The first Koi Show on the South African calendar has just happened down in George.With over 300 koi entered there was some good competition.
Drikus van Dyk has been a passionate koi keeper for a good few years now and has made the trip up to George from Cape Town and won numerous titles.
This year was no exception when he took both Supreme Grand Chanpion and Reserve Grand Champion with Dream Koi supplied Sakai Sankes. Interestingly the SGC was bought as tosai:-
Charl van der Merwe is a local entrant who has also been regularly successful with his koi.
He recently selected and purchased an 80cm Karashigoi from Dream Koi that won numerous accolades at the Show- Superior Grand Champion(3rd best koi on Show),Best Non Gosanke, Jumbo B and Best in Special Variety. Well done Charl!
The next Show is the 2018 South African National Koi Show up in Gauteng at Cresta on the 19/20th of May. We will be taking a stand there and bringing up koi to sell.Looking forward to it!
With our Show season in in full swing it’s really interesting to go back and look at koi handled by Dream Koi that have won Grand Supreme and Reserve Grand Supreme titles over the years gone by:It’s also interesting to see what other titles some of these stunning koi have won:-
I’ve always had a soft spot for Chagois.I think it’s a combination of their strength and simplicity.There is always a place for a chagoi in a pond. They get extremely tame/friendly and greedy ,so will often encourage the other koi in the pond to feed more profusely.
I’ve found that Ogata Koi Farm producers some extremely good Chagois.
I purchased these 2 Nisai at the Ogata November Auction in 2012 with Paul Coetzee
who shares my passion for this variety. Both koi are in my Champion’s pond.
This fish is now only 3,5 years old and over 85cm,
classic strong body and great, even scalation/ colour.
This Chagoi is more chocolate and is over 80cm and has developed a lot of character
in her face with distinctive chubby cheeks-Paul’s favorite! Won’t be as big as the other-imo- but is still stunning!
I am sure Paul will be showing at least one of them at the KZN Show in July and I will then get updates on pictures and sizes.
2 other stunning Ogata Chagois:-
A beautiful Chagoi grown by Ernst from Nisai to win some coveted awards.
Mark bought this Chagoi from Dream Koi who grew it on frm nisai to an 80cm Sansai. Mark has put another 7cm onto the koi and I’m sure we will see this fish do something special at the Western Cape Show later this year.
With the high cost of electricity and also to minimize the maintenance, but to increase the effectiveness of the filters, I decided to make some changes to my filter system:-
I removed all the koi and blocked the bottom drains- I left the water running in the pond with the weirs directly connected to the protein skimmer and bakki shower. I then did the foundations for the filtration system.
The finished filter- 2 bottom drains to 1 Profidrum- thank you Mark from Koi Water Products!- and the 3rd bottom drain and 2 weirs to the other drum. From the drums the water goes through 3 filter chambers of Japanese matting- up/down system. The 4th chamber is the pump chamber where 2 x 55 00 liters an hour submersables push the water up and through 2 large stainless steel bakki showers filled with Momotaro Bakki House Media and then back to the pond. In addition I have a Speck pump pushing water through a sand filter and UV light and returning through my inside bakki shower with Ogata Crystal Bio.
Congratulations to Ernst Van Dyk for having his pond featured in the very popular British koi magazine Koi Carp.
As most of you know, Ernst is an extremely passionate koi keeper with the ability to grow a number of koi big- and still maintain the quality- in a relativly small pond. The cover of the magazine shows a very beautiful Sakai Sanke which we purchased as nisai in November 2012 and subsiquently sold to Ernst.
It’s great to see that Ernst is doing such a good job on the koi and I’m looking forward to see her progress.