This week, as will the next few weeks, has been dominated by fry selections with selection being done of the Yamaguchi Showa, Rikidozan Kohaku, Grace Jr. Kohaku and Ueno Showa.

The week started with further selection being made of the Yamaguchi Showa fry which featured on last weeks video which you can see here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcJuUKCz6xk.  In the video you can see the Yamaguchi Showa fry being brought inside to a holding net in one of the concrete ponds of the breeding facility.  Monday’s netting realised an additional 264 fry making a total of 1097 now residing in the relative safety of the concrete pond.  As I type this the mud pond they came from is being drained down and tomorrow the remainder of the fry will be harvested and selected through.

Last year the fry of the Yamaguchi Showa were decimated in the mud pond by cormorants.  As such just 41 made it as far as the 90,000 gallon concrete pond in the summer, and now just 3 remain in the tategoi ponds, 2 females and 1 male.  The photo on the left was taken the day they were released to the 90,000 gallon pond, the photo on the right when released to the tategoi grow out pond this spring.

Female Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa - 31cm as of 13th April 2018

Female Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa – 31cm as of 13th April 2018

Female Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa - 29cm as of 13th April 2018

Female Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa – 29cm as of 13th April 2018

Male Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa - 25cm as of 13th April 2018

Male Tategoi Yamaguchi Showa – 25cm as of 13th April 2018

Suffice to say that I think the Yamaguchi Showa are at a far better state than they were this time in 2017.  I think there are some really interesting prospects amongst the fry presently harvested, and who knows what tomorrow will turn up.

You can see some of the Rikidozan Kohaku fry in the video below and we discuss them with Scott Purdin by the side of the mud pond.


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Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday further selections will be made of the Rikidozan fry and they will start to be brought inside to the breeding facility.

For the Grace Jr. babies, born the same night as the Rikidozan Kohaku, and Ueno Showa, mud pond time is over and a total of 429 fry are now inside the breeding facility.  The video below was made on the first day of harvesting and we talk to Bill McGurk about them, and their grandmother ‘Grace’, and why they appeal to him.

On Thursday and Friday selection continued in the pond of Ueno Showa which was covered in last weeks video as well – https://youtu.be/UcJuUKCz6xk.

It’s no surprise that this spawning that produced some great babies last year seems to have delivered the goods again this year.  Whenever you select through Koi you get lots that meet the selection criteria for that variety, but every now and again one just stands out.

The Showa below was one such example from Thursdays Ueno Showa selection.


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Ueno Show fry 6 1/2 weeks old

Ueno Show fry 6 1/2 weeks old

Hopefully it is one that we can follow over the coming weeks, months and even years……


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