and 5″

White Oranda – 2.5″

Red & White Wakin – 3″

Chinese Veiltail Shubunkin – 5-6″ and 8-10″

 

Comments: The 5″ Redcap Oranda, 5″ Calico Ryukin and 5″ Red & White Ryuking are all especially high quality.

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Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth Available Now

For the first time this spring, we have both Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth available for sale.  These are some large and hardy water plants, with only 50 being able to fit into a full box.

Check out our Price List and Availability for the price, or start your order now!