Hajiro is a black koi whose only white is the tips of the pectoral fins. A red koi with white on the tip of the fins is called Aka Hajiro.
Higoi indicates a simple red koi. Benigoi is a koi whose red is more enhanced.
Red on the base of the pectoral fins is called Motoaka. Asagi, Shusui and Aka Hajiro have Motoaka.
Motoguro means the base of the pectoral fins is black. Motoguro occurs in varieties like Showa Sanshoku, Shiro Utsuri, Hajiro and Kumontyu.
Koi can be mature enough to breed in three years. In three years Koi have developed mature beauty. The best timing is when they are three years old.
Yes, the redder the better.
In every Showa Sanshoku variety, Motoguro is a condition of the beauty. If there is no Motoguro, then both pectoral fins need to be white or need to shine beautifully in platinum.
Ogon can grow to that size in 8 years or much sooner. However, if the pond is shallow and small, and if it is not fed enough, it can only grow to fit its environment. Ogon has a gene for large growth, to any Ogon can grow big.
Basically, they refer to the same thing. We use different terms depending on the varieties. We use net pattern for Asagi and Goshiki. We use Fukurin for Ogon, Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku.
The only difference is whether or not they have scales.
In they Kujyaku variety, there is a red bloodline and a Yamabuki bloodline. The redder color is preferred for the red bloodline, but all Kujyaku do not necessarily have to be red. Both bloodlines are judged equally at shows.
Crossing Kohaku with Asagi created Goshiki. There have been many crossings and improvements, and there are not necessarily five colors right now.
In the Koi world, there is a social status. Gosanke is the word that that expresses this status. Gosanke refers to the three varieties that represent Nishikigoi. They are the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku and Showa Sanshoku. These are known as the Big 3 and have the highest...
The level of perfection of a variety means the perfection of the characteristics that the variety has. For example, the prime characteristic of Tancho Kohaku is the true round Hi spot on the head. Platinum has to shine strongly in platinum. In Aigoromo, the beautiful...
It depends on it’s lineage? Some bloodlines have Ai when they are Tosai. Others have Ai when they grow 20-24 inches.
Scalation on its back is very important because we look at koi from above. Because scalation on the belly is hard to see, it does not really affect its value.
Hi on the head is not an absolute requirement, but the koi looks more beautiful with it.
The skin of Shusui is a strong blue when it is young. It gets weaker as it grows. In principle, the thicker the blue, the better. The blue will get weaker as it grows. A mature koi with high quality blue ground is more desirable. While most blue is getting weaker, the...
The Hi of Shusui does not change like the sumi of Kumonryu. Although the hi will change a bit from the time is was a Tosai, it will become stable when it is more than 2 years old.
From around 4 to 5 years old, or once they have reached the size of about 24 inches.