During the past 2 summers, with the assistance of Scott, Bill and Maureen, at Purdin Koi Farm we’ve provided a tremendous insight into selection of fry and tosai that are to be grown as tategoi.  You can see much about this on the YouTube playlist here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcxxhCYEd1s&list=PL6HVMW8fJXEuttT50uC8edoIfcROGDchd

When a breeder makes tategoi selections at any point in time, whether tosai, nisai or older, they have a target number in mind that they need to keep.  Even if the overall level is extremely high, without sufficient space to keep more than intended, there is no point keeping them, they have to be sold.

If you’ve followed through the summer of 2018 at Purdin Koi Farm you’ll know that a target number from each spawning were placed into two 90,000 gallon concrete ponds for growing from July to November, the Koi which at just a few months old were deemed the best prospects.  Some of these appeared in the Goshiki post I made a few days ago – http://nishikigoi.life/2018/11/14/purdin-koi-farm-2018-goshiki-tosai/.  Tomorrow we’ll be looking through more of what, following harvest, have been put aside as the farm’s best tategoi.

After the selection of Koi to go the 90,000 gallon ponds was made, many very good Koi didn’t make the cut at that time, however they were far too good to reject outright, or to be offloaded as tateshita’ to use the Japanese phrase.

Whilst a few hundred Koi enjoyed 4 months in 90,000 gallons outside, many more were kept in much smaller confines of a concrete pond inside the breeding facility on the farm.  It soon became apparent that they weren’t growing and a selection was made to reduce the numbers down some what.  The video below shows those that remained feeding yesterday morning.


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As I stood looking at them I couldn’t help spot some real potential gems. It was one of those situations where I wish I had a growing pond to be able to buy the lot and take them away to ‘play’.

Despite feeling under the weather, the Koi Kichi inside Bill was soon ignited when we starting talking about these Koi, he said, ‘lets get a scoop and have a look’.  Some judiciously placed food and a scoop of a large pan net resulted in maybe 30 or so of the ponds residents being randomly captured.

The first thing to consider from the random scoop was that a number were 15-18cm in size (6-7″) so really weren’t far behind their sibling that had enjoyed the luxury of several months in 90,000 gallons.  There is something to hereafter consider when looking at these tosai with their siblings that is the same with any breeder the world over, that is understanding where they have been up until the point of purchase.  A Koi may not be genetically small, it maybe just hasn’t been given the same environment to grow as a larger sibling.  The relevance of that is that the smaller one still has the same growth potential as it’s larger sibling, in no time at all it will likely catch up.

Here are a few of the tosai that we picked out from the scoop.

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Showa

Purdin Tosai Tancho Showa

Purdin Tosai Tancho Showa

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

Purdin Tosai Kohaku

History suggests that, come spring the following year, some Koi will step up a level and whilst they didn’t enjoy the 90,000 gallon pond in their first summer, they get to enjoy 180,000 gallons in their second summer.

If you watch the video above to the end you’ll see this Maruten Showa make an appearance.  My eye kept coming back to this Koi time and time again yesterday.  Will it be a fish we see in the future…….?  I hope so!  Because of the amazing photographic records kept at Purdin already I can identify this fish as from the Yamaguchi female.


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A future gem?

A future gem?

 

Hopefully I can get a good picture in the next 2 weeks…..


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