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    Thread: How do i prep for a koi show?

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      Rich8888ri is offline Senior Member
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      How do i prep for a koi show?

      I have a few koi that I want to bring to the zna show in September. In preparation for the the show I bought some color food for the beni (saki Hikari color) and some kodama Hisilk for the shiroji (white enhancer ).

      I have a kohaku, tancho kuhaku, showa, lemon hariwake, and a matsukawabakke that I may bring.

      I have some questions.

      1-When should I start feeding these to the koi. 4 weeks, 6 weeks 8 weeks before the show?
      2- The listing on the Hikari color says that it won't mess up the shiroji (which I am worried about) Can anyone confirm that it won't turn the white yellow?
      3- what mix should I use? 50/50 or do I need to mix in regular saki growth food ex: 33/33/33
      4- I have to stop feeding all together 1 week before the show. Do I need to stop the color mix sooner than that, and go back to regular growth?

      Anyone who has showing koi experience e please let me know.

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      You basically have 11 weeks until the show. This is what I would do (and is, in fact, what we are doing):

      - Start feeding 40% color / 60% growth immediately and feed that formula for 6 weeks
      - After six weeks, switch to 50% whitening / 50% growth for 2 weeks
      - After the two weeks, switch to 100% whitening for 2 weeks
      - After the two weeks, stop feeding entirely for one week

      BTW, you don't ever want to feed color and whitening food at the same time.

      --Steve

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      Good to know.. I had no idea you could feed that at the same time

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