Our visit to Gan Shmuel
After numerous messages exchanged with Lior the farms breeder once again our expectations are high. Pulling up at the farm we are greeted by the guard dog.
Its a lovely day again today, perfect weather for selecting koi after a quick meet and greet we get straight to buisness. We started the selecting with these stunning doitsu Mettalic Ochiba Shigure.
This year the farm has worked hard to introduce some of the rarest varieties of koi. Something not seen too often now is the platinum Doitsu Kikokuryu.
We are simply spoilt for choice. These Doitsu koi are absolutely amazing the skin and body shapes are as equal to there colouration.
The koi just keep coming we have secured yet more beautiful koi.
As well as the unusual varieties of koi Gan shmuel produce beautiful Butterfly koi. Having already seen a few teasing videos we had an idea of what to expect.
Kin Ki Utsuri Butterfly
Here are some stunning Kin Ki ursuri Butterfly we have purchased.
Doitsu Sanke Butterfly koi
These fish were glowing Red absolutely fantastic quality.
Shusui Butterfly koi
Brand new release some Shusui Butterfly Koi. Having had few of this variety in the smaller sizes seemed quite special in 2018, but purchasing some of these in larger size is something else. Spectacular colour and skin quality many of which are the Hana Shusui type (all orange).
Tancho Butterfly no way !!!!
Yes you heard it right we have managed to secure a Tancho Butterfly Koi. Check this beauty out !!
Kin Matsuba Butterfly Koi
This variety already showed its popularity throughout 2018 in regular finnes koi. These fish will be in high demand.
Hi Utsuri Butterfly Koi
As well as the Kin Ki utsuri there is also Hi Utsuri these were not dor staying in Israel.
Still hungry for more?
Shiro Utsuri Butterfly koi and even a couple of Doitsu Showa butterfly.
Also some Purachina and Yamabuki ogon too.
The farm has gone to lots of effort on this trip and it clearly hadn't gone un noticed . Its only fair to take every fish prepared in some of the tanks :)
From 3 hours of continuous catching and buying koi it was time to have a spot of lunch. Even the guard dog was hungry.
After a quick bite to eat its straight back to picking.
Now we were selecting some more regular finned koi starting off with some unusual looking Asagi and Shusui.
Yet another variety of koi which is very popular.
Kujaku and Kohaku
After the Hariwakes we also selected some Unique kujaku and kin kujaku and also some very well patterned Kohaku's
The final tank !!
It was a full tank of kikokuryu's and Doitsu Mettalic Ochiba Shigure stunning koi.
Saving the best till last!
Voted the favourite fish of the day this amazing Doitsu Kin Kikokuryu. With its Gun metal coloured back ground and little drips of Lemon yellow colour over the top, this koi is a true Gem.
Concluding our visit we had a quick look at the outside pond while they calculated the amount of koi we purchased.
A short time later they came back to us with our paperwork today we purchased 563 fish with no koi under 8" in size. Think its fair to say this has been a good visit. This is the highest volume of koi purchased at this farm to date. We would like to thank Lior and all the team at Gan Shmuel for all the magnificent koi prepared for us today.
The visit went very well maybe a little too well which we learned when we got back to the hire car and it wouldnt start.
As the boss of Gan shmuel hooked us up to his car to charge our battery the other staff member just simply sat and watched.
Luckily it was a quick fix. And we were on our way with a bit of time to take in the beach at the hotel. Tomorrow sees us pre visit madan koi and the start selecting at Dag Noy.
A great way to end a very successful day.
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