Adam Byer is a hobbyist breeder with a goal to achieve success at the leading shows in the UK, that success has so far included several Baby Champion prizes over the course of the last 2 years.  You can read much more about Adam’s breeding plans and goals in the interview published here around 10 days ago – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/12/07/back-garden-breeding-interview-adam-byer/.

Today I joined Adam as he made the 2nd selection of some Kohaku that had been born almost exactly 4 months ago.  These Kohaku were the offspring of the same parent set that has already delivered Adam 2 of the Baby Champions.  Were we to going to find another Baby Champion in the making today?

When I arrived Adam and his wife Amanda had already netted the fry to be selected through, approximately 2000 in total.  At the end we had reduced the number to around 500, a subsection of which had been placed in a separate net as we worked through as being ones we would take a second look at and take some individual pictures.  There were probably around 50 in that net, the ones below being some that I picked out for pictures.  The pictures are presented in the order they were taken, not the order they were necessarily picked out.

All of these Koi are around 7-9cm long probably, so pretty much whatever device you are viewing these pictures on they are larger than life, and the pictures far more revealing about detail than the human eye could easily discern.

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

The Kohaku above stood out for several reasons including its size and bright colouration. The pattern is nice but I wonder whether it will be found lacking at the back end when it grows.

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

I have to confess, i don’t really know why I picked this one out when i look at the picture!


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Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

This one caught my eye in the original holding net, really quirky pattern, particularly on the head.  Certainly one that is easy to identify in the future as they grow.

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

This is one above is one of my favourites of all I think.  Nice quality and interesting pattern.  I look forward to seeing this grow.

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Another that caught my eye in the holding net early on, in fact long before I actually managed to catch it.  When I look at the close up below the head pattern, which is very much its unique feature, worries me a little.  I’ve no idea whether it is breaking up and going, although fear it may be.  Time will tell I guess.

Close up of head on Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Close up of head on Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

2 Koi that are the kind that are so frustrating to see.  On the one above, if only that little maruten marking was a little bit larger, as it is just too small.

The one below has such lovely quality, sadly the red marking that needs to be on the head has slipped down to the gill cover.

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

Adam Byer 4 month old Kohaku

These Koi are really far too young and small to make any wild claims or predictions however I find it so exciting to see them so small, and with the hope that maybe, just maybe, they will turn into something special, as their siblings have done before.


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Hopefully I’ll get the chance to return to Adam and Amanda’s in the spring when the next selection of these Kohaku takes place.

Don’t forget, you can follow Adam and Amanda’s breeding journey on their own blog at – http://adambyerkoihobbyist.blogspot.co.uk.

 


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