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    Thread: Montwila's 2013 KP Showas

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      Montwila's 2013 KP Showas

      In this opening post I would like to explain why I purchased so many fish. In addition to the reasons posted in the Kohaku thread. I really hope to be able to be able to maintain a journal of the fish (both Kohaku and Showas) their growth and developement. Many times people will post a progression of a single fish. Here I hope to educate myself on the developement of several fish (granted it is only one breeder). By having several fish from this growout in the same pond/system. We can all see how each fish developes and possibly how we might be able to select fish for our selves in the future.

      Thank you again to Frank, Jim, Purdin and KP for bringing us all together.
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      Can't wait to watch those showa's develop! For me, they seem to be one of the hardest
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      Monte, mine will be here Friday.....woohoo

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      Awesome group! 16 & 12 were on my list so I'll be watching this thread!! On the growout selection pictures, fish 29 looked to have odd proportions to me, but here it looks a lot better so that is

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      I hope to educate myself on the developement of several fish (granted it is only one breeder). By having several fish from this growout in the same pond/system. We can all see how each fish developes and possibly how we might be able to select fish for our selves in the future.

      If that's one of your goals, it would probably be of great value to see the oyagoi in this case. No doubt that others are curious as well. I did post a request for that to Frank in the original thread, but no luck so far...

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      Watching with interest!

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      Yes, Showa's are one of the hardest to predict but also to keep all three colors looking good at the same time if you are ever going to show them. I do have hopes for all of them. #39 is Everyones favorite but I am also really excited about #29 with the sumi on the nose. I hope it has a good personality to go with the nose dot. I know we asked about the oyagoi in the intial thread. After talking with my mentor we might not actually be able to figure this out. Even if we tried and had Purdins information it may be a mystery. I believe one grow out member picked up their fish at Purdin and was shown some of the oyagoi stock in a pond. However they also mentioned that these fish may have come from more than one spawning. That might explain why there is such as size difference, #12 @ 7.5" and #02 @ 9.5". However #02 is a real pig and all teenage boy. I hope he will grow to be huge because he ain't going to win any shows!

      Without further delay. I am going to post individual posts of these fish so that all the pictures of the same fish are near each other and future readers will not have to search the entire thread for comparsin(sp) photo's.

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      Showa #02

      Here is #02 I believe 9.5" even with a crummy angle on 4-10-13.

      # 2 has been MIA from the lower pond since around the 4th of July 2013. #29 was also missing about this time. One of these two did get into the bottom drain's sieve and was found in the waste line after it had perished. No sickness had been seen prior to them disappearing. #2 did eat like a horse and had been growing some. It was also always looking for food on the surface near the edge. So It may have been taken by a predator and #29 being the smaller fish got caught in the drain line.
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      Showa #12

      Here is Showa #12 at the small end coming in at 7.5" 4-10-13.

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...15&do=editpost ]

      Here is #12 on 10-11-13 measuring a scant 8". So only 1/2" of growth since it arrived. It was pulled from the lower pond around Sept 1 because it did not appear to be growing and was not observed to be eating. So it was put in a smaller system with some fingerlings hoping it would be more aggressive towards food if it were in a tank of similar sized fish. It and #33 & #35 are still very shy and seldom eat. Despite the lousy pictures it still is in good shape as the beni is not breaking up like the other grow out fish that remained in the lower pond.

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...15&do=editpost ]

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...15&do=editpost ]
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      Showa #16

      Here is Showa #16 at a middle weight of 8.5" 4-10-13.

      http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...16&do=editpost

      Here is #16 on 10-11-13 measuring at 11.5". I will apologize for the lousy photos. However you are able to see some of the changes. Like the other grow out fish that remained in the lower pond the changes are not good. On this one the motoguru is almost gone. The sumi over all has lightened. The beni pattern has remained but it to is lightening.

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...post&p=2262516 ]

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...post&p=2262516 ]
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      Showa #29

      Here is Showa #29 with a tie for 8.0" 4-10-13.

      This fish has been MIA since around the 4th of July and I believe was the one found in the sieves waste line referred to in Showa #02 post/update.
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      Showa #39

      Finally #39 who is everyones favorite, tying at 8.0" 4-10-13

      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...8&do=editpost]

      Here is #39 on 10-11-13 at 11.0". Despite its growth being similar to the other fish on my lower pond it may have been better if it went to another person in the KP grow out. It has lost all of its motoguru and most of its sumi. The beni has begun to break up and lighten. The stress lines have disappeared after being placed back into the pond over the week end. It is a fairly healthy eater.


      [http://www.koiphen.com/forums/editpo...18&do=editpost ]

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      We need an update on these guys too.



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      Actually they were pulled and measured today.

      Gonna have to work on the pictures.

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      The updated pictures have been added to each fishes individual post. So you will be able to compare the same fish with out having to flip back and forth between posts. The fish that do not have up dated photos (#02 and #29) have been lost to the bottom drain or predator I believe. These fish were not observed to have any health issues before they passed. Post #8 has some further explanation.

      I am sure there will be a lot of questions about water and water quality and maybe even food. I will let them come instead of trying to predict how they will be asked.

      I can be PM'd if you do not wish to post to this thread. However I may post the answer here.

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      Ok, I'll start with the question. What's your pond size and your feeding regime? Your koi gained girth but not length so I'm curious why this happened. How are your other koi doing, growth wise.

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      Girth vs length seems to be a thing with these grow outs. Mine was short and chunky, but has started to get longer and even itself out. Sumi going away seems to be common as well. I have seen mine leave and now come back, so time will tell on yours.



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      I'll start with Rain: As usual you have the ability to sum things up, short and in a hurry.

      Koisan:
      the lower pond is 6400 gallons and has had 20 fish in it this summer. All the fish are between 5 and 12". Most have grown in length by 3-4" this year. All have bulked up with the exception of the two Omosako Showa grow out fish. I feed up to what the filters can handle. That being said I try to feed multiple times per day. I do not keep records of daily amounts per pond. This year the filters cycled (from winter) in the middle of June. I began feeding what they would eat at each feeding in a timely manner. I did have to cut back for a couple of weeks around the middle of July. This was because of the fish (#29) that was found in the bottom drain I believe. It was virtually a skeleton by the time it was found in the sieves waste line. The filters were probably working, they just had a lot more protein to handle.

      The other koi health wise came out of winter fairly well compared to other years.

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