I have a smaller pond 1000-1200 gallons. I would still like to collect more than 3-4 koi, and can't expand my pond.
I have heard of respected breeders in Japan that have intentionally bred high quality koi (bonsai) koi. I'm not talking about breeding in high nitrate environments and starving the poor devils, but breeding lines that are smaller and have beautiful proportions, skin, and color.
Does anyone know of a dealer in the states that specializes in this? I know there's a domestic breeder that does this - http://www.koitogo.com/ - but I'd really like to get Japanese lines...
If not, here is my plan. Please tell me if it makes sense:
Buy smaller male nisai.
Buy male Doitsu Sanke, Kohaku or Showa or maybe Doitsu Shiro Utsuri (I have heard they grow slower)
Feed high quality, lower protein foods