Back in November I posted pictures of 16 tosai Showa at Purdin Koi Farm.  Those Koi were not quite 6 months old at the time they were photographed, having been born on 22nd May 2016.

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

I love getting the opportunity to document Koi from just a young age, however it is extremely hard to be sure what will happen in terms of longer term development.

All of the Koi photographed at that time – http://nishikigoi.life/2016/11/11/purdin-koi-farm-tosai-showa-2016/  – have been grown through the winter at Purdin Koi Farm and a week or so ago, Bill, Maureen and Scott went through them again prior to their release into the growing pond for the summer.

Below are photographs of 15 of the original 16 (one was sold and shipped to Sunnybank Koi in the UK) presented in the same order as the original post..

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

I really rather like the potential of this Showa above now, although I don’t recall it being any particular favourite when photographed in November.  I’m not sure what is going on with the head pattern, there has been a small amount of beni reduction.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

I really like aspects of this one, my big concern is what is going on with the middle beni pattern.  Watch this space until November…….


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Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Probably one of my favourites in terms of overall quality, including the skin, sumi, pattern etc.  The head may be a little triangular?  Will see how it pans out over the summer…

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

This has got some great qualities, the fact that it is the smallest of the bunch now can probably be traced back to the body structure, it’s probably also the widest.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

This could challenge as my number 1 at the moment.  Sumi nicely placed around the simple beni pattern.  Nice neat motoguro.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

I remember this one from November particularly for the almost ginrin like speckling across the body.  I have a feeling this could turn out a very attractive male over the next 6 months or so.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

I think all 3 below have similar traits.  Simple patterns but the makings of attractive Showa by November.  Really interested to see them develop.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Showa

The Showa above was my favourite in November, and I have to be honest I suspected it to be a male.  I’d love a bit of white before the tail, but it is never going to have that.  Happy to stick with this as my number 1, can’t wait to watch it develop over the summer.


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The females have now been released to the grow out pond at Purdin.

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Growing Pond

Purdin Koi Farm Tosai Growing Pond

The video below some of them feeding in their new home.

Grow out tosai feeding, do you see any of your favorites Mark Gardner

Posted by Purdin Koi on Thursday, 13 April 2017

 

All of the males have been released into the male grow out pond in order that their development can be followed over the coming months.


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