In the first part of this article we looked at the facilities at Koi Lab in Italy – http://nishikigoi.life/2019/05/03/a-visit-to-koi-lab-italy-part-1/ – and gave a preview of some of the tosai tategoi that Fabio Ciotti presently has from his 2018 spawning.

In the first part of I made particular mention of the sumi quality that some of the Showa exhibited, sumi that they had clearly inherited from their mother.

The pictures below show the female Showa in question,  a Koi which Fabio purchased several years ago. It’s clear that the beni quality isn’t great any more, Fabio told me that this wasn’t always the case.

Koi Lab female Showa parent, originally bred by Isa Koi Farm

Koi Lab female Showa parent, originally bred by Isa Koi Farm

From the close up image below we can see the sumi, and overall skin, quality that she has.  The sumi and shiroji are quite beautiful.

Close of showing sumi quality of the female

Close of showing sumi quality of the female

Only one of the 2018 male parents remains at the farm, that being the Yagenji Showa photographed below.  Yagenji and Isa, 2 of my absolute favourite breeders.  The Yagenji fish was originally purchased by Fabio as a nisai before he was dealing in Koi and was a prize winner at the 1st Italian Koi Show.  It was subsequently sold to a customer, but then bought back when the customer quit their pond.  Unfortunately in the interim period he’d suffered some damage to the mouth.  Whilst its show career was over, his career as a ‘stud’ Koi continues.

Koi Lab male Showa parent, originally bred by Yagenji

Koi Lab male Showa parent, originally bred by Yagenji

The Koi below is one which I featured in the first part of this article, and one of the first I saw which alerted me to the sumi quality that was in the gene pool.


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Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

 

The pictures below shows a close up of the sumi.  The jet black base of each scale an indication of the sumi quality and the depth of colour to come.

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

As I said in the first part of the article, ‘if only it had had a maruten marking on the head to complete the beni pattern’.

Here’s another Showa tosai that very much also delivered the goods.  The sumi and shiroji is again excellent, the beni pattern works perfectly well for me, even if somewhat front heavy.  The body unfortunately is rather short and high at the shoulders.

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

Close up of sumi quality

The Showa below is perhaps, certainly in my opinion, the number 1 tosai Showa, in fact perhaps the number 1 tosai across all varieties.  A male Koi, but one with lots of attractive qualities, although some may argue the beni pattern is too front heavy.  It’s certainly a Koi I hope Fabio can keep us updated on.

No1 Koi Lab Tosai Showa - probably

No1 Koi Lab Tosai Showa – probably

Side view of No1 Showa

Side view of No1 Showa

Side view of No1 Showa

Side view of No1 Showa

Below several more Showa from the same spawning, all demonstrating the potential for the parents to deliver something special.


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Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Koi Lab Tosai Showa

Modern day Shiro Utsuri have developed from Showa bloodlines, a reason why they are somewhat more refined than Hi Utsuri and Ki Utsuri.  That said, the majority of Showa breeders would discard Shiro Utsuri.

With the sumi and shiroji quality evident on some of the Showa, it’s perhaps no surprise that Fabio elected to keep some Shiro Utsuri from his Showa spawning, and they certainly exhibit some real quality.

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Koi Lab Tosai Shiro Utsuri

Fabio’s other spawning in 2018 was of Kohaku, the female parent being a Momotaro Koi Farm bred Tancho.

My personal number 1 among these was the ‘masked’ Kohaku below.  One of the largest framed of the tosai and around 36-37cm in length.  Another Koi which I hope Fabio can keep us updated on.

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Another attractive Kohaku below, with a unique head marking and solid quality throughout.

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

Koi Lab Tosai Kohaku

With the mother of these Kohaku now sold and departed from Koi Lab there is a new Kohaku waiting in the wings, again from Momotaro Koi Farm from the G Mako bloodline.


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I look forward to following Fabio’s 2019 breeding exploits over the coming months.  Yesterday his Facebook page revealed he was busy putting up more temporary swimming pools in preparation.

Find out more at – www.KoiLab.it – or on Facebook at –  https://www.facebook.com/koilab.parma/


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