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    Culling koi at my house

    Hi all, thought I would start a thread for your reading pleasure. Pay back for all the lurking I have done here.

    My in-laws came by for a visit today, a beautiful sunny morning in Southern California, and we bowled some fish up for viewing. I took the oportunity to re-home a few koi too. Threw out 10 kois to make room for more later. Can't wait to go koi shopping again!

    My goal in the beginning was to start with a lot of small tateshitas and tategoi, to stay within my limited budget, and then cull them off gradually, and then hoping to keep just a few decent kois in the end. Needless to say, there were very few successes and a lot of failures.

    So here is the first batch of tateshitas. I got these from Eastern Nishikigoi (dealer in Southern California) in April 2012. The breeder was Ogata. I paid $20 for each fish. They all grew pretty good. Just for fun, take a guess on which one grew the most and which one grew the least. They all started out at about 5 inches (12-13 cm).
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    And here is the link for the YouTube video. This is an iPhone video taken on April 2012.

    Baby koi 2012 - YouTube
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    I'll take a guess... #1 or #8 grew most. #4 grew least. ?????

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    Fantastic buy for $20...especially #9. Here are my guesses: The Platinum ogon is the winner. But among the gosanke, I think #6 is largest and #7 is the smallest.

    Sunny

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    To MikeM and Sunny: Not bad!! But I will wait one more day to give a few more people a chance to take a guess.

    Come on people! Commit yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tosai_Sunny View Post
    Fantastic buy for $20...especially #9. Here are my guesses: The Platinum ogon is the winner. But among the gosanke, I think #6 is largest and #7 is the smallest.

    Sunny
    It was a good deal! I like this dealer. They let their customers know when the new shipment arrives and one can pick'em right out of the box before the koi go into quarantine. You'd have to buy a lot though. Btw, the #1 fish was sold to me as a gin matsuba. I am not sure what the name of it is now, but it surely is not a regular platinum ogon. I have 2 of these and they change a lot. That's one of my favorite fish.

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    Mmmm, am thinking aloud here.... #1 Ogon looks the largest already and the tendency for them to grow quickly makes me want to guess that it was top grower in that time period. Plus being Ogata, I think Ogon, so those are my reasons. As my second choice for top grower I'm picking #6 Kohaku. Although the belly has an issue (maybe pic- I don't know), I think the frame has potential for length. And then I'll take #8 Sanke as a close call to the Kohaku. The least growth has to be the scraggly #7 Showa. BUT- given the year and a half of growth and good conditions it might have edged out #2 Gin HU.

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    You guys are all very good!!! The #1 ogon is the biggest. It measured at 21 inch (53 cm). It turns out to be a mukashi ogon. That's the same bucket used in the baby picture.
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    #7 ( tancho sanke) is the smallest. It came in at 16 in (40cm) . It is a male and it has very poor conformation. The white is very good on it though.
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    Si, how'd the utsuris turn out??? Thanks

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