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Updated Koi & Goldfish Availability for April 14th, 2014

BLUE_RIDGE_KOI_3_21_AVAILABILITY (1)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!


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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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


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!

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Killer Big Ryukin!

We have loads of 5″ Calico Ryukin and 5″ Red & White Ryukin available for sale this week!  View our complete list of Imported Goldfish.

live calico ryukin gold fish 5″ Calico Ryukin


red and white ryukin 5″ Red & White Ryukin

These guys have high, arching dorsal fins and long and flowing tail fins.  The red on the Red & White Ryukin is deep and dark!

And don't forget, this is only a taste of all of the Imported Goldfish that we have for sale!

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pH and Ammonia – What You Might Not Know

Everyone knows that pH and ammonia levels are vitally important to the health of your koi and goldfish.  But did you know that measuring pH and ammonia tells only a portion of the story?

Commercial ammonia test kits measure total ammonia.  But it’s the un-ionized portion of the total ammonia that is toxic to your fish.  And the amount of un-ionized ammonia changes drastically as the pH changes.  

Take a look at the chart below for further explanation.

ammonia and pH chart

As you can see, an ammonia level of 1.0 ppm is harmless to fish at a pH of 7.0.  However, at a pH level of 9.0, that same 1.0 ppm of ammonia is potentially fatal.  Put another way, a given amount of total ammonia is approximately 10 times more toxic at pH 8.0 than it is at pH 7.0.

So what does this mean for your koi?  Well, it is always best to keep your pH somewhere in the range of 7.0 to 7.5, and to keep your ammonia as close to 0 as possible.  However, when your ammonia starts to rise (due to over feeding, added stock, or for any other reason) be aware that a spike in pH could turn that small amount of ammonia into a potentially fatal killer.

In the short term, elevated ammonia levels can be mitigated through water changes.  For a long term solution, consider adding additional filtration to your system.

An Aside On Ammonia and Shipping Water

You may see some dealers and hobbyists in the koi industry recommending that, upon arrival of a new shipment of a fish, pond water should be added into the shipping bag in order to acclimate the new arrivals to any difference in temperature.  We do not recommend adding pond water to your shipping bag.  We strongly discourage this practice.

But why?  It all has to do with the ammonia and pH relationship. 

While fish are packaged in a shipping bag, they release waste into the water, and ammonia levels rise.  The fish’s respiration inside the bag lowers the pH, rendering the ammonia less harmful than if the pH were higher.  By adding higher pH water (your pond water) into the shipping bag, you run the risk of increasing the toxicity of the present ammonia and in turn harming your fish.

For temperature acclimation, we recommend floating the sealed shipping bag in your pond for approximately 20-30 minutes before releasing the fish.  This is assuming that the fish appear lively and unstressed.  Fish that appear stressed or lethargic in the shipping bag should be released into the pond as soon as possible.

Dealers, download and print this article to display in your store, or hand out to your customers.


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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

Premium Grade Koi
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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!