Buy Live Koi and Goldfish

Information to help you buy live Koi & Goldfish:

Buy Live Koi and Goldfish

April thru September we have Koi and Goldfish in display tanks at our facility in Richmond, IL. You are able to view the fish, and if you find one that you like, we will carefully net it out and package it up for you to take home. We put the fish in large plastic bags with oxygen, so they will be fine for multi-hour car rides. Ideally, you should bring a tub with you to put the bag in for the trip home. Rubbermaid tote tubs work great. The largest bags are about 2 feet long by 18 inches wide when full, and weigh up to 20 to 25 pounds. If you don’t have an appropriately sized tub, we can box up the bag for a small fee.

Below is an availability list that we typically update weekly during the season. You can email us at if you want to check on something before making the trip:

Update. 9-27-16. All the Koi and Goldfish have been put away for the winter.  We will have them available again in the spring when weather permits.      

Decorative Grade Koi

These Koi are just as healthy as their select and premium grade brothers and sisters, but they just didn’t make the cut! You will still find nice looking fish in this grade, but their colors may not be as bright.

Item # Koi Size Availability Price
DG46 4-6” Decorative Koi Spring 2017 $10.00 ea.
DG68 6-8” Decorative Koi Spring 2017 $24.00 ea.
DG810 8-10” Decorative Koi Spring 2017 $39.00 ea.
DG1012 10-12” Decorative Koi Spring 2017 $59.00 ea.
DG1214 12-14” Decorative Koi Spring 2017 $89.00 ea.

Select Grade Koi

This grade has both Butterfly and Standard Fin Koi with bright colors, sharp patterns and good body shape. There are some metallic Koi mixed in, as well as some of the basic Japanese varieties.

Item # Koi Size Availability Price
SG46 4-6” Select Koi Spring 2017 $19.00 ea.
SDG68 6-8” Select Koi Spring 2017 $42.00 ea.
SG810 8-10” Select Koi Spring 2017 $64.00 ea.
SG1012 10-12” Select Koi Spring 2017 $99.00 ea.
SG1214 12-14” Select Koi Spring 2017 $149.00 ea.

Premium Grade Koi

The Premium grade is made up of Butterfly Koi with long, graceful fins, and Standard Fin Koi with very bright colors and many with recognizable Japanese color patterns and varieties including Sanke, Showa, Asagi, Kohaku, Ogon, Tancho and more.

Item # Koi Size Availability Price
PG46 4-6” Premium Koi Spring 2017 $34.00 ea.
PG68 6-8” Premium Koi Spring 2017 $54.00 ea.
PG810 8-10” Premium Koi Spring 2017 $89.00 ea.
PG1012 10-12” Premium Koi Spring 2017 $159.00 ea.
PG1214 12-14” Premium Koi Spring 2017 $239.00 ea.

Common Goldfish

Although this grade of Goldfish is not the fanciest, they go through the same strict quarantine and treatment procedure as our other Koi and Goldfish. Most Commons are orange, but some white, red and bronze colored specimens are sometimes mixed in.

Item # Size Availability Price
CG35 3-5” Common Goldfish Spring 2017 $2.00 ea.
CG57 5-7” Common Goldfish Spring 2017 $7.00 ea.
CG7+ 7”+ Common Goldfish Not Available $17.00 ea.

Fancy Goldfish

Our Fancy Goldfish include Sarrassa Commons, Shubunkins, Multi-color Fantails and the occasional Wakins.

Item # Size Availability Price
FG35 3-5” Fancy Goldfish Spring 2017 $6.00 ea.
FG57 5-7” Fancy Goldfish Spring 2017 $15.00 ea.
FG7+ 7”+ Fancy Goldfish Spring 2017 $26.00 ea.

39 Responses to “Buy Live Koi and Goldfish”

  1. John Li July 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Bought many Kois from Keystone Hatchery, never, ever had a disease problem. Depending on your expertise in choosing koi, I bought a few listed as Decorative grade that actually turned out a show stopper. When I came out for Kois, the owner actually was nice enough to allow me to purchase a few trouts to take home for dinner as well (now that’s customer service). Best call in to make sure there is a nice stock of Kois prior to making the trip. Being able to pick out your own koi is the best part. Kids like to go outside to see what is in the ponds.

    • Mike Robinson July 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi John, thanks for your kind words!

  2. Larry Kanar April 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Do you have 4-6″ butterfly koi?

    • Mike Robinson April 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Yes! They are mainly in with the select and premium grade. We used to separate them out, but we quit doing that.

  3. Rick Nelson May 1, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Do you have a good supply of 4 to 6 decorative KOI. Will probably come out Saturday if selection is available

    • Mike Robinson May 15, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      4-6″ decorative supply is so-so. Very good supply of Select grade though.

  4. Steve Phillips June 16, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    I had some free time on saturday so I decided to check out Keystone, and I’m glad I did! Right when I walked in I was greeted with friendly smiles and I knew it was going to be a good experience. Anxious to see what lay in back, I quickly made my way past a nice selection of pond supplies and koi foods, and through a door into koi Meca! Before me were troughs full of koi of all varieties, sizes, and prices! The worst part of the trip…. having to choose between the endless types of koi in each tank. In the end I found two beauties I’ve been looking for, a Kumonryu and an Orengi Ogon,just glows in my pond, and best of all they were in the 6-8″ decorative koi! Gems!!! I bought some food on the way out and by the end of the day they were eating it! Great place, Great service, Great Koi!!!! Thanks Again!!! I’ll Be Back!!!

    • Mike Robinson June 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Wow…and I didn’t even pay someone to write that…thanks Steve!

