A variety of bright colours and unique scales were on display as the 12th annual Koi Show took place at Beacon Bay Spargs, East London last Saturday and Sunday.
Over More than 280 fish were on show at various sizes, ranging from one to six. A total of 24 vats took part in the competition with popular favourites from the city.
East London Koi Keeping Society chairperson Jean-Pierre Jordan said the koi species included sanke and utsurimono through to the popular kohaku.
“We have some of our more succcessful EL vats taking part in the event. We’ve also had some people who that breed and sell koi as part of the show,” Jordan said.
He added that there are several chapters throughout the country in the Southern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Johannesburg, as well as the Eastern Cape.
The Supreme Grand Champion prize went to Andre Lle Roux, followed by Nico Schultz.
In the kids section of the show, Nico Krull and Kayla Jordan took the first two spots.
Other koi keepers included The Vuna Group’s Lindiwe Hendricks, who also sponsored the event.
Jordan said some of the koi are imported by owners from other countries. , and can cost well into thousands of rands.
Local vats Peter Bezuindenhout, Nico Schultz and Leon Krull have been earmarked to take part in the SA National Koi Show to take place in Durban later in July. this month in Durban.