Japanese Koi Fish Pictures & Live Koi Fish

Koi fish have many different colors. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. Japanese koi fish also come in many varieties.

Online you can find live koi fish, koi fish pictures, koi fish drawings, koi fish, koi fish 3d desktop, and koi fish for sale.  If you’re thinking of buying some koi fish, you will need a very large saltwater aquarium.  I would recommend at least a 55 gallon fish tank to keep your koi in.  Typically, the larger the fish tank, the larger your koi will get.

While possible variations are limitless, breeders have identified and named a number of specific categories. The most popular category is Gosanke. The Gosanke category is made up of the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku, and Showa Sanshoku varieties. The Japanese breeders have many generations of knowledge and experience when it comes to breeding and raising Nishikigoi. They know which ones will be worth hundreds of dollars and which ones will be worth thousands of dollars.

The major named varieties of koi fish include:

  • Kohaku – a white-skinned Koi, with a red pattern
  • Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) – a white-skinned Koi with a red and black pattern
  • Showa Sanshoku (Showa) – a black-skinned Koi with a red and white pattern
  • Tancho – Any koi with the only red being in a circle on its forehead. The fish can be a Tancho Showa, Tancho Sanke, or even Tancho Goshiki
  • Asagi – a Koi with light blue scales on its top and red scales on its bottom
  • Shusui – the partially scaled version of an Asagi
  • Bekko – a white, red, or yellow-skinned Koi with a black pattern
  • Utsurimono – a black Koi with a red, white, or yellow pattern
  • Goshiki – a mostly black Koi with red, white, brown, and blue accents
  • Ogon – a Koi that is one solid color, can be regular or metallic; known colors – red, orange, platinum, yellow and cream
  • Kin Gin Rin – a Koi with shiny scales. The name translates into English as “Gold Silver Scales” There are also Gin Rin versions of almost any other type of koi.
  • Kawarimono (kawarigoi) – Miscellaneous types of Koi
  • Doitsu-goi – German Carp
  • Koromo – Koi with areas of blue-edged scales aligned neatly
  • Hikari-Moyomono – Koi with coloured patterns over a metallic base, and koi in two metallic colours
  • Ghost koi – “Hybrid” of Ogon and wild carp. Not Nishikigoi.
  • Butterfly koi – Long-finned version of all others. Not Nishikigoi.

The common carp is widely believed to have originated from the Caspian Sea with natural habitat surrounding the North, Baltic, Mediterranean, Black, Azov, Caspian and Aral Sea basins. The common carp, as a food fish with the ability to survive and adapt to many different climates and waterways, was bartered and spread to many different areas, including North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Wild populations of the common carp now exist in those four continents and South America.

Natural color mutations of these carp would have occurred across all populations. However, earliest records of carp with distinct colors have been found in Japan. Depictions of carp or ‘koi’ with different color variations have been found on 18th century Japanese drawings and paintings. The ornamental cultivation of carp originated in the Niigata region of Japan during the Japanese Edo Period.


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