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    Thread: My 2019 Babies

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      My 2019 Babies

      Hi Everyone - it's been a while since I posted. This year i decided to try my hand at spawning my koi. Every year we have mass spawning in the main pond and I always get a few survivors and it's always fun raising them so this year I bought a 12' diamter Intex pool. Added a pump and a home made filter with matala mats, and bioballs. Added an air pump. Selected the parents:

      The mommy is a Hosakai kujaku that I got from Russ in 2012. Dad 1 is a showa, and Dad 2 is a Yamato both from Kodama.

      The spawning took place a week before memorial day - it took about 5 days for them all to hatch. I was surprised to see results.
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      We harvested the babies last Saturday 10/19/2019. This is about 4.5 months of growth.

      Here are pics of the crew who helped with the harvesting.
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      Here are some group pic
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      First Pic = Kohaku group
      Second pic = Yamato or kin showa group (I think)- some of the little guys have great potential (once they grow a little).
      Third Pic = Hariwaki group - One of my favorite is the Tancho at 7 Oclock. He's only 3 inches - but WOW!
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      Now for some of the larger kids. Most of these were in the 6-9":
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      These were the biggest at 10-12". I would have never imagined that they could grow to 12" in less than 5 months - in my little backyard amateur set up... The Yamabuki was the 12 incher.
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      And last but not least are my favorite of the bunch. Let me know what you think!

      I harvested about 275. I was amazed at the variety that came out this pairing.
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      Looks like a lot of fun. I hope you have a lot of friends for the culls.
      -Rain

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      And geez I remember that kujaku from the growout....it surprised everybody and was the best one coming out of the mud.
      I cant believe that was 2012...holy smokes we are getting old
      -Rain

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      There are some really nice babies!! You should be proud! This is my favorite
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      You got some amazing growth. Mine are 4-6 inches and my spawn was in March! Love the kujaku

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      Beautiful group!

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      Hi Rain - I remember Russ saying that a lot of folks asked about that Kujaku when she came out of the mud. This is a pic of her from Fall 2015. I didn't get a chance to take a more recent pic, but she's got quite the body..

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      Very nice Keith congratulations

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      Quote Originally Posted by pondfishguy View Post
      You got some amazing growth. Mine are 4-6 inches and my spawn was in March! Love the kujaku
      To be honest - I was expecting 4-6" as well. I used to hear people buying jumbo tosai from japan but had no idea that it was possible in my backyard breeding...

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      Quote Originally Posted by Keith N View Post
      Hi Rain - I remember Russ saying that a lot of folks asked about that Kujaku when she came out of the mud. This is a pic of her from Fall 2015. I didn't get a chance to take a more recent pic, but she's got quite the body..
      Yep...I've still got my little green hulk from the ikeage experience.
      He's tiny and doesn't take up too much space so he has remained all of these years.
      -Rain

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