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    Thread: The Spartans: Showa 37, Kohaku 10

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      The Spartans: Showa 37, Kohaku 10

      While one of the main aspects of the growout is size and rate of growth, my selections were also based on choosing patterns that I would be happy with later.

      In the case of the showa my hope was that all three colors would eventually reach a very pleasing balance. I do not know anything about Purdin's lines so my guess was based on general common principles. Right now the hi and shiroji are probably in the pattern that this fish will have, but the sumi is still very faint. The sumi is a bit patchy over the left side of the 2nd hi plate but if it coalesces I think this one will be quite good. Time will tell if it reaches expectations. In my pond I have had very good fortune in developing sumi in my other koi so I thought I might do well with this one. It measures about 6 3/4".
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      For the kohaku, I admittedly chose with an eye a bit more toward size potential, but from the selection pics it was impossible to tell the relative sizes between groups. This one came in at about 8 3/4" so it will have some catching up to do, but that's part of the game. This one has a simple pattern with alot of hi. My thought was that as koi grow from the belly sides up, it might have a chance at being an inazuma, but that might be wishful thinking. Now I've said "I" alot but I should give credit where it's due, my children will each take care of one these and did have alot to do with the choices. Even though they are 11 and 9, I assure you that they are formidable koi keepers. Best of luck to all and I hope everyone enjoys this, as we surely will.
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      Nice job! The kids did well!
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      Hey that showa was my second pick, really eager to see how this one develops. Looks like a nice head pattern will start if the little dot of sumi on the nose is an indication of more lurking there

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      I like your showa. It was in my top three list. i think it has a killer pattern will develop in a VERY nice koi. Post pictures of development in the future.Good luck.

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      Midorigoi,
      Ours have very similar patterns, I forgot what yours measured but it look bigger.

      Chag,
      I had ranked your Showa 2nd overall. Fwiw I ranked the one I have 3rd.


      So it will be very interesting to see all three of ours develop, particularly since all of us have such good taste

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      Updates? How are your fish doing in QT?

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      You did a nice job picking. Both these fish were high on my choice list also.

      With the red in the pec fin it will be interesting how the beni fills in on the right side of the shoulder area or not. Maybe it will match the left side when it is done.

      Good luck on the lightening bolt. With the makibara it has you stand a chance, provided it becomes a thick fish. In my opinion anyway, guess we will see.

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      Both did well in QT. We released them into the main pond right before the weather here hit a cold spell. They made it through that just fine fortunately.
      The kohaku is a much more aggressive feeder than the Showa. But both usually don't eat until the big guys have stuffed their mouths. So we ll have to see how they do as they definitely are getting less food than I'd like.
      I hadn't realized its almost 2 months. I'll see if I can snag one over the weekend to measure.

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      Here is the showa. It did put on a little size, now about 7 1/2".
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      The kohaku is around 9 1/2" (I didnt realize a bit of the tail was out of the frame). Definitely starting to fill out as well.
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      This guy is from our spawn last summer. I thought we'd throw him into the contest. I don't think Purdin has much too fear...
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      Mia

      We returned from being away for a week and could not find the Showa.
      Very disappointing to say the least. I'm guessing it was a heron but I don't really know. My kids were really focused on target feeding it so even though it was the smallest fish we have, its absence is still felt.

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      Sorry for your loss. It stinks not being able to see that fish develop.

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      Sorry for the loss on this one. Hopefully its just hiding really well somewhere in the pond and emerges a GC, lol.



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      Thx for the thoughts guys. It is a shame not to see how it would have developed.
      Still have the kohaku - so will keep at it! And cheering on the other showas!

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      Any update on the Kohaku?



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      Here is the kohaku taken earlier today.
      I was in a bit of a rush so I apologize for the shadows and glare. The color saturation differences are due to flash settings (no photoshopping!).
      Conformation filled out well but broad in the shoulders; tail tube ok but not great. I will say this though, the skin quality and beni are excellent. Soin this regard I give Purdin high marks. What do you guys think?
      12 1/4".
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