About Us

With twenty years experience as a Marine and Freshwater Biologist, Mitch Hird has worked in Public Aquariums in more than 10 countries around the World. He has managed and developed large scale Aquatic displays for companies including Disney and SeaLife Centers. In 2013 Mitch teamed up with Deron Simons of Select Nishikigoi International based in the UK, with the sole intention of supplying high class Koi with a genuine pedigree throughout the Caribbean.

The distances and logistics involved in bringing genuine Japanese Koi to the Caribbean has meant that very few high class fish ever made it to the region. Each year we travel to Japan more times than virtually any other dealer and these frequent visits enable us to be there when special and exclusive Koi become available. Our Koi have amassed a huge number of prizes at Koi Shows in the UK and also at the All Japan Koi Show and we now look forward to bringing the world of High class Koi to the Caribbean.

Once you have developed the 'Koi eye' it can be very frustrating to try and improve your knowledge and understanding. This is where Select Nishikigoi Caribbean can take you to the next level and beyond! Being members of the Shinkokai (The Japanese Breeders and Dealers Association) we are experienced in every aspect of Koi, from judging at the All Japan Koi Show, raising Tategoi to Show level and genuine quality Koi selection. We have over 25 years of Nishikigoi experience and it is this factor that enables us to bring the true top level Koi to the Caribbean. All of this experience has been put into the design and construction of the largest new Specialist Koi facility in the Caribbean.

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Our new specialist retail facility boasts 30,000 litres of purpose built display tanks set in attractive surroundings. We maintain a further 150,000 litres of offsite grow ponds where we grow Tategoi for both ourselves and clients. Our location in Barbados, with its regional hub airport, allows us to airfreight Koi throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Uniquely, we have an on-site laboratory, which provides professional level disease diagnosis and water testing. This combined with our many years of experience allow us to offer fish health and water quality consultations throughout the Caribbean.

With almost half a million litres of water, the UK Select Nishikigoi facility acts as a resting and quarantine stop for all of our Koi, halfway through their 16,000 Km journey from Japan to Barbados. The world class site is equipped with state of the art filtration and highly experienced staff, to ensure the Koi arrive in the Caribbean in optimum health.

Having visited Japan numerous times over the last two decades, Select Nishikigoi has a portfolio of breeders that not only have Koi that are stunning in Japan, but Koi that are also suitable for our tropical waters. Many Koi that may be very beautiful in Japan, cannot always adapt to water in the Caribbean, it is the knowledge gained over many years that provides us with the ability to make these judgements. It is this understanding that created the opportunity for Select Nishikigoi Caribbean to be offered the Sole Caribbean Agency for Koi No Yohei. This is likely to be the Farm that will make the largest impact on the Nishikigoi world in the next few years, with their F3 New Hybrid Koi now ready to make a massive impact at Koi Shows all over the World.

Buying quality Nishikigoi is not about today, it is about tomorrow. To understand how any individual Koi will develop in the future, you must have an understanding of their past and this only comes from experience. In your search for outstanding Koi, Select Nishikigoi Caribbean can be your portal into the world of truly high class Japanese Nishikigoi.

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