Q.) Why should I suggest Koi or Goldfish for my customers?
A.) Both of these fish are coldwater varieties which mean they can withstand the wide temperatures of winter and summer. They have the same diet demands of a low protein diet in cooler water and higher protein diet in warmer water. Both Koi and Goldfish will reproduce in the pond. But the big difference is their desire to eat plants, personality and their size.
Goldfish are a great selection, especially for the customer who neglects feeding their ponds. Goldfish come in a variety of distinct shapes and colors. Goldfish are often the first fish customers select and later upgrade to Koi. Goldfish on average will have a maximum length of 10 to 12 inches and most fancy varieties even smaller. Their body shapes can range widely from elongated with flowing fins to round spheres with unusual eye formations. While we can familiarize goldfish to come to the edge of a pond when people approach, generally they are not as sociable as Koi. The best of class, top-selling goldfish generally sell for about 100 to 150 US dollars.
Koi will eventually nibble and eat pond plants. As Koi grow they become more and more veracious eaters of plants. Koi on average grow up to 36 inches in length and even bigger. But one of the best features about Koi is that they are more sociable and friendly with grater interactions with people than goldfish. As Koi are fed on a daily basis and the customer stay to watch them eat, they will develop companionships with people. The interaction of fish with people promotes others who visit the pond to want Koi. For the business Koi can sell for thousands of dollars each and they are voracious eaters. Selling higher priced animals with a greater opportunity to sell products promotes a strong business.
One of the best ways to have Koi in a pond is to have a second pond well-planted connected to the first. This allows the customer to enjoy their plants and the flowers they produce and the interaction with the Koi. So selling Koi can often promote a second pond or an addition to an existing pond. The other opportunity is to design a pond with extensive filtration to handle the larger volume of fish mass associated with Koi. Either approach is correct and strengthens your sales portfolio.