Winter’s Last Hurrah (hopefully)
The weekend started out a little on the cold side but the pond digger was eager to get to work on the lower pond. Since the tangential return did not work out like we thought it would and the place was partially torn up…it was another opportunity to tweak that lower pond. Plenty of rock moving, some digging, man handling a liner but the pond is in place and should be filled later this week (after tonight’s snow melts). The pond digger has hired someone to dig the upper pond a little deeper and that should happen in about two weeks. I am hoping that next spring we are not undoing/redoing the ponds. The pond digger secretly hopes there will be a reason since I think he enjoys this. Today I was looking at the little koi and had some questions about identification. One of the nicest thing about being a member of the koi club is that there are some pretty smart koi experts around. I emailed our president, Cheng Lee and asked for some ID help. Here’s the extremely helpful answer I got in return: A metallic Kohaku is called either Kinfuji or a Sakura (pattern type). This is a cross between a Kohaku and an Ogon and that is where the metallic sheen comes from. We would not want to call Koi A kikusui since platinum kohaku and kikusui come from different groups within the greater complex of show koi known as Hikari moyomono. The platinum kohaku belongs to Group A or ‘moyo type’ Hikari moyomono. These are ALL a known koi variety, like kohaku or sanke , that is crossed with a metallic ogon to make that variety metallic. The second Group- Group B, is of the ‘hariwake type’. And this is a cross of TWO metallic ogons. This is where kikusui originated from. At this stage Koi B and C are Hariwake. Don’t be surprised if it changes as the koi gets older and bigger. Just a hunch that the metallic Kohaku might turn into a Kujaku. I really appreciate the details – maybe I’m turning into a koi geek!
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