Fish Selection | Choosing Young Koi Fish for Your Pond – Part 1
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Fish Selection | Choosing Young Koi Fish for Your Pond – Part 1

August 18, 2019

[MUSIC] We’re in Upland, California at Mystic Koi and
today we’re gonna shoot a video, on how to select a nice group of
young Tosai koi for your pond. Especially if it’s your very first pond,
and you’ve never selected koi before, the tips and tricks you’re gonna learn
today are gonna be very helpful. Shawn, how’s it going today?>>Things are going all right. Things are going all right.>>All right, good.
>>Yeah.>>Hey, when we started of our koi
discussions video we went straight to some high dollar stuff.>>Mm-hm.
>>You know, high quality we started talking
textbook of what to look for. We went all the way through to reserve
grand champions and $60,000 koi.>>Absolutely, exactly.>>I wanna get back to like the roots
of it all, like what it all begins. I don’t understand textbook. I don’t understand. All I, all I know is they’re beautiful.>>Sure.>>I had yellows and whites and fancy scales. So, I wanna,
I wanna get back to the roots and kind of teach people about the Tosai,
the first year koi and what to look for. So take us there.>>Sounds great, man. It’s interesting that you bring that up, cuz
it reminds me of when I bought my first koi.>>Tell us the story.>>Yeah, so I grew up in this area that
has kind of a dairy farm area, right?>>Mm-hm.
>>And so there’s cows everywhere. So, I wanted to buy a koi that looked
as much like a dairy cow as possible. Which was a Shiro Bekko at that time.>>Okay.
>>Right? And so I read about the Shiro Bekko and went
to I went to my local aquarium shop, right? And searched through all these. Now would be very, very janky koi,
and picked out my first koi buttercup. Right?>>Buttercup.
>>[LAUGH] Yeah, and.>>That’s great.>>No, no I loved that fish. I mean it wasn’t a show fish, but
absolutely it was my favorite fish.>>And that brought you to here and that’s,
that’s why I wanna talk about this, cuz this brings and brings people to
that level that we talked about so far.>>Absolutely you got to start somewhere,
right? So let’s, let’s pick out a grand champion.>>Yeah,
that’s probably not gonna happen man.>>[CROSSTALK] You get that question, right?>>Of course, of course.>>Okay.
>>People always coming in, looking in this $35 tank as saying,
hey Shawn, pick me out a fish that’s gonna
win a show in a couple of years. And the truth is, probably not gonna happen.>>Well let’s get them in a bowl. They’re beautiful as is.>>Yeah.
>>And let’s, let’s get a close look.>>Absolutely.
You wanna hand me that tub there? All right, so today we’re not gonna
talk about pattern and quality. We’re gonna talk about really, really fundamental type things
when picking out small koi.>>Perfect.
>>Because, again, our goal isn’t a grand champion here. Our goal is a fish that’s
gonna last a long time, that you’re gonna enjoy,
that the kids are gonna love. That kind of koi, right?>>Sure, sure.>>So the first thing you
wanna do is take a look at where you’re buying the fish from, right? That’s really, really important
cuz we wanna buy a healthy fish. So, you wanna talk to the, to a shop and see what their quarantine protocol is what
they do to take care of the fish beforehand. And make sure you’re buying a healthy fish, cuz the last thing you wanna
do is buy a sick $35 koi. Throw it in your pond, and
wipe out your entire pond. That’s->>Yeah.
>>Not, not what we’re trying to do you know?>>Yeah, that’s the worst.>>The next thing thing I really look for
and this sounds really, really simple but, you know, these koi are beautiful and the,
the patterns are kind of distracting. I want you to make sure
the fish has all its parts. It’s got, it’s gotta have two eyes. It’s gotta have all of its fins, right? Those are really, really important things. And although,
I mean I’ve had koi with one eye, right? And they’d be fine, and they’d just eat and
have a great, great time. We wanna make sure that there’s
nothing really wrong with the fish. That’ll impair it four years down the row.>>Sure.
>>Because again, this is, this is your, this is pet buttercup, and
this will last a while, right.>>[CROSSTALK] So this is pet quality stuff. What I kind of wanna point out, being in
fish breeding, you know, not koi, but->>Oh yeah, sure.>>Over the years. Oftentimes at this point, you, you,
you believe that everything should be seen, whoever’s bringing the fish to you should
realize the fish is missing a fin or maybe missing an eye. But, when they’re dealing with thousands and
thousands of fish, sometimes.>>Absolutely.
>>Sometimes those things get overlooked. And to get to this point,
I’ve seen fish that miss a gill and->>Yeah, exactly.>>Yeah, it happens and it’s not. It’s not that the koi shop is trying to sell,
you know->>A bad fish.
>>A fish without a gill.>>Yeah.>>Exactly, exactly.>>Okay.
>>And, and absolutely true. I bring in 2,000 Tosai at a time and
I go through them pretty fast.>>Yeah.>>And often times I don’t have a chance to
go through each fish and check that out. Typically if I do have a fish
that has a missing eye. It’s a fish that you know, customers really
interested in, I usually just give it away.>>Yeah.>>If they’re interested in it.>>Yeah, give it a good home.>>Yeah, exactly, exactly.>>So more fundamental, so
we’re looking for all their fins. All their eyes, gill plates.>>Sure, exactly. And then we’re looking for for
sort of a straight body line. Some, some fish can be very crooked and
it’s really hard to see at a young age, but it will always exaggerate
as the fish gets big. So what, what may look like this at a young age,
when it’s big will just be completely bent.>>Right, right.>>So we’re looking for a straight fish. Straight body.>>Straight body and
usually a nice like rounded face. It, it’s amazing cuz look at just
these koi here, if you like at them, they all have sort of different shaped heads,
different shaped faces. And those are,
those are qualities we’re looking for. We want this to be kinda again straight,
straight on the fish. [MUSIC]


