After spawning, a female eats food very aggressively and gets ready for the next season. Males do not have as big of an appetite as the females. Typically, the female eats more and ends up growing bigger in girth and length.
Koi can live more than 80 years.
It is one of the clues. Breeders can estimate the age simply by looking at the koi. Breeders can tell the age by collecting various information such as body conormation, coloration, head and fins size, scale size, thickness of fukurin, etc.
Yes, any Ogon except Doitsu Ogon can have Fukurin. Fukurin does not appear until the koi grows at least 24 inches. As it continues to grow, the Fukurin will become thicker and more beautiful.
It is true that through generations of careful breeding the black carp has turned into this beautiful fish. No tropical fish has ever been mixed into koi bloodlines.
Goshiki literally means five colors in Japanese. When the variety was developed, there were five colors.
It is Koromo with Sumi instead of Ai. Because Aigoromo comes from Asagi bloodlines, it usually has the Asagi’s scale color on its Hi plate. When Sumi appears instead, it is recognized as Sumigoromo.
“Ai” means indigo and “Koromo” means clothes. Therefore, Aigoromo means koi wearing indigo clothes.
Goshiki is bred by crossing Asagi with Kohaku. Aigoromo came from the process of leaving pattern only on the Hi, making the other part white. Simply speaking, Aigoromo has white as its ground and Goshiki has color there, and sometimes Hi as well.
Yes. Like Shiro Bekko, it comes from Taisho Sanshoku breeding.
They come from the same parents. Bekko is a koi with Sumi (xsimu) on the shiroji that is bred from Taisho Sanshoku. Sometimes koi with sumi on red skin appears. This is Hi Bekko. Hi Bekko and Bekko are brothers and sisters of Taisho Sanshoku.
Hachiware is a type of pattern that devides the face into half.
Tancho Kohaku is produced from regular Kohachu breeding. Tancho Taisho Sanshoku are produced from breeding Taisho Sanshoku.
Yes. Almost all fish have a silver shine. The gene that creates silver scales is strong and any variety can have a beautiful Ginrin variation.
Ginrin is the short term for Kin Ginrin. They are shiny scales. Ginrin shines gold on red, and silver on white.
At night when there is no sun-light, Koi stop swimming actively and are quiet at the bottom. They look like they are sleeping.
The season depends on the location. The temperature of the water triggers the spawn. In hot places like Okinawa, the season begins in March, while in Niigata it is in May and June. In tropical countries, it is possible for the Koi to spawn 2-3 times per year.
Some koi have been found that are 58 inches long.
Yes, it is true. It can be hard for koi to digest food, so it is important to feed them easy-to-digest food.
It depends on how you categorize them, but in general there are more than 120 varieties.