Did the Kohaku come from the Asagi?

Yes. In breeding Asagi, koi which had lost all the blue and had red left only on the belly and pectoral fins. By crissing these koi carefully, the Kohaku developed.

Is it okay to put wild carp in a koi pond?

We do not recommend it. Wild carp are accustomed to protecting themselves from outside enemies. They are very sensitive. Adding this sensitive fish to a school of koi can make the entire school very careful and sensitive to sounds.

Are Ogon really friendly?

One of the biggest characteristics of Ogon is that they are not afraid of people. They are very friendly. Adding 2 to 3 Ogon in a pond will make the entire school of koi friendly.

Is it important to keep Bekko separately from Kohaku?

If you are intending to show the Koi, it is better to keep Kohaku that requires color enhancing food away from Bekko and Shiro Utsuri to protect the pureness of their Shiroji. In an ordinary pond, you can truly enjoy a gorgeous school of koi when you put all the...

Is it good to keep Shiro Uturi and Kohaku together?

The shiroji of Shiro Utsuri loses its purity when it is fed color-enhancing food. Kohaku need color enhancing food to thickent their HI. Since the strategies for raising these two varieties for competition are opposite, they should be kept separately.

What kind of water is best for koi?

Water that has a variety of minerals in good balance is best for koi. Distilled water (which will not support koi) added to a bit of sea water for its salt and mineral content, is perfect for Koi. In Niigata, pure water comes from from snow, soaks into the ground and...

What is Montmorillonite Clay, and what does it do?

Montmorillonite is a mineral that is beneficial to Koi. Products like “Koi Nendo” contain abundant amounts of the mineral and help improve water quality. Learn more about koi clay, montmorillonite clay, and why it is used to mimic Japanese mud ponds.

What kind of food enhances Hi?

A pigment called Carotene makes the Hi look red. Koi do not produce this so they must obtain it from their food. Spirulina is how food manufacturers provide raw carotene, so look for food that contains Spirulina.

What is motoaka?

Red on the base of the pectoral fins is called Motoaka. Asagi, Shusui and Aka Hajiro have Motoaka.

What is motoguro?

Motoguro means the base of the pectoral fins is black. Motoguro occurs in varieties like Showa Sanshoku, Shiro Utsuri, Hajiro and Kumontyu.

Is Motoguro desirable in Kin Showa?

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.