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Thread: Selecting Sanke

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    Selecting Sanke

    When selecting sanke for your self as hobbiests or from a dealer point of view what do you look for in your sanke.
    would you look for sumi in the blood, colour quality that it would poses, bloodline etc

    paul

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    Buy quality first. Body line and white ground are most important. Then sumi and beni quality and finally pattern. On the other hand, buy a pattern YOU like more than what the Dealer or breeder likes- after all, you have to live with the koi- for a long time hopefully! JR

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    "Sumi in the blood"? :smt102
    Andrew

    "Gentlemen prefer ponds"

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    Hi paul,
    Depends on if your buying tosai,nisai or a finished koi. I hope your a subscriber to KB as there is a fantastic article on tosai sanke selection in issue #6.
    Alot of modern day sanke's are bred from matsunosuke bloodline. this is a black that is very dominant and does appear and disappear with the age of the koi while in it's youth. I liked the old kichenai bloodline with small sumi. I do think the trend will come back to that. like fat ties, fashion eventually makes a full circle.
    As a lesson for selection always look at you intended koi's discription
    to help you decide importance. a sanke is a white koi with red and black
    highlights. this tells me that in sanke's white is critical. oft times the gosanke group depend on white as the base color to highlight thier other colors much like an oil painter's pallet. the base color first to hit the canvas dictates how the other colors are perceived.
    good luck in your selection and remember with sanke and showa where the black is important, do not be in a rush to have the koi turn out. if i had
    some of the koi back that i ofted thier first year or two in my pond, i'd be a lot better off!

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    Hi dick
    i personally would buy nisai as there over 1 but less than 2yrs old and still alot of development to be seen and learn from as finished koi its all been done.
    iam a subscriber of kb and received it about 10days ago but not had time to sit down and look at it in detail at present.
    i dont think you can rush when deciding koi theres lots to look for in them and you need to think your reasons for liking it .
    pattern can change alot some for the better some for the worse but im always learning and always willing to learn from people.
    thank you for your comments

    paul

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    your welcome Paul.

    on momotaro's websight, they have pics of kohaku and sanke that were sold last week at thier auction of a 1000 tosai. neat koi!

    two year olds are my favorite to buy as well.

    wonder if brian went to the auction? hope we get a report (hint)
    I quess several UK dealers went as did carl at kerin

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    Dick,

    Could you post a link to momotaro's websight, please? I'd like to see those pictures.

    Thank you,
    Dale Torok

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    dale,
    was reading kerin koi's home page promoting this trip over there. the
    web site is noted there and all you have to do is click on it.

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    Dale,
    went and double checked and found website so as you asked

    http://www.momotaro-koi.org/english/auction/index.htm

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    Dick,

    Thank you very much. I've got it bookmarked now, so I'll always be able to find it.

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