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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamByer View Post

    MikeM - I went to Yume Koi and bought the pair of kohaku, and pair of shiro males. They were mid quarantine and not looking their best and dont have photos. I would say that, my approach with Mike Snaden is simply to discuss my aims, budget etc, and then he finds the best he can on his trip to Japan. I rely totally on his experience and expertise, and his understanding of the provenance of the koi in relation to the overall spawning they came from. From my perspective, I've tried to collect some good quality males through Mike, and now finding the right female / male pairing is going to be the key to unlocking their full potential as parent fish. I'll get some footage during the year of the new koi.
    With Snaden, I think you are brilliant to just give your goals and budget. He will have likely gotten you the best deal possible. A highly reliable fellow from all reports.

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    Hi MikeM; you're absolutely right about and it's always a great trip when we visit Mike Snaden at Yume Koi. He's very happy to share knowledge too, and I always come away having picked up something new. Plus, just spending some time looking at the fish at his place makes the trip worthwhile.

    Pulled out this 2 step the other day; some of the May 14 kohaku's colour is starting to loose the washed out look that's been there on some of them over the last few months. this one has red and white that really stand out amongst the group. I remember pulling this one out at around 15cm - I think I blogged it; and noted at that stage that the skin looked particularly good - there are odd gin scales dotted around and I've read that this can be a sign that the skin will end up good quality. it's certainly heading in that direction.

    2 step kohaku from May 14 spawning - YouTube

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    Adam I am looking forward to your next entries on the May 14th spawning. I've been following your reports.

    Jake

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    Hi Jake, Just working on a proper blog update - but as a heads up, all is going well. they're still growing. I pulled a few out this evening for regular health check scrapes (found nothing...) and measured one of the largest ones and it came it at 38cm. It's not the prettieest one, but it's a monster. So there's a real chance I'll have one or two at 40cm by the end of Feb, and there will be a few at that size come the end of March.

    Here's a vid from my IP cam on that tank from a few days ago. I overfed them.... and the video doesnt show the fish close up, but it does give an overall impression.

    http://youtu.be/MxdaHZ0P07c

    More soon...

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    Hi Adam

    Theres one or two that look longer, also several should really weigh well. Beautiful fish Adam.

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    Hi; struggling to find time to write up the selections last weekend properly. here are a couple of videos for a sneaky peak - they show the May 14 spawned kohaku's as they were last weekend. largest is 38cm! http://youtu.be/Il6S5lUTf1c

    and, a close up of 4 of the better ones: http://youtu.be/LbQ_oE-3FPA

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    Mike those are four beautiful fish ! Ones for me to dream about and keep in mind. I hope to be able to get a couple Kohaku this fall, and a Sanke. I'll be coming back to see how all of yours continue to progress.

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    Hi. I've started posting case studies of individual koi, to learn about their development by tracking pics of them at different stages. the may 14 spawning are now just over 9 mths old, and I presneted some of these case studies at club talks last week which the members said they found interesting; so I'm writing them up onto my blog and expect more of these over the next few weeks.

    Here are the first two I've written up:

    Case Study #1 - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist
    Case Study #2 - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist

    there are also summaries of the selection on the may 14 spawning:

    Selections on May 14 spawned kohaku's last weekend - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist

    and the july 14 spawning:

    Selections on Jul 14 kohaku spawning - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist

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    Adam, I do like your case studies. They emphasize how pigments are always changing, although not much noticed without the benefit of snapshots in time. It would be interesting to see if a few years from now any signs of weakness in the Hi occur in the areas where it has expanded.

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    Hi MikeM. I;ve got another case study written up tonight.. this time, it's on a tancho:

    Case Study #3 - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist

    We'll have to keep track on some of these fish and see how the red changes in the next few years -I'm going to struggle with tank space but should be able to take around 10 though to nissai and beyond; and perhaps some careful placement of case study specimens that I don;t have space for into koi buddies' ponds will also help me keep track on a few extra ones.

    My females tank is up to 11 degrees, the fish are well and I've started preparations for the breeding season. We received our shipment of specialist fry food yesterday, and this weekend I need to start draining down the fry ponds and relining them. Here are some general thoughts about moving into March and decisions about the forthcoming breeding season

    Its March! - Adam Byer - Koi Hobbyist

    (plus it has a picture of me with the 'harry potter' tancho, 38cm last weekend and just under 10 months old)

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