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    Sansai redman's Avatar
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    Sumi Question?

    Hello all,
    My Tancho started to develop some unusual sumi on the shoulder and back. It appears to be coming up on each scale. Any chance this may disappear? I don't think it's water temp. It appeared over the summer as the temp increased. The water is cooling now and it is still there.
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    Your fish is sanke as designated by the tejima in the pecs. the fish looks matsunosuke based where sumi appears as points which I call gravel like and then as the fish ages the different points condense to come together. I have a hiroi goshiki sanke that has that greyish line of dots and it started developing it as Aka nisei. Do you know the breeder and what it's suppose to be or did you buy it from a dealer as what you see is what you get...

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    Yes, I'm thinking Goshiki-Sanke. But, I'm not optimistic about the Hi. A Kage Bekko in the future???? .... How many varieties can a koi be during the course of a lifetime?

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    This koi is 5 years old. Dick, I have no idea who the breeder is. Funny thing is, my young son picked her out at Petsmart for his bedroom fish tank. She got too big so I moved her to the pond. We actually have grown very fond of her. She now gets to swim with her Japanese and NKF brethren. She doesn't know she's a cheapo! lol. The sumi in question only showed up this summer.

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    Another pic.
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