The Art of Understanding Koi

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The Art of Understanding Koi

Postby Russell Peters » December 15th, 2016, 9:01 am

I have had the pleasure of studying Koi, with Toshio Sakai, for the last 11 years and I am hoping it will continue for many years to come. Toshi Sakai has done more for the development of Koi than any other breeder. There is no question about this and it is phenomenal to listen to his insights, not only on how Koi develop, but how to care for and feed them. He is developing new lines, his Shiro Utsuri was his latest challenge, and he is always trying to improve what he has. He never accepts what is and is always looking for what he can do to improve Koi. His son, Toshi, is taking the lead now and has his designs on a new type of Sanke.

Their challenge, to continue to breed Koi with further improvement in size, quality and long lasting beauty.
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Re: The Art of Understanding Koi

Postby Russell Peters » December 15th, 2016, 9:09 am

What I would like to do in this forum is to pass on a lot of this information as most of it, if not all of it, applies to all Koi in general. No matter what your level, or what you expect from Koi you purchase, this information will help you understand Koi, on a different level, and help you make choices that are more likely to give you what you expect from your Koi. If nothing else you may pick up a few interesting tidbits. I encourage you to participate and not be afraid that you do not know enough. The best way to learn is to participate. Asking questions and getting answers is a must in any education. We all see things a little bit differently so, if you don't ask, you may not get the full benefit from this information.
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Re: The Art of Understanding Koi

Postby Russell Peters » December 15th, 2016, 9:15 am

I will primarily focus on Gosanke but I do see that this can branch into other varieties as well. I will discuss as many aspects of Koi development as I can. Topics will include conformation, skin quality, Beni and Sumi development, including tips on what to look for in future development. I think and important topic in Beni discussion is the difference between weak Beni and Beni that is changing. We can even go into the importance of pattern. I am sure other topics will come to mind and I will start separate threads for each. Please feel free to start your own as well. Please participate, the more you participate the more you will learn.
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Re: The Art of Understanding Koi

Postby Russell Peters » December 15th, 2016, 9:17 am

One of the topics that would be important to discuss is the difference between the Koi you pick for show and the Koi you pick for long term development or enjoyment. I think some people confuse them as the same type of Koi. They aren't and I think it is important to understand this so that you will make choices that you will be happy with for a long time.
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