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100,000 Pound (uk $) Fish!


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Funny that she won though, her pattern looks unbalanced to me - it all seems to be down one side, not symmetrical like the Japanese like (or they did like, back when I was into koi). Her head looks a bit pink/flesh coloured too, which is a flaw. Maybe it's just the photo, or the angle of the photo.

She is still a gorgeous fish of course, but it's like any animal, a gorgeous fish may not be a great show specimen. Guess this just shows that charisma must count for a lot, and/or I have no eye for show quality!!

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I thought the white ones with the round red spot on their head were the most desired koi.  What were they called again?

I read they were worth a small fortune...or a big one depending on how perfect the red spot is.

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They are called Tancho or Tancho Kohaku :lookaround:

Im in love with this species, but you will usually only get 0-5% tanchos in a Kohaku Spawn over a few 100,000 fish. Quite hard to get and when avaible...it will be very pricey.

Here are some pics of some Tanchos.

1. Traditional Tancho

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2. Tancho Showa

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3. Tancho Sanke

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[images from Dekoi.info and Akakoi.com]

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Tancho! That's the one. I didn't realise how difficult they were to spawn. Don't they breed true? I assumed they were similar to red cap goldfish genetics. Still a bit much for a fish, you could buy a flock of black cockatoos for the price I've seen a single koi sell for overseas. Mmmm red tailed black cockatoos....now there's a hobby I'd like to sink my teeth into :lookaround: .

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as best I can tell the patterns are quite random. They are not like betta colour strains for example. A lot depends on genotype. By crossing 2 showas you'e going to get a proportion of showas, but the quality of the pattern is a lottery.

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