We are Got Koi, Inc!

 

Our Mission: 

Got Koi will provide high quality Koi, pond products, equipment and Koi husbandry services. Our goal is to help people find peace through the enjoyment of their wet pets and ponds. 

Got Koi is a family owned and operated business.

Matt Rancourt has been the owner and manager of Got Koi since its inception in 1998. Matt's skills as a pond designer and builder, filtration expert, and fish handler were honed from on-the-job experience, classes in koi and pond health, a love of the fish, and the challenge of creating a successful pond system. Matt's entrepreneurial beginnings at the age of 10 as a local paperboy eventually brought him to start Got Koi. He has worked exclusively at Got Koi since 2002 serving clients’ needs, building and maintaining clients' ponds, and building the Got Koi ponds. Got Koi incorporated in 2005, giving Matt the additional title of President.

Noreen Rancourt, Matt’s mom, is volunteers at Got Koi since retiring from her career as a medical technician. With a BA in Medical Technology, a minor in Chemistry, and 30 years of experience working in the medical industry, Noreen brings to the company a solid scientific knowledge of health and disease issues, including identifying parasites with a microscope, which translates easily into the care of koi. She provides ongoing consulting and is a helpful member of our team. 

Jessica Rancourt, Matt’s wife, is our office manager. She helps out with customer relations, accounting, advertising, written media, and the Got Koi image. 

 Jax Rancourt is the Got Koi baby, generally busy growing, being cute, and letting the koi nibble at his toes. As the only baby we know with a koi-themed nursery, we’re sure “fish” will be one of his first words.

Our humble beginnings and what we're doing now

Got Koi started like many Koi hobbyists with a passion for the fish. We began slowly, with a few tanks in the house growing to a tank in every room and too many fish to count. We bought Koi and we were hooked: the desire for a pond was growing, and soon our backyard was mid-dig with visions of a peaceful Koi and plant retreat in our minds. We quickly realized, like so many before us, that ponds are a lot of work and the fish rapidly outgrew the pond. We came to the conclusion that we would need an even larger pond, our hobby moving into a full-fledged business and the number of fish in our care growing exponentially.

Every one we talked to said “deeper is better”. Once it was deep some said “well if you can go another foot, it would be better”. Soon our pond expansion was a full manpower project. Truck loads of dirt went out. More people came in to look at the work we were doing and to point us in the right direction. Soon we had over twenty different, often conflicting, suggestions telling us how to set up the pond and what filter would be best. Our heads were swimming from the many different well-intentioned suggestions.

After an AKCA conference in San Diego we knew what had to be done. We had to build a pond with a settling tank, which we hadn’t done before, and that the settling tank had to be easy to clean. We only moved forward with one system in our minds and after what seemed decades (but was really one year) of back and forth work, we finally built the pond to the point that it was habitable by our fish, who were thrilled to have 10,000 gallons in which to swim. In the two years since our system was completed, we’ve tweaked it, but the basic arrangement has been running from the beginning.

Our fish reside in a 10,000 gallon pond, 10’ wide by 20’ long, 4’ deep in the shallow end and 7’ deep in the deep end. We have a liner and plan to have a waterfall and a framed in top, but until then it suffices with a shade cover to keep the oak leaves out from the neighboring tree. We have two bottom drains in the deep end of the pond, each feeding into a separate settling tank. 

We have a VS Micro screen in the first settling tank, and a home built system in the second settling tank. The first tank goes through the micro screen to a ¼ hp sequence pump. The water is then pumped into a Advantage 15 (from Sacramento Koi) and then though a 200watt Aqua UV sterilizer, and back to the pond.

The second settling tank then runs up flow though Japanese mats in two additional chambers. The water is then pumped into the Advantage filter previously mentioned.

As this is a liner pond and we do not have the alkalinity added from cement, it is important for us to run some of the water through a small gravel filter for the buffering effect the gravel adds.

As time progressed we felt that we could share the knowledge gained from our own pitfalls with others and became more active as dealers within the Koi community. We have been working with our pond and many others for several years now, helping other people to have their own peaceful Koi retreat without as much of the difficulty and work that we had to go through. We’re still in it for the reason we began; it is the passion for the fish that continues to drive us to learn more about keeping them happy, healthy, and in well balanced, efficient ponds.