by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Yes. 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Black carp in natural rivers and ponds evolved to white, red and blue carp by chance. The blue lineage carp eventually became the Asagi.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016We 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016One 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Some koi have weaker Asagi blood and stronger Hajiro blood and tend to turn black. If you stop its growth at this time, it will stay black. It is important to keep them growing.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016If 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...
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016The 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016There are three conditions where this may happen. If the fish grows fast, if the surroundings suddenly change or when it becomes sick. If you avoid these conditions, the probably losing Toh Hi is very low.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016The sound of water being aerated is very beneficial to koi. Researchers have confirmed that the sound of falling water stimulates a Nishikigoi’s appetite. It is beneficial to have waterfalls in koi ponds. Occasionally you will get a lot of build up of string...
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Water 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...
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Montmorillonite 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016A 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Hajiro 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Higoi indicates a simple red koi. Benigoi is a koi whose red is more enhanced.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Red on the base of the pectoral fins is called Motoaka. Asagi, Shusui and Aka Hajiro have Motoaka.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Motoguro means the base of the pectoral fins is black. Motoguro occurs in varieties like Showa Sanshoku, Shiro Utsuri, Hajiro and Kumontyu.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Koi 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Yes, the redder the better.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016In 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.
by Taro Kodama | Apr 14, 2016Ogon 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.