Breeding Koi rocks, and this can be very profitable for you. Not only will you get big, beautiful, colorful fish, but you also stand to get a big fat payday too. While some people feel that Koi make better pets than they make investments, to each of his own and if you have the money to breed them, go for it.
While making money appeals to everyone, losing money has the opposite effect. Creating a business may be big or small and has quite a few risks involved in one form or another. It’s important to keep in mind that there is not a money-back guarantee. There are no refunds, store credits, or equal exchanges, so unless you are successful at breeding the Koi, you will lose all around the board.
Breeding Koi is “Not for the Faint Of Heart.” This is a very tedious task that requires a highly motivated individual, with a high tolerance level, plenty of time on their hands, who pays a lot of attention to detail and has the money required to begin the breeding process. All work and no play will pay off eventually, but first, you have to put your all into the start-up.
Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, so how much can you afford to invest in breeding the Koi? Do you already have the money saved up, or do you have to borrow the funds from someone? Keep in mind; while you want to remain optimistic throughout the entire process, if things do not go as planned, you stand to lose everything.
So, before you ask uncle Sam for that $1500 loan, have a backup plan, just in case your final result is a $0 profit, or you break even. Knowing how much you would like to make as a profit potentially will definitely gear you in the right direction when purchasing the materials, Koi, and equipment.
Initially, it will appear as though you already lost out because of how much money you spend without having any Koi spawned, but that is a temporary feeling. Patience is key when breeding Koi.
- Be prepared by writing down step by step everything that you will need for your project. A few helpful tips such as these would be good to keep in mind (not listed in any particular order):
- Select Koi that will spawn the best-looking Koi possible. Don’t just purchase the first ones you see. This will be a critical mistake.
(You may want to get two male Koi (of the same bloodline) to help with the fertilization process)
- Age is everything when purchasing the Koi.
(Being the perfect age (between 2-5 years) will increase the chances of producing spawn)
- Ensure that you have a Koi pond big enough to accommodate all of the Koi, including their spawn. (Koi produce thousands of spawn at a time, so be fully prepared)
- Keep a watchful eye on the process.
- Be mindful of how much time it can take for the Koi to breed.
- Research. (Don’t assume you know what you are doing. If you mess up even one step, you have already failed)
I am sure you get the idea. You want to make sure that with every step you take, you are watching your dollars. Essentially, you are only doing this because you stand to make a profit. “Swimming with the fishes” is a mobster term that means someone has probably drowned or possibly been murdered, set up a realistic budget for your project, or you will be eating like a fish for a while.