Our Story

We're Truly Koi Kichi Here

Choose Koi Wholesale and you can be sure of swimmingly good service. A trade-only supplier, we don’t – and won’t – sell to the public.

With a raft of happy customers, our reputation is well-earned – and it’s vital we maintain your trust by only selling to trade.

Our story started 17 years ago, when we opened the doors to a koi carp retail outlet. After more than a decade and a half in the industry, we realised that the supply chain was lacking somewhat – and that became our inspiration to set up Koi Wholesale. We felt we could make a big difference – and so we set out to do just that.

Owned by Nottinghamshire-based Ricky Stoddart, Koi Wholesale has grown into a thriving koi carp business, which continues to serve clients UK-wide.

It’s all thanks to Ricky’s immense passion for the koi carp industry that the company is thriving. Working alongside his Dad, who also works at Koi Wholesale, he’s been a fish keeper from an early age, and involved in the family firm since aged 10. Now, many years later, he’s extremely proud of the company he’s worked hard to nurture.

The only wholesaler to quarantine its stock – using a special, four-week regime approved by Cefas – Koi Wholesale carries a host of high-quality Koi in one convenient place.

What’s more, our ever-growing expert team knows all there is to know about koi carp. In fact, what they don’t know about the rare breed and how to look after them really isn’t worth knowing. Go on, try them…

  • Experienced Team
    Experienced Team
  • Quality Japan Koi
    Quality Japan Koi
  • Highest Standards
    Highest Standards
  • Largest Koi Facility
    Largest Koi Facility

Meet the Team

Say hello to our diverse and ever-growing team of Japanese koi carp specialists. With a passion for all things koi, our combined experience – of both keeping and selling koi – ensures our unrivalled knowledge of the vibrant koi carp serves our customers well.

Friendly and dedicated, our team has over 40 years in the industry, which means you can more than rest assured that you’ve come to the right place.

Ricky Stoddart

Ricky Stoddart

Managing Director

Ricky’s love for Japanese koi carp extends over 18 years. Since keeping koi aged just 10, at 12 he visited Japan – the birthplace of koi – and at 16 he authored a host of cover features for major koi magazines.

Leaving school after his GCSEs, Ricky completed extended work experience, living with several breeders. For two more summers following his 16th birthday, he spent time in Japan, learning all he could about this rare breed. To say Ricky’s a koi expert is an understatement; winning multiple awards in Japan at huge koi shows, his speciality lies in koi development and spotting young koi with potential.

Respected by top breeders in Japan, Ricky became a founding partner of Koi Wholesale with his Dad some years ago, taking full control of the company in 2015. He also owns a company in Japan, which handles the UK export of Koi Wholesale’s koi, as well as supplying into Europe.

Favourite Variety Ginrin Showa
Favourite Breeder Kansuke
Myles Sharman

Myles Sharman

Business Development

Myles joins us with a wealth of knowledge from both the koi and aquatic dry goods industry, his C.V. is loaded with experience in Sales and Sales Management.

Myles' hands on approach and willingness to get the job done, will hopefully be a real driving force behind Koi Wholesale.

No doubt at some point he will be making a visit to each and every customer.

Favourite Variety Goshiki
Favourite Breeder Hiroi
Andy Stoddart

Andy Stoddart

Livestock Manager

A koi keeper since he was 15, Andrew’s passion remains just as strong – now aged 52. Beginning his career in koi by retailing from home and selling them via local markets, Andrew opened the retail premises – Walesby Aquatics – in 1994.

Operating for 17 years, the shop helped Andrew further develop his knowledge of all things fish – from tropical to marine, and of course, koi.

Hugely passionate about the more unusual varieties of koi, he has incredibly high standards for fish husbandry and still remains an important part of the operation at Koi Wholesale.

Favourite Variety Beni Kikikokuryu
Favourite Breeder Marusaka
Tracey Stoddart

Tracey Stoddart

Accounts

With a CV that’s brimming with managerial experience, Tracey ensures the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Involved in the aquatic industry for a decade and a half, she oversees our bustling day-to-day operations, including key customer accounts.

Getting hands-on by assisting with photography and shipments, Tracey has the most challenging task of all – keeping the men of Koi Wholesale very much in line!

Favourite Variety Doitsu Sanke
Favourite Breeder Shinoda
Julie Richardson

Julie Richardson

Accounts

In charge of the purse strings and the paperwork, Julie has over 40 years’ experience in account management.

With no prior knowledge or experience with fish, other than being the proud owner of two goldfish many moons ago, Julie works alongside Tracey. The absolute heart of the business, the pair ensure everything and everyone stays on track here at Koi Wholesale.

Favourite Variety Ochiba
Favourite Breeder Fujio Oomo

What People Say

Danny Gallimore
Danny Gallimore The Koi Market Ltd

"Every time I visit it never disappoints and they have access to some great fish from breeders all across Japan. They are always on the end of the phone for me and over the years the relationship has become more one of friends, than of just a business relationship.”

Kevin Bolton
Kevin Bolton Exclusively Koi Ltd

"Over the years, Ricky has helped in so many ways, in sourcing and supplying me some excellent fish to suit my clients and my business needs, but also going the extra mile to quarantine fish for me. This in itself has given me a lot of confidence in the company and what they're prepared to deliver as a service. I'd highly recommend contacting Ricky, especially if you want to take your business to another level."

Chris Wall
Chris Wall Perfect Aquatics Ltd

"Ricky’s service and products are very good. I’m really happy with my dealings with Koi Wholesale. The fish are very good quality. We sell a range of Koi livestock and we’ve been over to Japan with Ricky to get exactly what we wanted. We’ve done private client work with Ricky before, sourcing fish for individuals who are after particular types, It worked really well for us. He’s easy to deal with”