There are a few locally but they sell the meaningless 'Grade A' Koi which are essentially the very poorest of quality. There is a dealer at Radcliffe Nr Bury which isn't to far away and deals in much higher quality Japanese Koi. I live very close to Blackburn and I travel to L.E Koi in Nottingham for mine, it's a good excuse to make a day of it and visit Wharf Aquatics too because they are only about 10 miles apart.
Hi Finnipper i dont have transport so i have to use a friend or my dad i did go to one in bury cascades it was a lovely place very very clean and looked after.What do you mean by..'Grade A' Koi which are essentially the very poorest of quality... Sorry but i am new to keeping koi i dont want anything to big 5" ish regards brian
If 5" is the maximum you are looking for then koi aren't the best option, they could easily double that in just one year when small. Shubunkins are probably a better option as they look quite similar but won't grow so quickly or as large.
Grade A are often seen in garden centres and similar places. The term doesn't mean anything but it implies the fish are of good quality when quite often they aren't even a recognisable type.
It's all relative, it's true that in general single coloured varieties grow more quickly and ultimately bigger than the multi coloured varieties but almost all of them can reach 75 cm (30 ins) and they will all double your desired size range well within their first year. Without exception Koi really need a large deep filtered pool to live properly.