  • Reply ThePondDigger June 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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  • Reply Matt Goodwin June 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I bought a couple of young koi and they have both grown to about 10 inches but one has lots nearly all its red and its black has gone speakled any ideas why ?

  • Reply Matt Goodwin June 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the advice love the videos mate keep them coming

  • Reply Brandon Silverio June 26, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Where is this located?

  • Reply DDDgaming July 1, 2014 at 4:59 am

    This was very helpful and I will use these tips next time I pick a koi.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply my.lean July 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    shout out to butter cup and all the other buttercups in the world. a first fish is something that isn't easily forgotten

  • Reply David Thomas August 4, 2014 at 2:59 am

    can you swim/wade with your kois, is it safe?

  • Reply bobong capalla August 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Can my son have one

  • Reply bobong capalla August 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    he really

  • Reply Avinash Ganapa September 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Im from India  i love your video and the knowledge you share.. im not rich to get my self a pond  so the question is how many small koi can i put  in a 250 gallon  barrel? please help 😀 

  • Reply The Barefooted Gardener October 19, 2014 at 12:52 am

    How big does your pond have to be to keep koi? My pond is roughly 300 gallons. I've heard you need 100 gallons per fish?

  • Reply vijaysai77 November 14, 2014 at 6:22 am

    How to make kois a friendly fish? Mine run away when saw me.

  • Reply gift up December 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    wonderfull….teach me a kind of koi
     is it right…….

  • Reply Matty Baird February 5, 2015 at 2:30 am

    how well ya figure a koi pond would do at -30 and alot of snow during the winter?

  • Reply Daima Gayret March 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

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  • Reply J The Canadian Picker March 29, 2015 at 3:39 am

    odd I got a baby goldfish with out a gilplate dose it effect it in any way

  • Reply Michaelhawkeyes April 18, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Check out the video I made of me feeding a lot of koi

  • Reply XyzElemental KYS May 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    what website is good for buying koi fish?

  • Reply Brian Stuhlsatz June 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Subscribe for a DIY on how to make a bucket pond with the barrels seen in this video!

  • Reply Raquel love June 25, 2015 at 7:21 am

    We always get our koi there…..

  • Reply Ariel Swan July 11, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    how much per fish

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    Hey! I live there nice

  • Reply Alma Bueno July 18, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I want to fish whatever kind

  • Reply Annamatopoeiaa October 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Man I love koi! They are such beautiful fish. When I get older you can bet I'm having koi.

  • Reply Simon Smith October 29, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    is it possible to get in contact  main topic buying and shipping to the caribbean

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    I need help!

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  • Reply aditya putramahardika January 27, 2016 at 11:36 am

    that's awesome sir

  • Reply Grisel Munoz February 13, 2016 at 9:36 pm

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  • Reply Vergil February 16, 2016 at 7:27 am

    what you have to do at the winter time do you just leave them there od do you have to have aquarium inside of your house

  • Reply Ashleigh Davis February 17, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    the yellow one that comes in at the bottom of the screen at exactly 5:00 with the black back… garenteed that one would win a show 😛

  • Reply A Lost YouTube Comment April 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    That tiny fish is $35. What a fucking Jew

  • Reply Ethan L April 25, 2016 at 6:19 pm


  • Reply Mackenzie Flores May 14, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I wish i had 16!

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  • Reply Mackenzie Flores May 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Koi are Preety :3

  • Reply Mackenzie Flores May 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm


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  • Reply airscrew1 June 7, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    How to select the bleeding obvious. What a terrible video. I learnt nothing from this at all.

  • Reply Nathan Yanez June 10, 2016 at 12:11 am

    So how is Buttercup doing these days? A Buttercup status report would be awesome.

  • Reply Thai Fh June 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Not helpful at all. This is something you tell a kid when he go buy a fish a Petsmart. DUH?

  • Reply zxn6869 June 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    was wondering can koi and turtle be in the same pond ? will there be parasite or bacteria that will kill any of them or they will be eaten

  • Reply camron biddle July 9, 2016 at 12:37 am

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  • Reply ItsSonnyGaming July 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Are these Japanese koi?

