UKNishikigoi is one of the very few if not the only Koi outlet within the UK to be fully tested by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). UKnishikigoi can export Koi all over the world with our authorisation from Cefas. We work very closely with Cefas all year round and get frequent visit from the fish health inspectorate.
As an approved farm we are monitored annually for SVC disease, (visceral samples are taken from 30 fish at random and the sample is then processed at the laboratory using cell culture techniques) As an approved farm you are only allowed to receive stocks from sources that are from zones that are free from SVC and have health certification to verify this
All new Koi that are imported from Japan are transferred straight into our quarantine facility where they are settled in before we start the blood testing. After the tests have been sent away to Cefas to check for the KHV virus, we then take the temperature up to 25C and keep them there for 10 days before dropping the temperature to a cool 14/15C. We repeat this procedure twice. When we receive the blood testing and other testing back from Cefas we make sure the Koi have no parasites and begin to add a small amount of salt to the water mixed with elbagin which is a mild antiseptic. This relaxes the Koi and heals any minor knocks or scrapes they fish have suffered while traveling.
During the quarantine period we do not allow anyone apart from UKN staff to go over to the quarantine facility. When we do go over, we make sure we change our footwear and scrub our arms and hands. We believe these procedures are best for our Koi and our clients. Once the Koi are free of all parasites and all results are back they can then be viewed. We want our clients to have the safest and healthiest Koi available, and to be able to buy our Koi with complete confidence. Our Bio Security and quarantine protocol are taken very seriously.
UKNishikigoi is a frequent user of Virkon S Aquatic. We use Virkon for our Koi and sterilising equipment and foot dips etc.