Had word from Scott, Bill and Maureen that spawning is underway at Purdin Koi Farm. Indeed, the first parents have spawned, the fry hatched and been released to the mud ponds.
The first 2 spawnings were of Sanke and Goshiki. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the Goshiki spawning is of particular interest to me.
I’ve written several times about the Purdin Koi Farm tosai Goshiki which were produced last year, firstly here last November – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/24/purdin-koi-farm-tosai/ – and then revisited here in March – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/21/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-revisited-4-months/.
The first spawning has seen a new mix up with the pursuit of Goshiki.
The female may appear like a Kohaku, however is the product of Purdin’s original Goshiki spawning, Not evident on the photograph above there is one area with light coloration to the white scales.
This Koi was actually the offspring of the farm’s original Goshiki parent pictured below, the origins of which are not entirely known.
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I asked Maureen what the rationale was behind using that Goshiki as a female parent, the answer didn’t surprise. The body shape is really nice on the female for a start, in addition she has some Goshiki blood within her. Mix in some male blood 2 of the best Goshiki breeders around, and hopefully something special will come together.
Of course, it’s early days yet, the fry have just been released to the mud ponds.
We’ll bring you more updates on the progress of the fry throughout the summer. Be sure to keep an eye on Nishikigoi.Life.