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Extended List of Imported Goldfish For Sale

We've added loads of new Imported Goldfish items for sale this week. 

calico oranda goldfish 5.5″ Calico Oranda

Lots of great options for your customers, including:

  • 3″ Celestial Eye
  • 2″ Calico Lionhead
  • 2″ Red Lionhead
  • 3″ Calico Ranchu
  • 3.5″ and 5.5″ Calico Oranda
  • 2.5″ Blue Oranda
  • 5-6″ and 6-8″ Chinese Veiltail Shubunkin

 

Check out the Imported Goldfish page, or download our current Price List and Availability for a closer look.

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Hatching Fish on the First Day of Spring

Check out this video from our Virginia farm.  Baby Golden Orfe, less than one day old, swim around in a hatching cone.  These fish were hatched on the first day of spring!

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Availability and Featured Items for the Week of March 17th

Our updated availability for Monday, March 17th is available now.  Check it out and place your order now!

Let's take a look at a few featured items for this week.

4 to 5 inch Skeleton Koi

Skeleton Koi

Offer your customers something different with this Skeleton Koi mix!! Available in 3 to 4, 4 to 5 and 5 to 6 inch!

3 to 4 inch Premium Grade Koi

Premium Grade Koi

Our 3 to 4 inch Premium Grade Koi are particularly nice this week.  This batch includes lots of Sanke, Platinum, Yamabuki and other metallics!  Place your order before they're all gone!

Start your order now or view our availability list to get started.

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Expanded List of Imported Goldfish Available

As we gear up for spring, our list of Imported Fancy Goldfish for sale has expanded ever further.  Check out our full list at Imported Goldfish or on the Price List and Availability.

New additions to the list include:

  • 2″ Red Lionhead
  • 2.5″ Red Moor
  • 5.5″ Calico Oranda
  • 3.5″ and 5″ Red & White Oranda
  • 5″ Calico Ryukin
  • 5″ Red & White Ryukin
  • 3″ and 5.5″ Red & White Wakin

 

Our quantities are still low on account of the early season.  Place your order today and don't miss out!

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Hi Fin Banded Sharks Are Here!

We are happy to announce that, for the first time in the 2014 season, we have Chinese Hi Fin Banded Sharks that are here and ready to ship!

Not actually sharks at all, these fish make for great pond pets.  They can winter over in all but the harshest northern climates, and feed on the algae growing on the side of your pond!  They are very docile and perfectly compatible with Koi and Goldfish.

This week we only have the little guys available, at 4 inches in length.  We have a limited amount, and these usually sell out fast!  Bigger sizes will follow later this spring!  Check out our Price List and Availability for the full story!

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First Imported Goldfish of the Season Available

For the first time during the 2014 pond season, we have Imported Fancy Goldfish available.  Check out the full list.

Although this is a limited selection compared to what we will have later in the spring, there are still some great fish to be had.  Including:

  • Red & White Bubble Eye
  • Assorted Butterfly Tail
  • Calico Oranda
  • Red & White Oranda
  • Redcap Oranda
  • Calico Ryukin
  • Red & White Ryukin

and many more! 

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Premium Select Koi and Butterfly Available For The First Time This Season

For the first time during the 2014 koi season, we have Premium Select Grade Koi and Premium Select Grade Butterfly Koi available for sale.  The highest quality grade we offer!  Check out our Price List and Availability for the full story.

The Premium Select Koi are available in 6-7″, 8-10″, 10-12″ and one box of 12-14″.  Premium Select Butterfly Koi are available in the 6-8″ size only at this time.

Here's a quick peek at the 10-12″ Premium Select Koi we have for sale currently.

10-12″ Premium Select Koi from Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, Inc. on Vimeo.

 

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Save Money with DIY De-Chlorinator

Here is a tip to save you a little money.  Follow these simple instructions to make your own de-chlorinator.

Make Your Own!

De-chlorinators are made from a readily available  and incredibly cheap chemical called "sodium thiosulfate".  There are lots of formulas out there in regards to how much it takes to neutralize a given amount of chlorine.  Here is just one of those formulas:

First, there are a couple of variables that you need to know, such as:

  • Gallons of water to be de-chlorinated, or (G) 
  • Concentration of chlorine in mg/liter, or (ppm)

With these two pieces of information, you can plug them into this formula to see how much sodium thiosulfate you need:

G  x  0.0038 (milliliters/gallon)  x  ppm  x  3.49 (units of sodium thiosulfate/unit of chlorine)  =  grams of sodium thiosulfate needed 

The Easy Route

You can also go the easy route and "ball park" your estimate.  Sodium thiosulfate is very cheap and nearly impossible to over dose, so you can use this guideline:
  • Two teaspoons of the crystals will de-chlorinate 500 gallons of fresh tap water
  • Two tablespoons will de-chlorinate 1,500 gallons of fresh tap water.
  • 1/3 cup will de-chlorinate 6,000 gallons of fresh tap water
  • 1 cup will de-chlorinate 18,000 gallons of fresh tap water

Be aware that some municipal water supplies contain chloramine instead of chlorine.  Using the de-chlorinator on water containing chloramine will leave you with ammonia, which will need to be eliminated with biofilters or ammonia binders. 

Where to Buy?

Here are a couple of sources for purchasing sodium thiosulfate crystals:

The Chemistry Store

Aquatic Eco

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Updated 2014 Price List Available

Just posted are our updated prices for the 2014 season.

Dealers with a web account can check out the new prices by downloading the current Price List and Availability.

Don't have an account?  Apply for an account now or contact us for an updated Price List and Availability.

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Reader’s Choice – Gin Rin Hariwake Butterfly Koi

We continue our Reader's Choice series today with a true gem among Butterfly Koi enthusiasts – Gin Rin Hariwake Butterfly. 

Hariwake are highly prized among koi hobbyists.  The bright, vibrant yellow of top quality Hariwake cannot be found in any other variety.  Coupled with a bright white base, the yellow will really pop in your pond.  Add to that some bright and sparkly gin rin, and you've got a true stunner.

So, let's take our pick.  Assume that all three butterfly koi pictured below are 10 inches in length and a little over one year in age.  Which would you pick to take home as an addition to your pond?

gin rin hariwake butterfly koi fish for sale

Leave a comment below and voice your opinion.  And remember, there are no wrong answers!  Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.