Hopefully by now you will have seen the post made about the selection of tosai at Purdin Koi Farm that I posted back in January – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/01/04/purdin-tosai-selection/.  That post was actually a little delayed, the pictures were all taken around the 3rd week of November, almost exactly 4 months ago.

Last week, following the Central Florida Koi Show – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/15/major-winners-2016-central-florida-koi-show/ – I traveled up to Purdin Koi Farm with Bill and Maureen McGurk to see the tosai again as the selection was made for which would be grown over the summer, a journey of around 11 hours by road.

The left image of each pair below was taken in November, the right image last week.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Previous comment – ‘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.’

Unlike all the other Koi below this Koi didn’t go to the outside growing pond however stayed indoors in a much smaller concrete pond.  Has a solid frame, soft beni quality, and I think will now be grown to nisai.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Previous comment – ‘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.’


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The above comments very much remain the same.  Whilst I still suspect maybe male it was not possible to get sperm from the vent.  It will be checked again before going to be grown out over summer.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Previous comment – ‘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.’

Unfortunately this Koi scratched the skin on the head whilst being moved, even more unfortunately (and surprisingly) it turned out to be 100% male.  I suspect that it will still be grown on over the summer.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Previous comment – ‘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.’

This is perhaps my favourite Sanke to be grown on at Purdin this year now.  I hope the sumi continues to develop in the places where it suggests it will, most notably on the area in front of the dorsal fin and just before the small peduncle beni marking.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Previous comment – ‘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.’


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My comments above still stand, the sumi is developing, beni thickening.  The Koi is pretty certainly female.  Scott Purdin felt that the Koi had the potential to get big so, with a bit of luck it will be big and the quality will come together nicely.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Previous comment – ‘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.’

Whilst this Sanke may have been suspiciously male looking, and remain so, it wasn’t producing sperm when checked.  The body really is rather slim, time will tell how it develops.  Oh for the pattern and quality of this Koi on the body of either above, particularly the top Sanke.  The frustrations of Koi!

The Goshiki developments were particularly fascinating for all, last year the first time the female had been used with the males that produced these offspring, 2 from Kanno, 1 from Koda.  So many different styles of Goshiki are evident in the offspring, with so many different levels of development.  I have many pictures of other examples and will make a post of them later in the week.  A couple from the original post didn’t make this one.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Previous comment – ‘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.’

This Goshiki developed really well over the 4 months.  The base colour has darkened, particularly the black base of each scale.  It has also developed evenly.  This looks so much like a Kanno Goshiki.  The black edging has developed on the scales on the red and remains neat and refined.  Body line is really strong.  The big shock?  It’s a male.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Previous comment – ‘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.’

All the comments above remain valid for this Koi.  The orange beni of November has deepened significantly, the faint black scale edging has intensified where it was previously visible.  Really interested to see this again in autumn when it has grown.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

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

As with the one above, this has really just developed in intensity, both the red and the scale reticulation.  They grey/black around the face also has clearly developed.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Previous comment – ‘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.’

Still very little sign of background colouration, and spotlessly clean red.  Suspicion it may be male proved inconclusive at the moment.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Previous comment – ‘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.’

As with other examples above, everything on this Koi had darkened up, including the beni.  Black has started to appear on the red, although very undefined at present, in fact it just appears as a faint grey.  Unfortunately this Koi has turned out to be male, whilst I have no real concerns about that for Purdin (as with all breeders) space to grow on male Koi is limited.

 

As mentioned previously I have many other tosai pictures, some are Koi that were not rated so highly in November and not even photographed, others photographed but just didn’t make the original article.  Over the coming days I will post more of those tosai, Koi we will next see in the autumn when harvested.

Just one of the highs and lows, trials and tribulations, faced by all breeders, Koi that you thought were the best turn out not so good, or turn out male, others that were not so highly rated do better than expected.  Of course for all these Koi, they are not yet one year old and still have a long life of change, for better or worse, ahead of them.


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