Marugen Koi Farm's Baby Koi Fries @ about 1 week old
  • marugenfarmmarugenfarm October 2013
    Posts: 52
    Marugen Koi Farm's Baby Koi Fries @ about 1 week old

    Marugen Koi Farm is pleased to post an update on our baby koi fries, that have survived through their most vulnerable period since being released into the mud pond, where baby fish-fries eating predators such as dragonfly nymphs, water beetles, water spiders and other carniverous water insects are found naturally. That is not to say that many unfortunate baby koi fries have lost their lives to these merciless predators, some under our own helpless eyes, which needless to say was very painful to watch.



    Now at about 1 week old, the baby koi fries are bigger, healthier and strong enough to ward off majority of the predators. But danger is still lurking, especially with the bigger predators such as the dragonfly nymphs and the water spiders, and Marugen Koi Farm is keeping its fingers cross that most of these baby koi fries will be able to last through at least another week of danger zone, before the same baby koi fries are big enough to switch "predator-prey" roles, and now become the predators, feeding on their former predators that have previously preyed on their innocent and sacrificial siblings!



    If you look closely into the video clips, you will notice that some of the baby koi fries carry some black sumi markings, which means they can grow up to become either Taisho Sanke, Aka Bekko or Shiro Bekko. This is expected, as while the female parent fish is a Kohaku, the male parent fishes are made up of Taisho Sankes and Kohakus. Hence, the rest of baby koi fries are expected to develop into Kohaku and Aka Muji (or Benigoi).



    These baby koi fries are offsprings of our new female parent fish, "M Tanchozuru".

    "M Tanchozuru" is a beautiful and snow white Tancho Kohaku, bred by the world renowned Japanese Koi breeding farm, Sakai Fish Farm, which happens to be the new World Record Koi Farm holder for the Most Expensive Auction Koi Fish, for a Sakai Sanke in the recent Sakai Fish Farm Koi Auction 2013.

    Click here to see "M Tanchozuru", Marugen Koi Farm's new female oyagoi, along with the other male parent koi fishes.




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  • mrkoimrkoi October 2013
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    Very nice. Tq for sharing. May I know what is the size of the female and male oyagois. Just saw the breeding nest video. are u using 8 males during the spawning ?
  • marugenfarmmarugenfarm October 2013
    Posts: 52
    Hi mrkoi, thanks for your kind words. It's a pleasure to hear from you.

    The female oyagoi is about 80cm, while the males range from 60-70++cm.

    Yes, 8 males were used, as majority of them were very young fishes that just turned maturity, only about 2 years and few months of age at time of breeding. Thankfully, most eggs were fertilized and hatched into tiny little fries! :)



    Post edited by marugenfarm at 2013-10-08 09:07:00 am
  • marugenfarmmarugenfarm October 2013
    Posts: 52
    Breeding is indeed a lot of hard manual work, and for us, requires loads of patience and love for kois, in order to keep the koi spawning and caring for baby koi fries going. But, we always enjoy every single stages of koi breeding process; from choosing the right combination of parent fishes (oyagois), to spawning and fertilization of eggs, from nurturing baby koi fries, to culling of baby kois. The most satisfying moment comes during the culling process, where you can see precious little baby kois with nice patterns, liken to "swimming jewels", glistening right in front of your eyes. At that moment, we always feel that the hard work over the past few months is totally worth it! :) Is it the same for you at mrkoi farm?

    In fact, your website http://mrkoi.com/ and the posts you wrote on koi breeding, has been an inspiration for us, before and even during our koi breeding journey! Cheers. :)
    Post edited by marugenfarm at 2013-10-08 09:07:41 am
  • mrkoimrkoi October 2013
    Posts: 448
    Hi,

    Yes, same as with you. A lot of works has to be done before and after spawned. For me the best part is during harvest.

    All the best to you and may you succeed in the future.

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