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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Its getting towards the end of the week now , ive bought quite a lot of koi , and thought id covered all bases , but had a few messages that the middle ground go sanke was a little light in the ground .Ie great koi over a £1000 , and lots of smaller under £300 , so I checked the website and thought they have a point we need to fill in that gap , its a tricky price bracket as it could cost nearly a £100 just to ship a nisai 50-55cm koi ! But I said ill try , so onwards with the hunt ! Two years ago I left a a nice sanke with Shintaro  , as I didn't make the harvest due to my accident , i didn't get round to seeing it , Saito had concerns that it was a little thin so i would need to check it . But i we never had time where we both could make it in the spring . When he arrived he showed me the sanke , it had returned it to the mudpond , and she had started growing again , and filled out a lot more , still not big bodied , but he was really pleased how she was looking , the skin was excellent and i was very happy with the results ! Very little sumi showing , but get it to the uk im sure that will turn around .

Read more: Shintaro and Hosokai

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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

I was looking forward to today , we were going to visit a couple of breeders we havnt dealt the before , or for a long time . First up was Marusaka , known for kujaku , juimbei sanke and his weird and wonderful doitsu varietys . I havnt bought here for a few years as I find that you need to be here at the right time to get some good fish at the right time . This time it was right for me , and I soon had some nisai kujaku , doitsu hariwake , gin rin Kujaku , sanke and tancho sanke among others.

Read more: New farms, old farms and farms revisited

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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Wednesday was a fairly quiet day , we started off at Marudo , and selected 3 very nice femake and sanke nisai , around 53-55cm . Great Koi , great quality ! The rest of the day spent driving round many breeders who were either low on stock and still harvesting , or they were off busy getting the Nagaoka show ready or simply out harvesting , this can happen , and to be honest when I got back to the hotel I had so much to do , I didndt want to spend  few more hours writing about in and out of fish houses bowling nothing up all day !

Read more: Wednesday and a quiet one at that

18

Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Most days when you get up , you just never know what is going to happen , or what your going to see , may be that's the beauty of buying in Niigata .Today was going to throw many great things my way , and all in a good way . Our first visit was going to be an old favourite of ours Oofuchi koi farm , this place is great , so many varieties and so many sizes its really one stop for non go sanke . Today I was hoping for some Kujaku as I havnt seen too many around of the quality that I like , and these guys breed some good ones!

Read more: A quality day in more ways than one

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Oct 2016

Category: October 2016

Ichi ban Ikeage  , ok loosely translated as number one harvest , that's because how it felt today at Maruhiro koi farm , not his number one , but mine . We had 8 koi left with him over the summer and they were all harvested today with outstanding results ! So back to the start of the day , we had to leave the hotel at 6.45 to meet Hinori at his facility , when I said the nght before I cant start that early with food , he took it seriously and when we arrived there egg sandwiches and boxes of juice for everyone , who says you cant drop a hint lol , but seriously it was handy as the hotel didn't serve breakfast until 7 ! We then drove up to the mudponds , the view is breath taking , and today better than ever , a mist just covered the tips of the trees . When we arrived the staff were alreadyin the pond with the seine net and  ready to go .This mudpond isn't particularly large , but its the one we use every year , I remember saying to Mark Gardner I think I should ask Hinori to put the sanke that came out last year at over 70 in a bigger pond , Mark replied why would you do that ? It grew 10cm as yonsai , be a good idea to leave it there again lol ! Don't you just hate it when Mark is right , first  koi out was the sanke and it looked huge , another kohkau came out the same , and every fish just looked massive . Its hard to be happy at this point , don't get me wrong im excited and glad they have all come out , but never happy when they are in muddy water and you cant see them clearly .The best part for me is when they are back at the facility and coming of the truck , into clean water for a good look over , and then the tale of the tape !!!!!!!  First off the truck was a two step kohaku , I nearly passed out when I saw it , it was huge and way beyond what I had expected , the quality was great and Hinori was just as excited as me . Purchased last spring as a 72 cm yonsai , it was now gosai and 81cm ! This koi was sold during the summer , and I guess the owner will be VERY happy !

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