August 12, 2008
I went today to pick a new koi, I have been after a nice Hi utsuri for a year or so now and my local dealer went out to Japan and hand picked some from the breeder Mr Hirasawa of Murusei Koi Farm, Hirasawa is well know for his stunning Hi utsuri Koi as well as his Yamabuki Ogons and Chagoi.
They only arrived in the country on the 17th of March and I have had first pick, it will be another 3 weeks before it will make the journey to my pond after quarantine etc but it is mine now:
It is around 12" long and only two years old /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
They are going back out to Japan in a few weeks and they are looking for a Lemon Doitsu Hariwake for me which I am quite exited about as that will probably complete my collection of Koi unless I get the chance of a special koi.
fantastic looking fish!
I do like koi and currently have part ownership of a 25x8x5 pond, but we have had koi nightmares over the past few years as three years ago an otter wiped out about 30 koi in two nights, including some over 2 foot long and that I had since 1996! Then this winter I lost 6 during the severe winter we had... although they were just bog-standard koi, nothing like that beauty!
I'll wait until late May or June before getting some more for the pond
August 12, 2008
Thanks Colin /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
I have lost several koi this winter but they were all small fish 7" or under and fish that I had bought before finding my current dealer and if I am honest they weren't exactly quality fish, I may well have to let a couple of my bigger Matsuba and a couple of my big Ghosts go this summer but I have grown quite attached to them now so I don't really know lol.
I have several fish in the 18" to 24" region now but it one of my smaller koi that I am probably most attached to, it is 20 years old and still only around 10" but it survived my Dads pond when it got wiped out by seagulls and it survived being poisoned in my father in laws pond while my new pond was getting built it is a Blue shusui and in all the time I have had it I have yet to see another koi that shade of blue.
April 10, 2009
Mad duff, I didn't know you are into koi as well. I, too, am getting myself into this beautiful fish. I find them quite fascinating, though always over price. They are fish for the family, really. The small fish, which are my passion are nice and interesting, but they are not fish for the entire family to enjoy. Koi, in contrary, are big friendly and nicely color fish that the whole family can appreciate, together. I have a small pond, and it have become favorite hangout spot for our family.
The hi-utsuri is very nice although it have a little bit too much sumi, but the sumi edge look sharp for hi-utsuri standard. I have one of these as well.
August 12, 2008
Hi Nonn, yeah they can be expensive but like you say they are a fish that can be enjoyed by all the family, especially when the pond if the main feature of the garden like mine.
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