Super sale for three days this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in our main pond, and pond 1B. The main pond has nisai , sansai and yonsai. 1B has jumbo tosai from last year from Dainichi and Ogata. All koi in these two ponds will be around half price and must be collected. These ponds are around 16-17degrees. Sorry this is only open to visitors to the shop only.
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First stop today was our old friend Tanaka , this breeder is becoming very famous for gin rin showa and showa . Last year we had a first and second in 35cm gin rin at the Nogyosai show , and this year a 2nd in 45cm with Tanakas Gin rin showa . Although young for a new breeder his quality is of a very good standard , and also now has many other varietys of equal quality . First of all we bowled many kujaku and finally settled on six females , including a gin rin one .( The Kujakus colour was a little bit light , but when they are in the uk q/tined in outside water this will get much stronger !) . There were so many good ones i decieded on taking a few more and make a box up with other varietys .Two kujakus from the first selection were kept , and then a showa was bowled , "takai" was the breeders comment ( expensive ! ) , i could see the quality and knew it was going to cost , then the breeder said that it was male and gave me a very good price , once again im not going to get into the male /female thing , but this fish at the price was very good value for money so i couldnt refuse . Then a gin rin matsubakawabake , platinum ogon and a shiro utsuri were also purchased . The breeder did not want to part with the shiro cliaming it was tategoi , but a deal was struck and the koi was purchased . I was really trying to buy koi other than showa , but this breeder has some lovely examples , so again another four were purchased , two of which were more expensive and unsexed but i was so happy with the quality i didnt see the need to worry ! I said to Tanaka san , no more showa , so he showed us some other examples, a stunning 45cm plus female sansai gin rin orenjii ogon , beni kumonryu and a very unusual gin rin scaled hariwake . We left feeling very happy with the purchases , and its easy to see why he is one of my favourite breeders . From here it was the long drive back to Nagyoka to visit some breeders who would have some more unusual varietys . At Kase we selected 10 nisai of very wierd and wonderfull koi , Goshiki asagi , Doitsu goshiki , Beni kikikoryu , Ki kikikoryu , kindai showa , ginga and gin rin ginga . Its always a pleasure to visit here as he is such a nice guy and the welcome is always good as is the price and health of the fish . From here we popped into Suda where he had some nice gin rin yamabuki ogons , but no one was around so we could not purchase any . We then went to Aoki where we saw his stunning Goshikis , ive always said ill buy his goshiki when i see them at sansai to see how they develop , well rest assured , he now has them at three years and they are as good as the tosai so i will be now buying them. The quality at this breeders is amazing , ill go back next time when i have more time .While in the area we passed Ikarashi , another metalic breeder who breeds nice yamabuki ogons as well , again the fish were very nice , and he offered us to hand pick tosai , but time was against us as we had train to catch and it would have meant seine netting the pond , shame as there were many varietys there .From here it was 7-11 for egg sandwiches , and then the drive to Nagyoka for the train to Narita , where we will stay over for the night to catch the plane on Sunday for our return to the uk .