Claire Corlett

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Koi Carp Male and Female Fish Identification 1 of 3


[SOUND] I’m in Upland, California today. I’m at Mystic Koi and we’re gonna be
shooting some more koi discussion videos. Today our topic is gonna be on how to
distinguish a male koi versus a female koi, and as you know I got Shawn McHenry on deck,
the koi expert to talk us through this. Lets begin.>>Eric!
Whats going on man?>>Shawn, how are you?>>Great, great, great man.>>Look at you and your beanie today.>>Dude, oh,
it’s freezing out here, you know?>>It’s like 55 here in California.>>Yeah.
>>Southern California, it’s freezing of course [LAUGH].>>All right then, the viewers wanna know,
I get asked this all the time.>>Yeah.
>>And, you know, I am a little bit of a rookie at explaining
why I think I get the point across. What I wanted from an expert what, how can
we differentiate male koi verses female koi?>>Oh, sure.
>>Everyone asks you.>>Yeah all the time.>>Okay.
>>All the time. And absolutely we’re gonna answer that today,
what the difference between a male and a female and talk about what the points are, but I wanna talk about something a lot more interesting. That’s exactly about that topic.>>Okay.
>>That is why you wanna know if it’s a male or a female.>>Okay.
>>All right?>>Well let’s jump into
the new business first.>>Yeah, yeah.
Sure, of course.>>Okay, who do you got for us?>>I’m gonna pull up a big girl and
a big boy, and we’ll take a look at the two.>>Perfect. See, this where it’s a little easier for
me to distinguish males and females. You know, as, as a, a novice,
like okay, we have a big female here.>>Sure.
>>Versus big male. So, I’m really looking forward
to as they get younger. How old is this koi?>>She’s four, four years old.>>Four, wow. She’s massive.>>And
then let’s grab another four year old koi.>>Okay.
>>I’m gonna grab a Showa.>>Okay.
Four year old male.>>Four year old male.>>Okay.>>So, the first thing you
might just notice right now is males a lot more ornery than females are.>>Is that true?>>I think it is.>>All right.
>>Males they actually when you’re, when you’re feeding your koi.>>Uh-huh.>>Males will tend to go up,
grab food and then zip right back down.>>Flip their tail up.>>Right, right. Where a female is, she’s a smooth lady. Like she’ll come up, she’ll grab that food,
kind of like Pac, Pac-Man.>>Yeah.
>>Sort of suck in some food.>>Delicate.
>>Suck in some food. And then just kind of mosey on,
where a male is really, really aggressive. And so I find like, moving males versus moving females, females
tend to be a lot more gentle in the hand.>>Did you see that all the way down,
like down into tosai? I mean it’s hard to tell in tosai, but say like-
>>No, no.>>Second year, third year?>>Yeah, it’s usually more mature fish,
definitely.>>Okay.
>>Definitely.>>So let’s take a look at these. If you notice, believe it or not,
these two koi are about the same size.>>Okay.
>>And and so yes, they have the same length. A lot of their, their body parts are pretty
much the same, the fins and tails, things like that. But there’s a huge, an absolutely huge
difference in the thickness of the Koi.>>Yeah.>>I mean I can, you can,
you can see from here to where that’s almost the entire width of my hand.>>Right.>>And that’s gonna be what is known as the
biggest difference between males and females.>>In the girth looking down,
the width, right?>>Exactly.>>Okay, so the question, the questions
that arise are probably like, okay well, will this guy max out at, lets say 30
inches and this one is gonna keep going? It’s so, is, that’s prevalent?>>Sure. Whether it’s male or female isn’t as important as the bone
structure is important, right?>>For size?>>Exactly.>>Okay.
>>So for, for length, we’re, we’re more concerned about the tail joint and
how thick that is. Where in male and female she, this guy is gonna get really long and
may just never fill it out bulk wise.>>Right. Yeah, I mean the, the base right there is
like as thick as my wrist back there-.>>Yeah, exactly, exactly.>>And this one,
this one’s like my daughter’s wrist.>>Right [LAUGH].
>>So that’s something good to point out, may be, may be hard to see.>>Another big difference to point
out between a male and female is, in the springtime, if you’re trying to
identify which is your male, which is your female, in the springtime, their cheeks,
male cheeks will actually get really rough. So I can go down here and
you can feel his cheeks and they will actually be,
they feel like stubble believe it or not. Right now it’s winter time so
we can’t feel that at all,.>>Okay
>>But that’s a great way>>So tell us why’s that? I mean.>>It’s I think it’s sexual excitement,
excitement sort of thing.>>Is that why you’re all bearded up today?>>Oh, yeah. I’m so excited.>>You’re always bearded up. [LAUGH].>>[LAUGH] I’m always excited.>>Okay, well that’s, that’s interesting. Okay, so, I mean, at this point,
okay, this is a female, this a male. And I know that. It’s easy. She’s really thick, he’s slender.>>Right.>>Base of the tail is thick like,
you know, a man’s wrist, and this is more petite like a woman’s wrist.>>Mm-hm.>>Okay that’s fine, I don’t need to check
the stubble in the spring time on these koi.>>Right.
>>So how does that translate down the line, because most people aren’t gonna buy fish
this big, they’re gonna maybe try and start smaller and try and
identify it earlier.>>Sure.
>>So is that something that can be identified in
a second year koi, or a third year koi, or?>>Well, I, I like to personally, I like to identify two
year old and up, I find that’s fairly easy. Koi breeders in Japan, will actually
be able to identify tosai male, female.>>Right, cuz they just have. Yeah [CROSSTALK] thousands and thousands.>>They’re just, they’re just magicians. Yeah.>>Yeah.>>Those guys know what they’re doing. And even then they get it
wrong to be honest with you.>>Yeah.
>>So it’s, it’s real, real tricky thing but let’s,
let’s put these guys back. Let’s pull up a couple other fish and
>>Perfect, perfect.>>We’ll talk about some distinguishing
differences in a younger male and female.>>Perfect. Good plan. Let’s put them up.

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