Updated: Feb 11, 2019
On our most recent trip I had the chance to sit down and talk with Taro Kodama about how KHV (Koi herpesvirus) has really caused a problem with koi keepers and dealers alike. It appears that the first cases of KHV came our of Israel and then spread from there. The strains we see today are more serious and can cause significant loss of life and enjoyment to all who are effected. I was contacted recently by a koi judge who asked me to clarify about how and what we were doing to protect our clientele from the problem. We all learn the hard way or the easy way. In this case the loss was manageable although it came at a high price. I have heard about cases in which whole businesses closed due to the problem and I nor anyone else wants to be part of that. Quarantine is huge and so is testing. Although, you can quarantine and test it does not mean that everything is perfect. It takes a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort to be committed to prevention of spreading the disease. One of the ways we are handling the approach is that every singe breeder is separated into their respective quarantine holding ponds. That pond is equipped with it's own filtration and is not allowed to be in contact with for a minimum of 30 days. This way we can ensure that no cross contamination occurs. Since testing is not enough the water temperature has to be raised up to around 75 degrees to activate the illness. It is at that point that the tell tale signs of KHV will appear. If we find any signs of KHV the pond is put down and no koi will ever be shipped from that pond. Also the breeder in Japan is notified about the outbreak. Then a through disinfection process begins starting with bleach and disposal. That is the best way and it is the only way to be safe. Even when the koi leave quarantine and are shipped to our store the same process is repeated. When it comes to your home and your koi I suggest taking the same approach. Keep your koi safe and enjoy the most beautiful fish in the world! Safe Keeping My Friends!