Here at Yume Koi, we take quarantine extremely seriously.

KHV is a very real problem, and will decimate entire collections in the case of an outbreak. We know this by having learned the hard way.

As such, we tread very carefully with this virus. Luckily, with our Japanese skills, we have made all of our chosen breeders very aware of the risks, and always ask the breeders whether the Koi have been heated up as Tosai (for sleeping sickness), etc, in order to asses the safety of the Koi we are looking to buy.

After shipping the Koi, we rest them and do preliminary parasite treatments. Then, once we know the Koi are in good condition, each and every single Koi is blood sampled and ELISA tested. If any samples return a dubious result, a second sample is then taken, and sent to America for Virus Neutralisation testing, as well as an ELISA retest. Any Koi failing this second stage is destroyed. Once we have a result returned saying that the retest shows absolutely no antibody titer, we then proceed with temperature cycling, just in case any of the Koi have been exposed to active virus prior to shipping. The reason for this, is that we have proven that it is possible to expose a Koi to the virus, and then cool it down and have everything look ok (temporarily of course). But, once warmed up, the virus will then multiply and continue on the rampage.

We always make certain that Koi are well settled after quarantine, and not suffering from Ana-aki, Fufusho, or parasitic problems. This ensures that the Koi has the best possible chance to be trouble free, and healthy.

The downside to our quarantine regime, is that it is very lengthy. Our typical quarantine period is 8 to 10 weeks, but can take a little longer in some cases.