A while ago, when I published my in depth look at Kujaku – http://nishikigoi.life/2019/11/24/kujaku-in-detail-part-2-building_blocks/ – I was fortunate that Makoto Konishi, Senior Managing Director of Konishi Koi Farm, had shared considerable numbers of images of young fry on his Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/makoto.konishi.961.

A little over a month ago there was a post by another of Konishi Koi Farm’s staff which caught my eye.  Yoshihiro Akimoto is ‘Production Leader’ at Konishi Koi Farm.

It was on 11th August that he posted to Facebook:

‘Expected parent koi had spawning

Name of parent koi: “Kokuren”

Probably the biggest “Beni kikokuryu” in the world.


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Size is 95 cm

The pairing is secret❗’

The picture below accompanied the post.  ‘Kokuren’ translates to ‘Black Lotus’, as in the lotus plant, as opposed to the sports car.

Konishi Koi Farm's 'Black Lotus'

Konishi Koi Farm’s ‘Black Lotus’

Konishi Koi Farm of course is well known for producing jumbo Koi, at the heart of their production the massive Karashigoi and Doitsu Karashigoi, a variety growing to over 120cm originally created by Joji Konishi.  Varieties such as Beni Kikokuryu are certainly not well known for growing to such sizes, normally reaching the 70cm sort of size as a norm.  However, I did instantly recall the Koi below, another example bred by Konishi Koi Farm, the Best in Variety Kawarigoi at the 2017 All Japan Koi Show, a fish in the 85bu size class, so jumbo Beni Kikokuryu are not unfamiliar to the farm.

Kawarigoi Shubetsu Prize

Kawarigoi Shubetsu Prize,
85bu,
Owned by Minoru Nakai (Japan),
Bred by Konishi Koi Farm,
Handled by Konishi Koi Farm

Over the course of the past week or so Yoshihiro Akimoto has started to share photos of some of the offspring from the spawning, a quite fascinating series of photos, which show the huge range of variety types coming from the parents.

In our article about the foundation of Kikokuryu types here – http://nishikigoi.life/2019/04/01/kikokuryu-kin-kikokuryu-and-beni-kikokuryu-part-1-the-foundation/ – we detailed some of the varieties that were used in the original production of Kikokuryu and subsequently Beni Kikokuryu by AO Aokiya and Ozumi Ikarashi Koi Farms.


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In the images below that have been posted by Yoshihiro Akimoto as offspring of ‘Black Lotus’ we see almost a deconstruction of the Beni Kikokuryu into all of the parts which were originally added into the mix to create the variety.

 

Kikokuryu fry

Kikokuryu fry

Kikokuryu fry

Kikokuryu fry

Doitsu Yamabuki Ogon

Doitsu Yamabuki Ogon

Doitsu Matsuba Ogon

Doitsu Matsuba Ogon

Doitsu Matsuba Ogon

Doitsu Matsuba Ogon

Mizuho Ogon

Mizuho Ogon

Mizuho Ogon

Mizuho Ogon

Doitsu Sakura Ogon

Doitsu Sakura Ogon

Doitsu Sakura Ogon

Doitsu Sakura Ogon

Kikusui

Kikusui

Kikusui

Kikusui

Doitsu Hariwake and Doitsu Lemon Hariwake

Doitsu Hariwake and Doitsu Lemon Hariwake

Doitsu Hariwake and Doitsu Lemon Hariwake

Doitsu Hariwake and Doitsu Lemon Hariwake

Doitsu Yellow Kujaku

Doitsu Yellow Kujaku

Doitsu Yellow Kujaku

Doitsu Yellow Kujaku

I wonder if the these pictures added by Yoshihiro Akimoto give us a hint to the ‘secret’ male parents, or at least one of them.  The fact the spawning has produced scaled Kujaku maybe suggests that a male Kujaku was used in the spawning, of course, that wouldn’t be a surprise given as we’ve discussed before Konishi Koi Farm produce some of the finest Kujaku in the world.

Kujaku and Sakura Ogon

Kujaku and Sakura Ogon

And of course, some Beni Kikokuryu from the spawning as well…..

Beni Kikokuryu

Beni Kikokuryu

Beni Kikokuryu

Beni Kikokuryu

Beni Kikokuryu

Beni Kikokuryu

Pretty difficult to differentiate Beni Kikokuryu and Doitsu Kujaku at this stage.

Doitsu Kujaku

Doitsu Kujaku

Yoshihiro Akimoto identified the following 4 sets as ‘high quality’.


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High quality offspring of 'Black Lotus"

High quality offspring of ‘Black Lotus”

High quality offspring of 'Black Lotus"

High quality offspring of ‘Black Lotus”

High quality offspring of 'Black Lotus"

High quality offspring of ‘Black Lotus”

High quality offspring of 'Black Lotus"

High quality offspring of ‘Black Lotus”

If you refer to some of the selection videos which I posted over the past 12 months of my own humble breeding efforts, particularly the one below, we discuss the offspring from my 2019 spawning in several different, but very similar groupings to those above.

With another batch of fry currently growing of similar genetic make up and mix it’s exciting to look forward to what may come from it.  Already it’s clear to see with have several different colours and styles of fry even at 10 days old.

I also look forward to following the continued posts of Yoshihiro Akimoto – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008433195789 – and Makoto Konishi – https://www.facebook.com/makoto.konishi.961 – on their respective Facebook pages, if you don’t follow them then I highly recommend you do for a fascinating insight into their Koi production.


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