Each spring brings about spawning season at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery. Breeders are injected with hormones and left to spawn on breeding mats (video of this process coming soon).
However a few fish do not spawn on the mats when planned. These fish must be “stripped” of their eggs and milt, with the two then mixed together and spread into a tank to attach to the provided breeding mats.
Randy LeFever, owner of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, demonstrates the stripping technique on two Shusui Butterfly breeders.
Both fish are sedated with a mixture of clove oil and grain alcohol. They are relaxed and easy to handle while sedated, but wake up quickly after being placed back into fresh water.
These eggs will hatch and grow up to become part of our one-year old crop of Butterfly Koi for 2015. Dealers, contact us today to learn how you can provide top quality Blue Ridge Butterfly Koi to your customers!