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    Critique my Yamabuki

    Picked this up at Gene Winstead's Pond pull 25" Nisai. Breeder is Marukyu. Thoughts?






    Last edited by MikeS; 11-07-2010 at 12:34 PM. Reason: Added Pics

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    I'm not in love with the photo. So much of what is important about yamabuki (or any other single color variety) is about scale alignment and the water distortions make that aspect impossible to get a read on.

    It looks like a rather slender framed male from this angle, but the head seems clean and evenly colored. There is the appearance of fukurin formation, but the photo doesn't give any kind of read on the kind of luster it has going for it. Not much more I can see.

    edit;
    The second photo didn't show up until after I posted. Much better look at the color and skin. I'd still like a better resolution shot, but at least the 2nd photo gives the indication of better quality potential than the first one does.
    Larry Iles
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    Yes my photography skills are sorely lacking

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    Yes my photography skills are sorely lacking
    Unfortunately, I greatly resemble that remark...
    I have better luck with videos for some reason. You might try that

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    Will try for that when I get a cam lol till then I added a few from day before when lighting was better.

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    From those photos theres not much that can be said.

    Are you sure this Koi was born in 2009?

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    I think most folks that get yamabuki, like to have them for their color in the pond. Helps to break up the heavy gosanke influence. They usually get quite big and quite friendly. Over the years I have seen two distinct types. One that gets quite yellow gold and one that keeps a lighter metalic finish. The later seems to do quite well in competition.

    When selecting them, most look for several things, proper sized pecs ( they often can be undersized) and no distorted heads (dolphin shaped).
    I have also seen some lines that develop crooked heads in their second,third forth year. But that's a genetic thing and hard to see the first few years.

    I think most importantly that the still photos don't show is the metallic sheen that is so important to be able to access. I like to have them taken outside in the sunshine to be able to really rate them.

    Feeding heavily colored food will cause some of them to get an oranish cast,

    So much or rating someone's koi is comparing it to known standards but in the end if it's entered in competition, someone has to come along with a better one in order to beat it.

    So.....keep it in the best water you can manage, enjoy it and learn from it and thanks for sharing the photos with us
    Dick Benbow

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    Thanks for the info Dick.

    Yes I'm sure it was born in 2009.

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