Earlier this week I posted updates on a selection of Purdin Koi Farm tosai over the period from November to March – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/21/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-revisited-4-months/.

In this post I’ll share some more tosai that will be grown on at Purdin over the summer months to nisai.

Warm weather and very active tosai mean that some of the pictures are far from perfect, but we can see the Koi clear enough.

When I looked through the photographs I realised that I had actually photographed all of the Kohaku and Sanke on my earlier visit, the left hand pictures from November 2015, the right hand pictures from March 2016, almost to the day, 4 months apart.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

I think this is a pretty pleasing Kohaku.  I think the main reason I didn’t feature it in my original November article was what appeared to be a rub along the dorsal ridge, that white line still appears to be there.  The second image also appears to have what looks like secondary hi in the tail tube.  I didn’t notice that in real life, and close up the picture suggests it may just be pink skin.  Body line is nice.  Will see how this one fares over summer.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Solid body, simple pattern.  I have slight concerns over the sashi and kiwa in the white area to the right of the dorsal.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Kohaku

I really rather like this Kohaku.  Maybe the body is a little wide behind the gill plates.  Sashi and Kiwa is nice, as is the beni and shiroji.  Look forward to seeing this in autumn.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

I really like this Sanke, I can’t recall why I didn’t include it in my earlier selection.  Has a great frame and body, pattern is nice (oh for the maruten to be a little more central), shoulder sumi is attractive, balance is nice all the way to the back of the Koi.  Pattern finishes nicely at the tail.  Maybe the number 1 Sanke in the Autumn?

The following 3 Sanke, much like my favourite in the previous post, all have unique elements to their patterns, but all share the same qualities too.  Good strong bodies with nice overall qualities.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Sanke

Every breeder will tell you that Sanke are the most difficult variety to get right.  There are so many factors that must all come together to create a pleasing effect.  The sumi of course has a huge impact on that overall effect.  Hopefully the sumi on the examples above is all developing in the right places and taking the Koi in the right directions.

Bill, Scott and Maureen make their Gosanke selections with the experience of over 10 years behind them, maybe the males change, or the females over the course of time but all with the view of moving forward.

The Goshiki on the other hand are somewhat of a new learning curve, at is seems that there are more of them at Purdin right now than anything else.  On speaking to people at the Central Florida Koi Show it seems that Goshiki fever is well and truly alive in the USA.


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My previous post included 5 Goshiki comparison sets 4 months apart – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/21/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-revisited-4-months/.

10 Goshiki are presented below, only one of which was photographed back in November.  How the others have developed remains somewhat a mystery, but they’ve developed sufficiently to get their photographs taken and place in the grow out pond over summer.

The ‘traditional’ style of their mother is very apparent in many examples.  Others are almost instantly recognisable as having traits of the male parents, unfortunately i don’t have pictures of those, but the female was naturally spawned with males of Kanno and Koda.  The female is pictured below.

Purdin Koi Farm Female Goshiki Parent

Purdin Koi Farm Female Goshiki Parent

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

The Goshiki above is different to pretty much every other Goshiki tosai on the farm, particularly the shade of the grey background and the black scale edging.

The next 5 are all kind of similar in their style.  Time will tell how dark these go, also whether the black edging on the edge stays refined.  Obviously as the Koi grow and the scale gets bigger there is a lot of potential for the ‘look’ to change, the red will hopefully become more clearly defined.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

On the example above the background colour and appearance is again different, much lighter at this stage.


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one is very much clearly different to the others, similar to a couple in the other post – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/21/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-revisited-4-months/

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Goshiki

This one appears really dark in the photo, however, when you look at the close up below I think there is a lot more subtlety to the patten than is immediately apparent.

Purdin Koi Farm Goshiki Close-up

Purdin Koi Farm Goshiki Close-up

These are just a small selection of the tosai that will be grown at Purdin Koi Farm over the course of the summer and, as with Koi being grown the world over, some will deliver, some will disappoint, and some that were an outside bet will turn up trumps.

We’ll bring you more of them in November once they are harvested.  Whilst the exact date for Purdin’s 2016 Harvest Weekend aren’t finalised, and won’t be until the college football schedule is known, I’ve penciled out a block of them to go and revisit again.


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