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    IKONA Friendship Award - ZNA NorCal

    Dinh and I had the honor of selecting the IKONA friendship award for the ZNA NorCal Show. The nice thing about a friendship award is that it's more than just about the fish, it's about the hobby.

    This year we chose to give the IKONA award to a nice size 5 kohaku owned by Ruben Akino. I don't know Ruben all that well but here is what I do know. He's been to every show I've ever been to. I believe, he's shown at every show I've been to. And he's helped out at every show I've been too. He's a big guy with a big heart. He's had a rough year. He was laid off, and in September, he had a stroke. He's spent the last couple of months learning how to walk again. I didn't know any of this until a couple of days ago because it was the first time I posted here in ages. There's more, originally that tank was reserved by Chris Devincenzi (woodyaht). Chris couldn't make the show so he gave the (fee-paid) tank to Ruben. That is what this hobby is all about - Friendship thru scales.

    The fish isn't bad either. It's a 2+ year old Matsunosuke kohaku that's got alot of future ahead of it. I know how old it is because it was part of a growout that ZNA NorCal did 2 years ago. So now we know something else about Ruben, he's a damn good koi keeper too.

    -Dan






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    Congrats Ruben, well deserved koi.

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    Very nice choice for the IKONA Friendship Award in all respects.

    Congratulations, Ruben!

    Here's hoping for a very bright future for you and your koi.

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    Awesome choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Great choice - for so many reasons! Beautiful koi; courageous fishkeeper! Congratulations to Ruben.

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    Ruben is deserving of this on many levels. Congratulations.

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    Great guy. Great fish. Great job Dan & Dinh.
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    Had a short talk with Ruben yesterday. Very great guy. I met the big guy at Koi-Kichi 2005. Very strong and very down to earth. He's a very good koi keeper. A very well deserved award. Congratualtions.

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    Congrats big guy! Very cool fish. I wish I was there to hang out with you. If anything you would of given me a heart attack from laughing so damn much.

    Rest easy bruthah!

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    That's a nice -looking fish !

    Nice whites
    Nice Reds
    Nice fish !

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