Update

Building Work
This year we have bred Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Chagoi and Shiro Utsuri which are now on average around 4-5 inches and in addition to this our later spawning of Shusui, Yamatonishiki and another Showa spawning which are around 3 inches.{gallery}stories/blog/061108/1::::2:{/gallery}The last of our nursery ponds containing Chagoi and Shusui was harvested yesterday and Mark is curren...
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Mud pond harvest Sunday 14th

We are usually lucky enough however to have a few friends lending a hand and will also be joined by those of you who bought Koi on the Koi Quest Day in May and returned them to the mud pond to be grown on.It's an exciting day for us as we have been getting tantalising glimpses of these fish throughout the summer but never getting a really good look at them, so this is the first...
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Shiro Utsuri 2nd Selection

Bryn Selecting
This is the spawning that Bryn has been following as he wanted to be involved right from the start. He helped when the parent set was hand stripped and he also spent some time doing a bit at first selection (sorry no pics)Bryn helped with second selection too last week. He picked it up really quickly and ended up taking my place! Cliff came along to lend a hand too.The bowl in ...
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Showa Selection

They range in size from 5 - 10 cm (2-4 inches), so not bad growth rates. (Those that we don’t keep will be re-graded, any with deformities will be taken out, and then the remainder will be put into a sales tank.) I took a few pictures of the keepers for you.At this stage we are looking for a good Kohaku pattern and preferably a white nose and tail. The black is something that t...
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Last spawnings of the season

Showa Spawning
When we carry out first selection (at around one inch) we only keep a small percentage from each spawning to put back into the mud ponds to grow on for another month. What this means is that we need less pond space for those fish to grow and we can therefore free up some of the nursery ponds to carry out a second spawning.A couple of weeks ago we spawned Shusui and then last we...
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Harvest time again!

The Mud Pond!
The first round of spawnings went really well and there were so many Kohaku and Showa fry that we decided to use two nursery ponds for each spawning. By splitting the fry between two ponds, we give them the best possible chance of survival without overstocking the ponds.Below are some of the pictures from the Kohaku harvest. Normally I am involved in harvesting the fry and so c...
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Busy, Busy, Busy

Peter is 17 and at a local college and decided he would like to do his two weeks work experience with us because keeping koi is his hobby and we are fairly local to him. He has proved to be very hard working and has fitted in well.This afternoon Mark drove to Heathrow to collect another student who has travelled from France and who is going to be working with us for thre...
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Mud Pond Harvest

The Mud Pond!
With record sales for this month however, we have been able to free up two large sales tanks and so we decided that the time was right to harvest the last remaining mud pond and drain it down. All of the koi in this pond are of a good quality and we have been looking forward to finding out how they have got on over the winter. They all seemed fine but you never know for sure un...
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The cracks are starting to appear

Pond base cracking
As you can see, the pond is drying well, even though we have had some rain during the last couple of nights.The ponds are designed to drain completely which means that even when it rains, they don't get waterlogged. The wind, frost and sunshine that we have had over the last couple of weeks is all having a good effect on the drained mud ponds and these cracks will allow air to ...
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