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    I am not familiar with any rule of thumb...

    I am not familiar with any rule of thumb theories, it is really a matter of seeing enough Koi, learning to recognize what you are looking at, and then applying that knowledge when searching for that...
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    It doesn't matter that the Isa was born earlier...

    It doesn't matter that the Isa was born earlier and started off bigger than the other two. What is important is that it has better bone structure. Bone structure does not change as the fish grows.
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    This is not Finn rot, as you can see the fins are...

    This is not Finn rot, as you can see the fins are not damaged.
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    This fish is dying from dropsy and ulcers. At...

    This fish is dying from dropsy and ulcers. At this point you would do this Koi well by putting it down. This could be a result of parasite but may more likely be bacterial. It would be best to scrape...
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    It is a Kumonryu, the Sumi is developing...

    It is a Kumonryu, the Sumi is developing laterally. Think of the difference as horizontal vs. vertical.
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    There were 70 people that signed up and I wish I had 70 calendars but, I did...
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    OK, everyone that has posted to this point is...

    OK, everyone that has posted to this point is included. It is now closed.
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    The universal term for Koi like these -...

    The universal term for Koi like these - crapagoi:D:
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    I have been a little too busy of late so I will...

    I have been a little too busy of late so I will draw the names this weekend, sorry for the delay.
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    That would be your call. Did you learn anything...

    That would be your call. Did you learn anything from this fish?
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    No, things like this never get better.

    No, things like this never get better.
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    This one has the best body and head of the three...

    This one has the best body and head of the three but is lacking in the same quality as the others.
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    This one is developing some conformation issues....

    This one is developing some conformation issues. The body is too wide for the length and the head is on the small, pointy side.
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    The issues with the head are much more visible...

    The issues with the head are much more visible now.
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    I'd say it is a male.

    I'd say it is a male.
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    :yo:

    :yo:
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    [/COLOR] That is correct.

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    That is correct.
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    The best Kohaku of the group is the Isa but it...

    The best Kohaku of the group is the Isa but it still has it's issues. The tail is a little weak and the head is too small and pointed. If you could transplant the head from Maruboshi 1 you would have...
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    With wider shoulders and shorter bodies you will...

    With wider shoulders and shorter bodies you will ALWAYS have conformation issues. There is never any hoping for the best as you will always get short, plump Koi. Both Maruboshi 1 and Maruboshi 2 have...
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    Now look at the head and body of the Isa Koi. The...

    Now look at the head and body of the Isa Koi. The proportions are much better and the body has more flow, and length, to it.
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    This thread brings up some really good points you...

    This thread brings up some really good points you should look at when picking out Tosai but it works for Koi in general. Look at Maruboshi 1 and Maruboshi 2. They have very wide shoulders and bodies...
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    This Koi does have black(Sumi) on the body. If it...

    This Koi does have black(Sumi) on the body. If it had more from the start then it is failing. If it is just coming in then it is not complete yet. There really isn't anything "unique" about this.
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    That still does not mean the Beni loss was due to...

    That still does not mean the Beni loss was due to illness. I am not saying it wasn't, I am just pointing out that this could be the normal outcome for this Koi.
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    Thank you for this. Excellent post! A story...

    Thank you for this. Excellent post! A story retold from a book is less likely to change than a story told from memory...
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    How do you know the loss is due to illness?

    How do you know the loss is due to illness?
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    Holy s.hit, really? You think that should have...

    Holy s.hit, really? You think that should have been the responsibility of the owners because there is risk involved in entering your Koi into a show. This is not a risk that anyone should be expected...
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    So, you are saying it is better to do nothing,...

    So, you are saying it is better to do nothing, have no protocol, and if there is an issue, no worries, that club just won't have any more shows.
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    Yes, what happens? I saw an entire tank of Koi...

    Yes, what happens? I saw an entire tank of Koi die because of human error. This was in the US. That tank was the only one not treated. I have seen clubs stick ping pong balls in tanks after the water...
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    If a club can not meet the standards then maybe...

    If a club can not meet the standards then maybe they shouldn't have a show. A club that puts on a show, in essence, is taking responsibility for all of the Koi in the show. The requires them to meet...
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    It is pretty selfish to think that, because the...

    It is pretty selfish to think that, because the one show you do in your opinion, has the water quality down, that there should be no standardized protocol available. It is not a simple thing and I...
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    Standardized training is a must as, passing the...

    Standardized training is a must as, passing the torch, is like telling a story in a circle. It never comes back the same story.
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    [/COLOR] Yes, I think this would be very...

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    Yes, I think this would be very important. There was a time when a lot of water quality people, for Koi shows, would go study with Norm Meck as he set the standard for Koi Show water...
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    I am not sure how benching and setting up air has...

    I am not sure how benching and setting up air has anything to do with the OP's question.
  35. The "certificate" would be the most recent as...

    The "certificate" would be the most recent as that was from the show.
  36. Very insightful post, I am following your...

    Very insightful post, I am following your thoughts closely.
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    The site is fixed and back online now.

    The site is fixed and back online now.
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    Just preparing for the worst...

    Just preparing for the worst...
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    Russell Peters Calendar Giveaway

    On my recent trip to Japan I picked up two Koi calendars. They are for 2015 and have the major winners from the All Japan Koi Show in them. I would like to give both of them away, including shipping...
  40. A rose by any other name....

    A rose by any other name....
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    Oxolinic acid is the recommended medication. It...

    Oxolinic acid is the recommended medication. It is known as Chloramine T or BGDX as well.
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    If the scales are full of fluid it is best to...

    If the scales are full of fluid it is best to sedate the Koi and lance the scales, from the bottom, and squeeze the fluid out. I would then take a Q-tip and get iodine under each scale. A paste of...
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    You are welcome, I am glad I can bring Japan to...

    You are welcome, I am glad I can bring Japan to you, or at least my version of it, so that you could enjoy it.
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    Thank you, the flight is going well so far.

    Thank you, the flight is going well so far.
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    Yes, sleep is good, that will come late though.

    Yes, sleep is good, that will come late though.
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    Many things are coming to an end.

    Many things are coming to an end.
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    I so wish I could. :D:

    I so wish I could. :D:
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    It's OK Tony, I hope you enjoyed the journey.

    It's OK Tony, I hope you enjoyed the journey.
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    You are all very welcome.

    You are all very welcome.
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    Top views would be better but... 1). Longfin...

    Top views would be better but...

    1). Longfin Aka Bekko
    2). ????
    3). ????
    4). Long fin Kikokuryu
    5). Aka Sanke
    6). Long Fin Kin Kabuto
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