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    Smithvillemike's Hotaru Growout Recap

    this is where I will be storing my info and updates on my Dainichi Hotaru Growout. I received #11, a 12" female Tosai Sanke.


    Pond:

    4000 gallon upground liner pond
    bottom drain feeding to a nexus eazy 200
    skimmer feeding to a bakki shower
    dolphin 150 to the bottom drain
    dolphin 150 to the nexus

    Stocking Density:

    1 - 12" Female Sanke
    2 - 16" Chagoi and Showa
    2 - 18" Tancho Sanke and Tancho Showa
    1 - 23" Tancho Kohaku

    Feeding:

    Haiki Saki High Growth mixed with EA Show
    Manda Fu, Krill and Silkworm Pupae as treats

    Water Changes:

    15% weekly or greater as needed.

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    Pic's please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4TEXAS View Post
    Pic's please!!

    This weekend I will bowl my "Little Firefly" and take stills and videos.

    With all the work on the pond redo and my 6 day a week job, I just haven't had time yet.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4TEXAS View Post
    Pic's please!!
    This weekend I will bowl my "Little Firefly" and take stills and videos.

    With working 6 days a week and having to do some major pond work I have gotten a little behind.

    Mike

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    I finally got some time to bowl my sanke. She is 12" and seems healthy. Good confirmation but nothing to write home about. There is a lot of stray hi and one can only hope it will clear up. The sumi is kind of a mess, my preference is more along the lines of my avatar. As this is more a competition on husbandry skills those issues don't bother me.

    I haven't quite got the video skills down yet but I will work on that.

    Mike
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    Little Firefly has settled in well with the Big Girls. I am just amazed at the difference in size between her and my Dainichi Tancho Showa (Daughter of Sakura) that I got last year. The TS was 1" bigger at the same time and right now she makes the Sanke looks so small, so I am really excited for the potential here.

    As far as LF is concerned, if one can look beyond the pattern, and I do say if. She is a really nice little girl. Good confirmation, the head is a nice size and shape, I like the look of the fins and she has a pretty big mouth for her age. We all know she is a Japan cull, and one in a grow out, so it is rare to find confirmation, skin, size, and pattern in one of these events. If I had to give up something, I'm OK with it being pattern. She isn't a Tancho

    Pond update:

    The water temp is 77

    Since she is not feeding by hand yet all she is eating:

    Morning: Sakai Hakari Sinking Wheat Germ in the mornings
    Evening: EA Show.
    On Saturday and Sunday they get an afternoon feeding of EA Show.

    I will be moving to SH Hi Growth in a couple of weeks as soon as I finish the Wheat Germ. I will discontinue the EA Show until September or so.

    that's my update and thanks for stopping by.

    15% water change every Sunday.

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    I forgot to add...

    the 23" Tancho Kohaku is no longer in the pond...

    A total of 6 koi in a 4000 gallon pond. Not perfect, but not crowded either.

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    Last years Dainichi tosai this year

    While she is not of the Hotaru bloodline I thought I would post my one year observation on my Dainichi "Sakura bloodline" Tancho Showa that I got at last years Houston visit.

    She was born Jun 08.
    26 April 09 she was 13 inches. (the photo on the far right)
    9 May 10 she was 18 inches. (the two photos on the left)

    I was a little disappointed in only 5 inches growth in one year in my care, but the over all 18 inches is satisfactory for a 2 year old, at least at my current skill level. She has put on quite a bit of girth, and the sumi is pretty amazing not only for the amount coming up but the depth and quality as well. She is turning out to be quite fun to watch and I expect to be changing for a couple years yet. She and my Showa are teaching me patience.

    Now none of this has anything to do with this bloodline, but is just a brief look at a Dainichi tosai to neisi in my pond. I think that the sanke I got this year has better confirmation and even though an inch shorter has more girth so I am excited about the potential.
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    not a good picture, but one can get an idea of the size difference between this tosai and my nisai. They are all staying low since I caught one earlier.
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    You have done very well with your Koi Mike.......

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