Today sees the start of the breeding season at Purdin Koi Farm, the start of the production of another generation of Purdin Koi, something dreamed of and envisioned by Scott Purdin over around a quarter of a century.  I must remember to ask Scott later this evening, ‘When you started breeding Koi back then did you ever envisage the Purdin Koi Farm of 2018?’.

I was actually originally scheduled to be in the UK now however a cold spell spurned any chance of spawning and as such it would be positively rude to leave – my return has been put back 3 weeks to encompass 2 rounds of spawning, hatching and hopefully successful release to the mud ponds of the fry of 6 females.

Since arriving in America 4 weeks ago everything that has been going on has really been geared to the commencement of spawning.

The 2 concrete ponds used for growing tosai to nisai were left as they had been at harvest back in October.  Three ponds in the ‘breeding facility’ contained the tosai tategoi that had been grown over winter and awaited selecting down to a small number that were deemed of the quality to grow over the summer to nisai.  Six females were outside in a mud pond where they’d been given the best kind of winter that is possible in a place with a sub tropical climate and a constant warm well water source, other females had spent the winter in the luxury of ‘The River’.  The males had all just gone about their business enjoying the spa like conditions offered by their quarters.  Outside the mud ponds had been left to grass over, water removed as often as possible to encourage it, it may sound strange, but it’s the Purdin way, developed over the years to get the best effect from the mud ponds once the time for their use becomes necessary.

In order to get things moving towards spawning, the first task was to prepare the 180,000 gallon concrete pond used for growing the tategoi tosai to nisai.  Over the course of the previous season a layer of ‘sludge’ had accumulated, and I have to say I use that word very carefully.

180,000 gallon pond awaiting cleaning

180,000 gallon pond awaiting cleaning

Even standing within the confines of the 6ft high wall of the pond there was no suggestion of bad smelling sludge, it is really an accumulation of solids from the ground water, clay that is added and fish waste but even having stood for 6 months since the pond was used, like I say, not ‘bad’.


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180,000 gallon female tategoi tosai pond

180,000 gallon female tategoi tosai pond

Having prepared the above pond for the female tategoi, and the adjacent 25,000 gallon pond for the male tategoi, it was time to select through and choose the Koi which would make the grade.

25000 gallon male tosai pond

25000 gallon male tosai pond

There are several videos on our YouTube Channel which show the selection of tategoi tosai to be grown to nisai, and discussion about them.

 


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Looking at the results of the previous year is certainly a great way to get the mind focused and revved up for this year’s spawnings.

This is the third year of Purdin Koi Farm tosai that I’ve had the pleasure to witness.

There are 2 Sanke that remain here in ‘The River’ from that first batch of tosai that I saw in November 2015, they both continue to develop amazingly well, I would love to update you on them both, but I doubt Bill will allow a net anywhere near them again until autumn of this year.

The Koi which were grown from tosai to nisai have now been whittled down to a select few, some belonging to customers, others that are earmarked as potential parents at Purdin Koi Farm in years to come.

Oyagoi, parent fish, are the single most valuable commodity that any Koi farm owns, wherever they are in the world.  One of the earliest conversations I had when I came to Purdin Koi Farm was about how the focus of the farm’s breeding is to produce new parents for future generations.

When we brought this years first sets of parents into the breeding facility it’s fair to say, there really are some great parents that have been produced here on the farm, that sometimes combine great with other Koi that have been imported or, in some situations are used entirely as ‘in house’ spawning, pure 100% Purdin males and females.


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All five of the females in the picture below were produced at Purdin Koi Farm.  The Showa at the back known as the ‘Ueno Showa’ because of here mother’s origin.

Purdin Koi Farm female parents

Purdin Koi Farm female parents

The large Kohaku at the back (approximately 95cm) is from Dainichi Koi Farm and of Rikidozan bloodline.

Purdin Koi Farm female parents

Purdin Koi Farm female parents

Both the Ueno Showa and Rikidozan Kohaku are set as part of the first night of spawning in the nets below.  At present it’s impossible to photograph or video them as there is water spraying on the surface.  Be sure to check a video later showing the parent sets.

Spawning nets in the breeding facility

Spawning nets in the breeding facility

The pictures below show a selection of the male fish that will be used this year, the vast majority of which were bred at Purdin Koi Farm.

Purdin Koi Farm male parents

Purdin Koi Farm male parents

Purdin Koi Farm male parents

Purdin Koi Farm male parents

Outside the ponds are being readied for receiving the hopefully resultant fry from the spawning.

Fry pond filling ready for use

Fry pond filling ready for use

Last year 8 ponds were used.  All being well then maybe the additional 2 which weren’t utilised last year will need to be put into operation this year.


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Heavy machinery preparing 'overflow' mud ponds.

Heavy machinery preparing ‘overflow’ mud ponds.

So, as I type, 3 females, and 6 males are swimming around together in 3 separate spawning nets and hopefully by this time tomorrow they will have produced bumper crops of fertilised eggs.

 

 

 


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