The Science and Art of Koi and Goldfish
Koi and goldfish have been staples in the hobby for a long time, and continue to gain in popularity as staples for aquatic water gardens as well as indoor tank systems. The beautiful color and finnage variations in both species have been developed over hundreds of years, and now some lines and individual fish have tremendous economic and prestige value.
My guest today is Joe Pawlak, President of Blackwater Creek Koi Farms, Inc., based in Eustis, Florida. Blackwater Creek Koi Farms is a top producer of quality koi here in the U.S. Joe’s company is comprised of 3 farms located in central and NW Florida, and specializes in butterfly koi, as well as standard koi and goldfish varieties. In addition, Joe produces a line of high quality fish food. Joe also does double duty as President of the National Organization of Goldfish Growers in America, and works closely with wholesalers, retailers, and hobbyist groups. Today Joe will discuss koi and goldfish—from breeding and growing, to clubs and showing. Come and join us!
Joe Pawlak is President of Blackwater Creek Koi Farms Inc. based in Florida, and the National Organization of Goldfish Growers in America (NOGGA). His role is guidance of the business's 65 acres of ponds and facilities comprised of 3 farms located in central and northwestern Florida. Blackwater Creek Koi Farms specializes in butterfly koi as well as standard fin koi and various goldfish varieties. In addition, Joe produces and sells high quality koi and goldfish food under the Aquatic Nutrition Inc. label.
What makes their business unique is the fact that they isolated themselves from the outside fish world approximately 7 years ago. This has provided them greater biosecurity and protection from various emerging fish diseases in the industry and the ability to proactively abide by the new and upcoming international laws regarding fish transport. Over 30 varieties of koi are currently in production at Blackwater Creek Koi Farms Inc. However, the number of varieties produced continues to expand and each year brings new colors /patterns and types not seen before. As an American koi farm, there are many challenges that face the business—but continued efforts with hardwork and dedication have paid off and Blackwater Creek Koi Farms is now recognized as a top producer of quality koi here in the USA.