which are Japanese carp, are beautiful fish found most often
in ponds in Japanese gardens.
Although they come in a number of different color
variations, the bright orange and red are the most easily
typically measure from 6 to 10 inches in length when they
are young but as they mature, they can reach 20 feet or
full-grown size usually takes about two years and watching
them grow is an interesting process.
tend to be gentle fish that love to be handfed. While most people will simply toss food pellets on the
surface of the water, if you place pellets inside a closed
fist and then carefully lower your hand into the water, the
Koi will become curious and slowly start paying attention.
By releasing just a few pellets, the Koi will come
even closer. As
you open your hand, the Koi will actually come right up to
your hand and eat from it.
You will feel a strong sucking as the Koi inhale the
scales of Koi are shaped as diamonds with some having a
metallic appearance. Koi
are amazingly beautiful and for being so large, very
colors are always brilliant and the movement of the Koi,
are the various types of Koi:
Shusui This is a combination of two
species with the Asagi representing scales with a white
edge, giving the Koi a net-like look. The belly is bright red, extending to the pectoral fins,
gill covers, and lips.
This is a reference to any Koi that has two colors
This name translates to five colors and
consists of many different patterns of red, blue, black,
white, and gray
Predominantly black, the scales on this type of Koi
are a very shiny metallic
Similar to the Asagi, the scales on this Koi have a
darkened center, giving the fish a blue-like appearance
Koi This Koi is bright orange with
Extremely shiny, this Koi can be yellow, gold,
white, orange, or even platinum
This is a three-colored Koi that consists of white,
red, and black
The scales of this Koi are smooth with orange that
runs down the sides and on the cheeks, and the body is
white with a blue streak.
For a Koi to fall into this category, the head
must be white.
Of all the Koi species, this is the most
fish is white and on the head is a perfect circle of
red, making the fish look exactly like the flag of
This Koi has three colors with black being the minor
be a Taisho-Sanke Koi, the black must never be more than
the color red. Additionally,
the head must be red and account for 50% or more of the