Made in Eastern Iowa: Kloubec Koi Farm

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By Rachel Begle

AMANA, Iowa - It's not your typical farm; they don't grow corn or soybeans, instead this business is quite fishy.

"There's several hundred varieties of Koi," said Ellen Kloubec. The Kloubec Koi farm hatches between 15 and 20 million fish a year. "Artificially spawn them. Strip the eggs, strip the melt, do the fertilization, do the whole incubation." Kloubec staff then narrows down the hatch to the very best to sell to both wholesale and individual customers.

"Everything is shipped by overnight UPS, so our customers who are retailing the fish, they get the fish in usually by noon the next day," said Kloubec.

“Hi sweetie, Hi, yes! We haven't seen you for a while, it's been cold,” said Holly Kloubec as she talked to and petted a fish that they’ve fondly nicknamed the “Yellow Sub.” “She's so sweet, she's such a good girl.” The Kloubec family has discovered that breeding and farming Koi is a labor of love. That love is something their customers get hooked on too.

"Once they start, they build a pond, they put in fish, they start to interact with their fish, they build a relationship with them, like the Yellow Sub,” said Ellen Kloubec. “It's addicting and a lot of fun, just like a pet."

The Koi are hatched and grown in 80 acres of farm ponds near the Amanas. They've only been farming Koi since the 80's, but they’ve got quite the legacy already in Eastern Iowa. "The farm has been in our family for close to 100 years," said Ellen Kloubec. The Kloubec Koi farm has focused in on fish quality, and the traits that each different fish carries. The Kloubecs have traveled to Japan to seek out the very best in traits, to then breed here in Eastern Iowa. The staff is working on catching new customers around the globe, hoping to soon offer Koi to customers in the U.K.

The company has also expanded its business to include pond building, with the hopes that those customers will also stock their ponds with Kloubec Koi.

Click Here to visit Kloubec Koi Farm's Website


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