It wasn’t chocolate eggs that were hoped for this easter weekend at Purdin Koi Farm, but Koi eggs, as the 2017 spawning season got underway.

Purdin Koi Farm spawning set up

Purdin Koi Farm spawning set up

Kohaku parent set

Kohaku parent set

I’m particularly excited about this years’ spawning for several reasons, not least because I’ll be spending an extended period out in Louisiana this summer, commencing in just 2 weeks time.

In addition, there are some parents that have now spawned that we’ve started to follow the story of here on Nishikigoi.Life.

One of the parent sets spawned was the same Showa set that was used last year.

Purdin Showa Parent Set, female left, male right

Purdin Showa Parent Set, female left, male right

This year the set was spawned a full 5 weeks earlier than in 2016 when they were paired on 22nd May – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/05/22/showa-spawning-purdin-koi-farm/.

These are the 2/3rd of the parent parents that produced the tosai below, they were joined by another male and spawned naturally.


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Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

You can see all of tosai above in more detail here – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/11/11/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-showa-2016/.  I have now received updated pictures of all of the above tosai, keep an eye out for an updated side by side pictures in the next few days.

I’m hoping that the male Showa above gets another run out when I’m on the farm as I hope my ‘match made in heaven’ will be paired – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/03/18/showa-match-made-heaven/.   Of course, I may have got it completely wrong and be the one ending up with egg on my face!

The Sanke below is another female that was set for spawning on Saturday.

Purdin Sanke, 'the miracle mother'

Purdin Sanke, ‘the miracle mother’

I dubbed her ‘the miracle mother’ back in December 2015, you can read why here – http://nishikigoi.life/2015/12/14/the-miracle-mother/.

The above picture was taken in November 2016.  Immediately afterwards myself and Bill McGurk moved her from ‘the river’ into an outdoor mud pond in order for her to get into spawning condition over winter.

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

Moving 'miracle mother' to the mud pond

Moving ‘miracle mother’ to the mud pond

The good news is that she laid eggs, now of course the next few days will show whether they have been successfully fertilised and subsequently hatch OK.


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Eggs laid by the 'miracle mother'

Eggs laid by the ‘miracle mother’

 

You’ll be able to follow a lot more about the progress of all the above spawnings and the resulting fry on Nishikigoi.Life throughout the summer.


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