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1100 Ozark Fisheries Road
Stoutland, MO 65567

2195 State Road 37 North
Martinsville, IN 46151

Toll-Free: (800) 775-3474
Phone: (573) 381-0062
Fax: (573) 741-0413
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Koi Information » Koi Breeding

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Koi Breeding

Koi Breeding

BROODSTOCK - Koi fish breeding starts with maintaining quality broodstock. Ozark Fisheries' production staff continuously selects koi and butterfly koi to put back for future broodstock. Those koi fish are then sorted through multiple times as they mature, narrowing down the selection of broodstock to only the best.

SPAWNING - The first signs of koi fish spawning typically begins in April and can run as late as July. Ozark Fisheries uses two methods to spawn koi and butterfly koi. The first method is pond spawning and the second method is tank spawning. Pond spawning is done by placing mats along the edges of our mud ponds and allowing the koi fish to spawn naturally. Once signs are shown that the koi have stopped spawning, the mats are removed from that pond and transferred to another mud pond were the koi fish eggs will hatch.

Tank spawning is done by placing our koi fish brooders in heated tanks and allowing them to spawn over mats. This method is much more controlled as more eggs can be collected do to the location of mats as opposed to pond spawning. Once the koi and butterfly koi have finished spawning the mats are removed from the tank and placed in another heated tank inside our hatching building. These koi fish eggs are then monitored 24 hours a day for 3 days, making sure the environment is perfect for these beauties to thrive. Once hatched, our koi and butterfly koi fry will stay in these holding tanks for a few more days before they will hauled to a mud pond.

POND TREATMENT - Our mud ponds are constantly being monitored by our production staff to make sure the environment is just right for our broodfish and koi fish fry. Ponds must be checked for overcrowding, feed intake, bugs, weeds, oxygen levels and predators (just to name a few).

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