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Anchorage, Ak 99523
USDA hardiness zone 5

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Koi Dealers The dealer you are buying your Koi from must be a clean facility. Dealers can have greater stocking density than a hobbyist as the tank in which that he is holding the Koi will not be in the facility for an extended period of time. You should keep the Koi in their tanks well-stocked. They must be placed at a distance of a few feet from each other , or at least be separated by a wall. If your dealer has an item that is currently under quarantine, you shouldn't be able to buy an Koi from a tank that is potentially compromised. The water the fish are in must be clear and have sufficient filtration capacity to handle a heavy fish load. Check here to get a useful content about koi-fish. You dealer should conduct virus tests and quarantine on each of his shipments. Beware of any dealer who flies the shipments of Koi in and then immediately offer them up for sale. Health The Koi you are looking at should be healthy. It should be acting normally. If you notice that the Koi flashing (scratching itself on the side of the tank) avoid it, it might be due to a parasite. Check the Koi for ulcers or parasites. Inspect other Koi at the dealer, if you notice a lot of health problems on their fish, then you may want to go elsewhere. Body Conformation The body of a Koi fish should be symmetrical, with no physical deformities. Because of the shape of their bodies as they get older female Koi prefer male Koi. A mature female with have a large body that has a blimp-like form. A mature male has a cigar-like shape to his body. Skin Luster The condition of the skin greatly affects the appearance of the color. If a Koi has a disease, is malnourishedor is in a stressful surroundings, the skin quality will be affected, as will the color. Quality of Color The fish should be the same hue throughout. You wouldn't want any areas of red in the KerutoKoi. Be aware that the color on the head will look different from the body because it won't be dispersed by the scales. Examine the Koi for any color loss. A faded area or patch appears. The colors should be vibrant like, for example, white should be bright with no yellowing. Pattern Edge It is crucial to establish the boundaries of the color pattern. As the Koi grows, blurred edges will become more apparent. Pattern of Colors The color should be uniformly dispersed throughout the body of the fish. A KerutoKoi that has red patterns toward the back of the fish will appear less appealing than one that has a an stepping stone pattern on its back. Price The majority of the small Koi are priced with a fixed price. The larger Koi are priced per individual. Japanese Koi are the most expensive costs. They are show winners and they keep their colors due to strict breeding guidelines. The majority of Koi fish, both locally (US breeders), and imported (Malaysia Indonesia China, ect.) are priced reasonably. However they may be tiny and lose color. Be wary of dealers that try to sell you koi with inflated prices. Most of the time, they label the Koi as "imported" or sell domestically-bred Koi with "Japanese parents" to "improve" the value of their Koi. Any good dealer will know where the Koi originated from.