VIDEO – Stripping Eggs and Milt from Butterfly Koi Broodstock

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!


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3 Responses to VIDEO – Stripping Eggs and Milt from Butterfly Koi Broodstock

  1. Anonymous July 9, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    hi it so awesom the video i have a koi pond and i want to see if i can make this tecnique can you tell me more? hanks

  2. Giovanni Carlo January 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi, what is the ratio of clove oil? and how do you induce female koi to increase the number of eggs and make the eggs mature fast?

  3. Casey LeFever January 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    5 drops of clove oil per gallon of water is a safe ratio for sedation.