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Old 11-07-2010, 06:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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curtis I didn't think koi fish were down in Texas. Are you saying you shoot bow in a pond?You must have one heck cement pond. Maybe you are getting it mix with southern fish.Have you try to glue fish skin? If so what did you use?
Koi are pretty much everywhere since all they are are just ornamental common carp that have been bred for the color and pattern. They are all still just Cyprinus carpio.

I shoot them in the rivers and lakes around here. I believe they most likely get out of people's back yard ponds when it floods and then they thrive in the local waterway. They are not native and as such, are bad on the natural ecosystem.

Here is a 23# I took a couple of years ago.
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Hey Louie;

I really would like some more info on your process for preserving and casting fish skins. I've done the usual process of stretching the skin over a form and using a dry preservative to minimize shrinking and stabilize the collagen in the skin. But every skin I have ever done lost almost all color and had to be airbrushed back after mounting to be recognizable.

How did you retain that much color in a carp skin? Did you dry with the scales on and remove after, or scale while wet?

Thanks for any info.
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