    • Judy Johnson May 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      We have been to Keystone many times. A Blue Heron ate all of my fish two years ago, including my favorite $170 Koi. We let the pond rest last year hoping the Heron would forget about us. We are planning a trip to restock our pond with some new beauties. I agree that it’s really hard to leave fish behind. They are all so beautiful I want them all. I bring my husband along to help me with this problem! LOL Thanks for a great place.


  5. Phil ontiveros July 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    I am looking fora 12-14inchblack and white decorative koi, do you have anything like this ?

    • Mike Robinson July 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      right now the only bekko and utsuri that we have are 4-6″ or 6-8″. And they’d probably be in the select or premium batches, not decorative.

  6. joe salinas September 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    hi i was wondering if u stock any ranchu goldies thanks great site

    • Mike Robinson September 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

      No we don’t. I don’t think they are the best pond fish because I believe they can be slow to react to predators.

  7. Mark September 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Any small perfect white Koi into this and next week?

    • Mike Robinson September 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Nope, sorry, but they have been put away for winter!

  8. Linda Parker October 4, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Hi-I know it’s late in the season but I am looking to stock some koi in my pond. I prefer long finned. Are you able to fill any koi orders?

    • Mike Robinson October 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

      No, sorry, but they are put away for winter…none available until spring!

  9. Bob Liautaud March 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Hey Mike,

    The birds had a feast with my fish last fall. Went from having fourteen 12 to 18 inchers to just four.

    When is the best time in April to come and buy koi?

    • Mike Robinson March 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Bob, we always shoot for the first couple weeks of April to put up the first batch, but it depends on the weather. You can email us or check the for current availability.

      To have the best survival, you should wait until your pond water reaches 60F because we have to hold our fish at 60F+. If your water is much under 60F, then you will temperature shock them, which isn’t good.

  10. Megan Kearfott April 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    When do you start selling koi.. Is it good to move them yet or should I wait for pond temps to rise.

    • Mike Robinson April 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

      We just updated that we hope to have them ready by April 16 or 17. Wait until your pond water is in the 60’s. Then you should be good to go.

      • Megan Kearfott April 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

        Do you have a good selection now we are planning on making the trip on Saturday

        • Mike Robinson April 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm #


        • Mike Robinson April 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

          I should say that we do not have 12″+ up yet, but a good selection of smaller ones.

  11. Terry Landry May 4, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    I live in Decatur,Illinois. What is your address? I would like to visit your facility.

    • Mike Robinson May 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      11409 Keystone Road, Richmond, IL.

  12. John Li May 7, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    On what days in the week do you typically transfer new batch of Kois from the pond to the bins for sale? Also any update on availability of larger kois (12-14 inches)

    • Mike Robinson May 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      We do not have a regular schedule on the Koi move ups. On the 12″+, we are waiting for warmer weather. I hope to have some ready to go by June 1st.

  13. Anthony A. May 18, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    I just wanted to write about my recent trip to check out some koi and goldfish on Saturday. Anyone looking for quality fish need to check out Keystone. I showed up early on a Saturday morning unannounced and was greeted kindly by a women in the front office. She showed me where all the fish for sale were and left me alone to look over each of the tanks. It was refreshing to not feel rushed or pressured by sales associates to make a purchase. Once I was ready to start making my purchases a young man helped net each fish carefully so that I could get a closer inspection of each fish. He was very patient with me and I really appreciated it. While I was checking out, the owner(I assume) came out and answered all my questions about gamefish stocking. The young men then helped me load my 7 new fish into my car. Fantastic quality fish and customer service. Thanks for a great experience and I’ll certainly be a return customer!

  14. Bob Moore May 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    What are your store hours and address as I live in Arlington Heights and would like to buy some fish for my small pond

    • Mike Robinson May 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

      Store hours are on the lower right side of this page, or here:

  15. Diane Garcia October 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Hi! Just a quick question, I wanted to know if you have any butterfly koi fish available 6-8 inches?

    • Mike Robinson October 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      We will have plenty in the spring. All of our Koi have been put away until then.

  16. Ron L. February 29, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    I’ve bought some beautiful koi here, but they really helped me when my pump died. I couldn’t. Find the right one , so I made the drive up here and they were VERY helpful and had just the right one. Thanks.

  17. Kathie Janda May 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    We were out a couple weeks ago & Koi were not available yet….wondering if stocked & available now?

    • Mike Robinson May 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

      Yes, they have been available for a couple weeks, but the temperature has been cold outside. We recommend not stocking them until your pond hits about 60F.

  18. Daniel Balys May 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Today was our first trip to Keystone and we were all excited to see what we would find. Brought along friends from our children’s school in the City and each one got to choose 2 decorative and 1 other Koi. Left with 15 new family members to join the Goldfish in our pond. The entire experience was nothing short of wonderful. The person netting the fish for us checked each one to make sure it wasn’t injured and was healthy. He was also patient as it did take a good amount of time for 3 kids and 2 adults to pick out just the right fish. Mike, the owner, was extremely helpful in advising us on all things “fish” and feeding them– which he said based on our 1 acre pond size wouldn’t be necessary. Here’s to hoping we aren’t feeding the Heron and Eggret expensive Koi in addition to the Goldfish

  19. jerry b February 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    Would like to start a koi pond this coming summer,don’t know anything about this hobby. Would it be possible to do this in a 350 gallon galvanized trough. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Mike Robinson February 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      Absolutely can not do that without covering the galvanized metal. Galvanized is toxic to fish because of the heavy metals that it leaches into the water. You would either need to paint it with Pond Shield or cover it with a Pond Liner. Probably more trouble than it is worth. Most people dig holes in the ground and cover it with underlayment and liners.

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