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  • Purchasing koi with the intent of????

    What are the reasons you purchase koi?

    Is it the intent to show? just something you want to see in your pond?, To learn different bloodlines and how they develop?, Or just plain something to kick back to watch in your pond in your backyard paradise.. Anything else??

    Joe
    It's a living creature (chit happens)
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    Originally posted by keokoi
    What are the reasons you purchase koi?

    Is it the intent to show? just something you want to see in your pond?, To learn different bloodlines and how they develop?, Or just plain something to kick back to watch in your pond in your backyard paradise.. Anything else??

    Joe
    We purchase koi on there beauty, and to see what the future holds for them in our pond enviroment. We are able to learn about our ponds enviroment and what the koi need to grow and develop to it full potential. It is a learning process for us the moment we purchase one. We always have the intent of showing anything we buy. But sometimes that is just not in the cards. So it is a learning experiance always. How else can we develop the eye and understanding of these beautiful pieces of living jewels.

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    • #3

      I like to buy Koi that are interesting to me. I've got a lot of Koi that will never see a show tank, but I enjoy them just as much for what they are, especially if I bought them at 4 or 5 inches. It's always fun to enter your fish in a show just to see what kind of eye you have.
      Koi-Unit
      " Da Best" Chapter
      xxx

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      • #4

        I buy small (Tosai) fish with the intent of learning. Wanted to see if indeed a fish so small can become a poster fish or magazine fish, well I guess I am still searching...HAHAHAHA...It still amazes me how far I came in this hobby and I still dont know [email protected]!!! I never buy for show, can't think that way...If the fish I buy says it is ready, then off to the show.
        The world sleeps as the chance to learn something new passes.

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        • #5

          Originally posted by aquitori
          I buy small (Tosai) fish with the intent of learning. Wanted to see if indeed a fish so small can become a poster fish or magazine fish, well I guess I am still searching...HAHAHAHA...It still amazes me how far I came in this hobby and I still dont know [email protected]!!! I never buy for show, can't think that way...If the fish I buy says it is ready, then off to the show.
          Aquitori, very well put.

          After I get a pond built, I think I'd buy tosai exclusively for the first 7-10 years. Since, I'm new to the hobby, I need to learn how koi develop. I've read alot in books, magazines and on the internet but I'm the type of guy that needs to see it for myself. I'd probably stick with gosanke and shiro utsuri for the most part and add a ogon or two to learn body development without getting distracted by the patterns.

          At least that's the plan for now.

          -Dan

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          • #6

            Hi my name is Chris and I have a problem, I buy Koi.

            All kidding aside, I mainly just want to try to have nice looking koi in my pond to sit back and watch them develop, a few might go to the Sac. show just as a learning experience.
            “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed” Adolf Hitler


            Chris~

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            • #7

              Chris.....starting a chapter of KA huh? I'll join. Thanks for the laugh

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              • #8

                I buy because I like a certain koi....sometimes I show but many times I don't. Never really purchase with showing in mind.....maybe back of mind...lol.

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                • #9

                  Originally posted by Dan Blatt
                  Chris.....starting a chapter of KA huh? I'll join. Thanks for the laugh

                  Hey Dan,

                  I don't think I am starting it, just keeping the club alive. Unfortunatly each and everyone of us has a lifetime membership in it
                  Damn fish &%$*&# !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed” Adolf Hitler


                  Chris~

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                  • #10

                    Initially wanted to buy "one of everything" ....but with my pond size I would quickly have had "none of everything" - too many fish! DH likes to buy larger fish to put in pond to watch and enjoy, I like to purchase smaller tosai and watch them change and develop. (DH refers to my koi as "heron food" which aggravates me). Our pond is our backyard hangout, so we like to find a mix of koi that are pleasing to the eye together as a group, therefore tend to look for certain varieties at certain times. Sometimes though I pick up a little guy that just seems to show promise to me. So far - they've all turned out uglier than sin. (my shiro went from having a nice Ichimatsu pattern to looking like a swimming wad of newprint.....) Have high hopes for little Isa Showa from Champ koi, however. When he gets out of quarantine (or I go visit him) I'll take a pic or two and we can watch him develop online together.....unless he gets embarrassingly ugly. I would like to have a koi or two become show worthy, but don't buy them to plop into a show tank the next day for sure.

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                    • #11

                      I buy koi for the beauty of the individual koi, but just as important to me is the relationship that the koi will have in my collection. and the relationship the entire pond has to the overall landscape. I am sure this goes against current thinking. My first exposure to koi keeping came in the late 1970's when I came across the Tamaki book. I bought the book and knew one day I would build such a koi pond. In my mind the cover photo from that book summed up the perfect koi pond. Each individual koi was indeed beatiful. But the mix of koi in the pond was even more beautiful, And lastly the overall relationship of the koi pond to the surounding landscape was breathtaking! First in the mix is several kohaku of different traditional patterns. Next, a few sanke, and then even fewer showa. one tancho, an Asagi and perhaps one or two other exceptional fish. The pleasure that I get from the whole presentation is greater than the pleasure I get from one special GC fish. I have never had much desire to show koi. Perhaps some day if I have an individual fish of exceptional merrit!John Stevens

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                      • #12

                        I guess keeping koi is a journey with many paths. The path I'm on right now is buying koi for show or for showing later. This is a new path for me and I will see how it goes .
                        Koi-Unit

                        ZNA Potomac Koi Club

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                        • #13

                          Originally posted by jnorth
                          I guess keeping koi is a journey with many paths. The path I'm on right now is buying koi for show or for showing later. This is a new path for me and I will see how it goes .
                          Jim you got to bring your Doitsu Showa out to the show!! Really nice web page you got....
                          The world sleeps as the chance to learn something new passes.

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                          • #14

                            Originally posted by aquitori
                            Jim you got to bring your Doitsu Showa out to the show!! Really nice web page you got....
                            Thanks unfortunately the Doitsu Showa died. Its a long story. If you want to read about what happened let me know and I will send you a link to a post on Koivet about it.
                            Koi-Unit

                            ZNA Potomac Koi Club

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                            • #15

                              I buy koi with the intent on learning from it.I am fairly new to the game and have been spending most of my time in trying to get my pond running correct and getting some decent water....the decent water is the problem but RO may soon be on hand

                              I think we will never stop learning in this fantastic hobby and i look forward to learning more and more about koi development along with practicing some of the Japanese names for stuff!!!!!
                              Regards

                              Gazza

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