Ki Shusui Spawn
      ~2017~
New Fry Photos!
and Youtube video.
 
 
lWhat happened with the 2016 ki shusui spawn?

Our small but lovely "herd" was wiped out by a bad mink or bad mink family. The pond is netted, but that didn't stop the weasel. We are making plans now to prevent repeat of this outcome in winter 2017.


On May 3, 2017, we pulled the Big Pond to capture the oyagoi (parent fish)for the upcoming spawn.


Photo key
1. Female "Unique."

2. Female "Beyonce."

3. Male "Fine Young Man."

4. Male
 "Highlighter." 

5. Male "Buddy."

6. Female "Sweet Cheeks"
 




This is the link to the new video: 
https://youtu.be/NSA04bAewPk 
This is the link to the new video: 
https://youtu.be/NSA04bAewPk 

This is the new video of very cute 3 mo. old tosai:

If photo of fish fountain below doesn't link, please cut and paste. Thanks! 

https://youtu.be/NSA04bAewPk

Re-do of the 2016 Spawn -- And now -- results of the 2017 Spawn!

 Team Ki

This is the long story short report!

1. Bad news/ good news. Bad news first. The F2 who were supposed to be wintering over in the Lower Pond, growing up and preparing for a spawn in 2018 or 2019 were largely wiped out.  Unfortunately, mink got into the pond over winter and reduced the population from 14 to 2 survivors, neither of which are spawn material. 

2. On May 5, friend and fellow koi kichi, John Clark came over to view the wreckage and brainstorm with me about next moves. We drained the Lower Pond, moved the survivors to a pet pond. We also drained the Big (Ki Shusui Project) Pond and recaptured the F1 oyagoi. We set them aside in a holding pond for the moment.

3. On May 10, 2017, John dusted the Lower Pond with hydrated lime to kill bad bugs and refilled with 150,000 gallons of fresh well water. We inspected the oyagoi and swapped out one female who was aging not so well and substituted her for a gold shusui midori, a sibling of the others from the 2012 spawn.

This girl was fat with eggs and her skin was glowing.  Yessss! 

Meet a champion in two classes of Koiphen's Virtual Koi Competition; Best Kawarigoi and Best Shusui/Asagi Class 5. She has also won "Most Unique."

Her name: "Unique." 
See the six oyagoi on the left hand side bar

4. The oyagoi, three male, three female, were transferred to the Lower Pond. They were hatched there, grew up there, and previously, they spawned there. They were sooooo happy to be out of nets and into this clean beautiful pond.  

5. Good News!!! The oyagoi spawned on May 15, 2017!!! 
See the photo in the heading of this page. Others will follow.

6. On May, 23, 2017 hundreds, maybe thousands of teeny fry were seen and photographed.  At two months, July 23, the thousands of fry about this big (!) average 2.5". 
 
   

 
         Below, a group photo taken on  June 27, 2017. Fry are thriving, getting big and fat!
The photos below:

~ Seining the Big Pond, Catching Oyagoi, Some nice ki shusui coming along.
~ John liming the Lower Pond in preparation for the oyagoi. Later both the Big Pond and the Lower Pond were refilled, total of about 500,000 gallons of well water.
~ Females are relocated to the Lower Pond. The males followed. Soon after, they got busy!
Fish checking out their pond. Spawning in the reeds at the edges of the pond. Took a full day before all took a rest.    
Ki shusui oyagoi sending their DNA down to the next generation. :)
First picture of just-hatched fry -- put your glasses on! 

The next pictures are fry at five weeks old. They are thriving on a diet of pond life and freeze-dried plankton. The koi of special interest are the ones with the black dot on their foreheads. This is called "chobo sumi" or small black. This shows shusui/asagi traits. The white ones with yellow markings are showing early signs of becoming ki shusui (!) The yellow/greenish ones with chobo sumi will likely be midori. Gray will likely be asagi.  Update: on July 4, just under six weeks old, the fry are averaging two inches long. Quite good for so young.

 We'll keep you posted as the fry develop. Thanks for stopping by! 
 Here are links to the Youtube videos from the Oct. 2016 Harvest. 

 It was a really terrific day. The F1 oyagoi who spawned in May looked wonderful so they live to spawn again. The fish in these nets are ki shusui, ki asagi, midori, ayawakaba, doitsu ogon, one hariwake, and muttagoi from the resulting flock spawns.
 The videos are pretty short! Enjoy the movies. 

~~~~Twelve seconds that are the entire point of the last seven years!~~~~
https://youtu.be/zNqTJgM3lpY

Ki asagi (and random asagi friend)
https://youtu.be/t0IP9MX_TcI 

Another tancho ki shusui:
https://youtu.be/zNqTJgM3lpY


First pull of the seine net.
https://youtu.be/UH1TcsBvzOU 

Sorting the big koi Part One
https://youtu.be/_iiCNmo2J8E 

Sorting the koi Part Two
https://youtu.be/JH8S2njkXUQ 

Sorting -- Part Three
https://youtu.be/_OJ1KpMafB0

Collecting the little flock spawn kiddos: 700 rehomed, 58 kept to grow on.
https://youtu.be/5Gq1r4JW3CU
 

We do not sell koi -- or anything else! This site is a documentation of my ki shusui breeding efforts and results. Thanks for stopping by. :wave: