The Different Varieties of Koi There are fourteen different varieties of Koi, with a fifteenth variety that is used as a sort of a catchall variety for all of the different Koi types that do not quite fit into one of the other fourteen slots. This last variety is known as the Kawarimono, and a large percentage of Koi are placed in this category. Inclusion in this variety has no bearing on the quality of the Koi. Placement in the fifteenth variety simply means that there is something not quite right about the fish. It may be attractive and healthy, but it does not fitRead More →

HOW ARE GOLDFISH AND KOI DIFFERENT? Koi Goldfish and Koi may have some similarities, but they are definitely two different fish. The Goldfish (Carassius auratus) is over a thousand years old, and was created by the selective breeding of a type of fish known as the Prussian Carp. The plan was to develop different color mutations, and this idea was very successful. The changes in the fish were so distinct that the Prussian Carp and the Goldfish are now thought of as two completely different species of fish. Goldfish migrated to Japan and Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Common Carp and theRead More →

The History of the Koi The Koi has an interesting history. They are the national fish of the country of Japan, and a member of the carp family (Cyprinus carpio). This is why some people call the fish Koi Carp. Koi are also called warrior or samurai fish in Japan. These names have nothing to do with their disposition. In fact, it is safe to assume that most of the Koi you will see are lovers instead of fighters! Koi are also known as Nishikigoi, which means, “brocaded carp” in Japan and other locations. Yet another title for these interesting fish is “Japanese Carp”, whichRead More →

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ALL ABOUT THE KOI The hobby of keeping Koi is a fascinating one that can become a lucrative business with a little research and a lot of work. Owning Koi is a relaxing pastime that you will enjoy throughout your life. The Koi is one of the most beautiful fish in existence. Their colors are eye-catching and their agile bodies are quite graceful when gliding through the water of their pond. A group of Koi can live for more than two hundred years when cared for properly, although 25-35 years seems to be an average lifespan. Long Lived Fish Need Plenty of Room Since itRead More →

Choosing the Suitable Koi The successful thing of your pond fish has much to do with where they come from. At all times, we suggest buying your koi from your nearest reputed breeder rather than purchasing from a national chain or a domestic pet store. Koi that come from a domestic chain usually undergoes hundreds, if not 1000s of miles of travel before they reach their destination. Also, koi from domestic chains leave uncovered to many diseases and bacteria that criticize their capacity weak immune systems. Additionally, domestic chain koi originally are not tracked or fed for growth. If you are amazing what kind ofRead More →

Butterfly koi

Butterfly koi Butterfly koi is a koi with an elongated fine.  other names are longfin koi, high fin koi or dragon carp.  This type is koi is a by-product of cross breeding a wild Indonesian high fin carp to domesticated Nishikigoi, their purpose is to strengthen the hardness of the koi.  The result of the breeding is a longer fins, barbels and the nostril has pom pom formation just like pompom goldfish.  In Japan, they are called  Onagoi or Hire Naga goi in English longtail carp.  Here is a video below. Butterfly koi origins conflict I am bit confused on Wikipedia Butterfly koi and Aquascape site theyRead More →

Thieves make off with £7,500 koi haul Thieves make off with £7,500 koi haul excerpt posted from http://www.petbusinessworld.co.uk 31st March 2017 By Sandra Pearce Garden centre staff have spoken of their sadness after discovering that thieves made off with koi worth more than £7,500. Ten koi and one sturgeon were stolen from an outside display tank at Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea, near Farnham, with the thieves leaving just one fish. The thieves had switched an aeration brick in the water to a high level, so a curtain of bubbles formed on the surface, concealing the fact that the fish had been taken. Martin Breddy,Read More →

gosanke koi fish meaning

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gosanke koi fish meaning Gosanke koi fish meaning Showa. The Showa koi, otherwise known as the Showa Sanshoku, are considered one of the Gosanke (meaning “big three” in Japanese), along with Kohaku and Sanke koi. Gosanke refers to the “big three” varieties in koi of: Kohaku, Taisho Sanke, and Showa Sanshoku. It’s actually a recycled term that originated during feudal times in Japan to denote the three branches of the Tokugawa families; the shogunate which ruled Japan from 1603-1868 AD. This word comes from the three families of the Tokgawa house in the Edo period (1603 to 1869). It means Triumvirate, the big three. GORead More →

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Doitsu Koi Most of the genetic make up of Koi varieties today, do have Doitsugoi blood. Doitsu Hariwake, Doitsu Kohaku, Doitsu Sanke, Doitsu Showa and Doitsu Yamato Nishiki just to name a few. Doitsu Koi went through centuries of selective breeding and most of the time rated highest rating fish can receive. In the late 1800’s German Koi were imported in Japan to improve the supply of edible fish, since it did not have scales with a bulkier body shape which means more meat to eat. Also, another purpose of importation is to cross-breed the German carp with the indigenous carp. Two German scientists, selectedRead More →

culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi

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culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi culling koi fry My own method of choosing good koi. Today, I was choosing good koi to keep for growout, I don’t use culling term because I will not throw away the cull kois instead let them grow out too and sell at cheaper price. My method is not sophisticated as professional koi breeders in Japan it is my own judgement and what I think for me is beautiful, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so based on my judgement I kept the ones that I believe is beautiful for me.Read More →