You can see ‘Day 1 at Koicentrum van Keulen’ here – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/08/18/day-1-at-koicentrum-van-keulen-2/

Thankfully the rain abated sufficiently for us to start the weeks round of culling, although the weather was rather chilly, but more of that in a while.

In yesterday’s post I mentioned the ‘private’ area of Koicentrum van Keulen.  Below are some pictures of it.

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The 4 ponds each contain 100tons of water and were designed and constructed as growing ponds, for stock purchased in Japan, as well as tategoi from the breeding programme.  They also contain Koi left by customer’s as azukari.


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Also accessible from this area is the nerve centre that runs all of the ponds in both the retail area and the private area.

An industrial compressor that provides aeration for the whole facility.


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As mentioned earlier, with the rain stopped it was chance to get on with some culling.  A pond of several thousand fry spawned at the beginning of June was netted.  It contained a mix of of wagoi (fully scaled) Kohaku and Showa and Doitsu Kohaku and Showa.  This was the second cull.

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Our culling tank could have been a set up from anywhere in Japan

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Jeroen started sorting through the fry as I took some pictures, this gave me the chance to get a feel for the level he was selecting to.  Some breeders can be stricter than others depending on the number they desire, or have the facilities to keep.

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These 2 shots show random keepers from the selection, you can see scaled and doitsu versions of both Showa and Kohaku.

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These 2 shots show a few select Showa, again both doitsu and scaled versions.


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This Doitsu Showa is one that I picked out which hopefully has a sufficiently distinct and identifiable pattern that it can be identified at later culls so we can follow its progress.

As i sat sorting through the tank of fry my mind easily drifted to Yamakoshi where I’ve been fortunate enough to have done exactly the same task on many an occasion.  As with any fry there is a long road ahead and much can happen between this stage and age and becoming a nisai or sansai.  Whilst discussing this subject Jeroen very rightly said, ‘I’m only thinking ahead to the next cull’.


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We have 3 more ponds of fry to select through over the coming 2 days.  Outside my hotel window this morning the sky over Hellendoorn is rather more promising than it has been for most of my stay in Holland.

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