  • Reply Ryan 2024 August 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    i always look at the vids just to look at the fish

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  • Reply Kathy Lee October 28, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for the vid, I loved it!

  • Reply Crystal Glass Rocks + Decor November 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    This is one of my Favorite video's. I would love you to check out my page to see the Stunning glass Rocks I have to decorate your Koi pond area's. They look Amazing in backyard Koi Ponds… Your video is very informative and helps so much in finding the right Koi with the right information! Thank you so much!
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  • Reply caleb naber December 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    where is this guys shop located and whats it called??

  • Reply Macster K December 17, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Me:*lives in upland for 14 years and never knew this place exists*

  • Reply Laura Serratos January 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    can they be kept in the aquarium s.
    25 gallons or 40 gallons
    they look like comet goldfish wow.

  • Reply Nathalie Arno Rosario January 15, 2017 at 4:21 am

    What are the difference of koi and goldfish? Because my goldfish look like them

  • Reply Caleb Ballard February 13, 2017 at 4:37 am

    how big do they get

  • Reply Caleb Ballard February 13, 2017 at 4:37 am

    cuz I got one the same size as the ones in the video

  • Reply Shanna Corson February 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Kois have always been my favorite fish ? Sadly I do not have the money or materials for owning one

  • Reply Murderdolls Legend April 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I own a koi fish for the first time ND he or she is solid white

  • Reply Huy Tran April 29, 2017 at 3:54 am

    what water can they live in

  • Reply Gabby Pena May 3, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I'm supposed to be writing but what am I doing? I'm watching vids about koi. How did I even get here

  • Reply ghosttype May 18, 2017 at 4:32 am

    ive been keeping aquarium goldfish for 6 years now (im still in my 20's!) and my oldest will be 5 this fall… but i definitely think i'm being converted to outdoor koi from all these videos…. it's my goal one day to have an accomplished pond as well!

  • Reply Nolan McEachern May 31, 2017 at 12:20 am

    my favorite 3 videos on YouTube are this one part two and three. great advice.

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  • Reply SkyMαn 2819 July 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I wanna get a koi some day but Idk what exactly I need cause I wanna get a baby one and raise it but Idk the cost and where to buy them and ect.

  • Reply Janitor Gaming July 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I'm 12 and I may be getting a koi pond.

  • Reply waterchildtera August 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I bought from a local shop there fish had koi lice and killed all my fish ! Over 300 large koi !all fish go through quarantine and get medicated before entering any more !

  • Reply Giobel Koi Center October 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Beautiful koi fish how big is your koi pond?

  • Reply Lynn Phan October 17, 2017 at 4:29 am

    What is the address at this location please ? Mystic koi in Upland Ca ? Thanks

  • Reply Richard B October 28, 2017 at 12:41 am

    oops looks like my xl shubinkan is a koi

  • Reply Stevie Martines November 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm


  • Reply Wayne Carlson November 18, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Great videos not sure if I should buy 30 small and let grow or 10 largerat the start

  • Reply Tech Art Traveler December 2, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Above video is Super ..Pls find another video of koi fishes in Coimbatore,India

  • Reply Ike Louison December 2, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Those koi are bad

  • Reply Agility TM December 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm Checkout this beautiful koi pond!

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  • Reply Tim Kreamer April 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Enjoy looking at Koi they are great fish

  • Reply Stupid Stan June 4, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    6:15 beep beep beep beep beep beep

  • Reply Aslam June 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Seriously the video was a waste of time

  • Reply Sudima June 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    How I pick koi
    1. NO shoulder hump
    2. nice pattern

  • Reply Nông Dân HĐT August 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    good koi

  • Reply chil man September 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Hi I was looking at fish and had seen one with an eye missing and asked if I could by it and they would not lat me they put it in a net and but it separately I whish I had just taken it or gon back a week later to see if it was still there

  • Reply MICHAEL SHANE REYNOLDS September 17, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    richard coy davis fools gold fish or small fish in a big pond , you can keep you davis loves the third BULLSHIT

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  • Reply Pizza Rabbit November 6, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Great video

  • Reply Pizza Rabbit November 6, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Please watch my koi fish video on my channel.
    I've made a pond for koi fish in my backyard

  • Reply Mimi Loves Animals December 23, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Wow, I love Koi fish. Very much koi fish

  • Reply Sarkunan Tigarajan January 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    This was the cràpiest video of all. 0 information. Waste of time.

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  • Reply Hector Estrada January 26, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    How can, i buy from you ?

  • Reply Burhan Dagga February 10, 2019 at 5:57 am

    It is very beautiful looking

  • Reply Mahesh Lade March 25, 2019 at 6:31 am

    nicè information sir

  • Reply Góc Nghệ Thuật June 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Playlist of koi fish lake construction

  • Reply Rohit Chauhan July 22, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Need koi for pond, can they be dilivered to india

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