This is a somewhat belated post following my visit to Purdin Koi Farm back in November.

You can read other posts about my visit at the following links:

Purdin Koi Farm from the air

Visit to Purdin Koi Farm – meeting Scott

The miracle mother?

 


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The purpose of my visit was to coincide with the Purdin Koi Farm harvest event which saw a number of nisai offered for sale, and a number of this year’s tosai being offered for the first time.

In the few days prior to the event there was lots of sorting of tosai, selecting the definite tategoi that would be grown on without question, and selecting those that would be offered for sale at the open weekend.

The Koi photographed below are a few that I picked out as being particularly interesting for one reason or another.  Some were from the definite tategoi, others are Koi that were offered for sale and not sold over the weekend, and subsequently returned to the tosai tategoi growing ponds.  All were around 5-6 months old when photographed.

Kohaku

As a general rule I prefer Kohaku with interesting, read that as unique, patterns.  You can read more thoughts on this here – http://nishikigoi.life/2014/09/13/the-importance-of-pattern-2/.  The 3 Kohaku presented below have rather more ‘ordinary’ patterns than I would personally like, but had qualities to attract the eye.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

The Kohaku above was offered for selection as part of a grow out competition.  The 2 step pattern is really rather simple, but would probably look more appealing once it grows larger.  As the body fills out the white area on the left of the body between between pectoral and pelvic fins will become more visible making the pattern more pleasing.  I suspect however very much male.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

This Kohaku was offered for sale on the open weekend but remained unsold.  I think a pretty solid prospect all round to grow on further and it has subsequently returned to the growing on ponds.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

This was my personal number 1 Kohaku tosai tategoi at Purdin that I saw.  All round nice quality, good strong body line.  Pleasing 3 step pattern.

Sanke

Breeders the world over will tell you that Sanke are the hardest variety to breed.  Here are several young tosai that caught my eye.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

This maruten Sanke has very nice sumi placement, working really nicely with the fairly small red markings, and most importantly falling on the white ground.  Suspiciously male looking?  Maybe, time will tell.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

The Sanke has an unusual beni pattern, perhaps a little bit sparse at the back end, however, again, we see that the sumi is potentially coming in interesting and complimentary places on the white ground.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

This Sanke has an interesting beni pattern and it looks like sumi could come in very pleasing areas on the back of the head, and then on the white area before the dorsal.  Body perhaps not as strong as the one above.

Goshiki

The Goshiki tosai, produced from a new combination of a large traditional style female, and 3 males originating from Kanno and Koda Koi Farms were particularly interesting, exhibiting several different styles.  I’m really interested to see how these develop over the coming months as tosai, and then hopefully further on as nisai.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This is one that I acquired personally so is of very special interest.  Most importantly for me at this stage was the clean beni pattern, although I would perhaps have preferred a slightly stronger depth of colour.  It should be noted that none of these tosai have had any colour food at this stage.  The light grey base colour with subtle reticulation on the scales is nicely understated at this stage.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one has almost no background colouration at all, the beni pattern spotless.  Interesting to see if the background colour develops at all on this example.  Body line maybe not as strong as others at this stage.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one has a pleasing beni pattern and has subtle but fairly consistent reticulation across the whole body, on both red and white.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

One of the bigger of the siblings, has an interesting beni pattern.  The scale reticulation is starting to appear on the scale edges albeit it not completely consistently.  I think this could become a very distinctive Goshiki.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Nice beni pattern, not too much indication how the base colour or scalation is developing.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Largely the same comments as for the previous one, perhaps body not so strong at this stage.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one is very different to the others with a very definite grey base colour.  Maybe it will develop too darkly over time in old fashioned style.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one is extremely pleasing, well defined reticulation on the base scales and a clean and interesting pattern.  Maybe the best of the group?  Time will tell.

 

These Koi are very young to make any firm predictions, the Goshiki in particular with their likelihood to change.  However, there is something particularly exciting in following the development of Koi in detail from a very early age.

All of these Koi are now being grown on in the main tosai growing pond at Purdin Koi Farm.

Purding Koi Farm Tosai Growing Pond

Purding Koi Farm Tosai Growing Pond

The large concrete pond has a constant supply of fresh ground water and is in fact incredibly lightly stocked, with under 200 tosai in it.


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These Koi will continue to be grown in this pond until March when they will be harvested again for sexing and final selection to take place for which will be grown on to nisai.

Hopefully Scott, Bill and Maureen will be able to bring us updates on these particular Koi at that time.


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