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    TomKoi's Showa Growout Form

    Koi Info
    Koi 1 size when recieved: 8-1/2" - Koi #15 Disqualified
    Koi 2 size when recieved: 8" - Koi # 23 Replacement
    Koi 3 size when recieved:

    Koi 1 size between 10/1/08 and 11/1/08: 12" - Koi #15 Disqualified
    Koi 2 size between 10/1/08 and 11/1/08: 11-1/2" - Koi # 23 Replacement
    Koi 3 size between 10/1/08 and 11/1/08:

    Koi 1 size between 6/1/09 and 7/1/09:
    Koi 2 size between 6/1/09 and 7/1/09:
    Koi 3 size between 6/1/09 and 7/1/09:

    Pond temp when received: 82F
    Pond temp at 6 month photo: 55F
    Pond temp at final photo:

    Pond Info
    Gallons: 3500
    Stocking rate: 6 koi @ 16"
    Filtration: Ultima 6000
    Liner Type: EPDM
    Turnover rate: 1 hour
    Dimensions: 22 ft x 13 ft x 3ft
    Water changes per week: 1 to 2
    Amount of water changed %: 10 to 15%

    Food Info
    Brand and Type fed: EA Health, Sakai-Hikari Multi-Season

    Owner Info
    Years in hobby: 2
    Years buying show koi: 1
    Zone: 6A
    State: New Jersey

    Fun Stuff
    Koi 1 sex guess when received:
    Koi 2 sex guess when received:
    Koi 3 sex guess when received:
    Koi 1 name:
    Koi 2 name:
    Koi 3 name:
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    Showa Growout

    I finally got around to bowling the koi. Both Koi grew about 3-1/2" and filled out nicely. Some sumi has come up with the colder weather. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the development and quality.

    The first two pictures are of Koi No 15 in July and now. Eventhough No 15 is disqualified due to a deformed anal fin, I thought it would be interesting to share its development. I'll keep it for a couple of growing seasons as a learning tool.

    The last pictures are of Koi No 23, first shot in July and the remainder now. Eventhough this is a replacement, I think the beni is more uniform and thicker. Koi No 23 also has nice blue eyelids, probably some sanke blood?. You can also see some black inside its mouth when it gulps its food down, so I guess deep down it really is showa. Also, some sumi on the gill plates and motoguro coming slowly. I have pretty soft water, so I guess it may take some time for the sumi to develop.

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    Ogata Showa Grow-out

    Hello Guys,

    Sorry I didn't post sooner, but I've been a little depressed. About 1 month ago, I went out to feed my fish at about 9:00 in the morning. I left my Scarecrow off since I would be doing some yard work and went back in the house to feed my discus. About 15 minutes later I hear my wife screaming "the heron got your fish, the heron got your fish". The both of us ran out, the heron flew off, and my nice showa was lying lifeless on the side of the pond. Needless to say I'm out of the competition, but wanted you guys to know what happen. The other ogata showa with the deformed fin did not make it through the winter. Alll my other koi made it through the winter with no issues. Perhaps he also had some internal deformity.

    About 1 week later, I got a call from Tara at Quality koi regarding my Hi-Showa which was to go back into the mud for another season. Apparently, it was treated for anchor worm, but developed an infection at the site which proved fatal. So I've gone from possessing two decent Showa to none. The hunt continues.

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