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This page was last updated on 2nd December 2008

Quality koi for the discerning hobbyist

The aim of Connoisseur Koi is very simple. It is to source small numbers of high-class koi and offer them for sale at realistic prices. This does not mean however that our koi are cheap - unfortunately the truth is that cheap koi I'm afraid are just that. Having said that we believe that when you consider the quality of our fish the prices actually offer outstanding value for money.  We travel independently to Japan twice a year hand picking koi directly from Niigata's top breeders (both established and up and coming).  We have a very special relationship with Fujio Oomo, the renowned Showa breeder and are honoured to be the main importer of his tategoi Showa to the U.K.

During my 7 years as a BKKS judge I have acquired an invaluable insight into koi appreciation and this understanding has been added to significantly during my trips to Japan by learning from the only real masters. Armed with this knowledge I am looking for something very special in each and everyone of the fish that I select - they must show the potential to improve and grow. Often this means that the fish is nowhere near finished so you have the pleasure of growing it on and observing the improvement.

The important characteristics that need to be present are body shape, skin quality, the bloodline for growth and colours and patterns that have the ability to improve. Obtaining koi like this is not easy and they sell as quickly as we can find them.  We only purchase koi from Japanese breeders and their facilities certified to be free of KHV.

If you are interested in koi of this quality and would like to receive a regular update of new stocks please register on our mailing list. You will then be invited to preview new arrivals or alternatively we can arrange an appointment for you to visit, where you can see them in all their glory.

As well as great koi we are able to supply, to order, virtually any koi related item including pumps, filters, UV's, nets, food etc. all at very competitive prices. If you would like a quote on anything please phone (01189 760224) or e-mail.

Geoff and Tina Kemp

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