Koi Variety Guide

Koi Variety Guide to help you select your fish?

At Andreskoi.com we strive to bring you the best koi varieties available from the top breeders in Japan. The owner Andy Moo makes several trips per year to Japan to hand select the koi for his annual koi growth contest and his year round sales. Andy is please to provide his customers with quality Asagi, Bekko, Doitsu-goi, Goshiki, Hikari-moyomono, Kawarimono, Kinginrin, Kohaku, Koromo, Kumonryu, Ochiba, Ogon, Showa, Shusui, Taisho, Tancho and Utsurimono.

Asagi koi

Asagi

Asagi

a koi with light blue above and red below. The name means “light blue” in Japanese.

Bekko koi

Bekko

Bekko

white, red, or yellow, skinned with small black markings sumi. The  name means “tortoise shell,”. The white red and yellow varieties are called Shiro Bekko, Aka Bekko and Ki Bekko respectively. Sometimes confused with the Utsuri.

Butterfly koi

Butterfly

Butterfly

not considered Nishikigoi. It has long fins, a version of all others. It was bred in the United States and introduced back into Japan.

Doitsu-goi koi

Doitsu-goi

Doitsu-goi

German mirror carp with a single line of large mirror-like scales along the top.

Goshiki koi

Goshiki

Goshiki

black with red, white, brown, and blue accents.

Hikari-moyomono koi

Hikari-moyomono

Hikari-moyomono

with colored markings over a metallic base, or in two metallic colors.

Kawarimono koi

Kawarimono

Kawarimono

a competition category (you cannot purchase a “kawarigoi” from a pet shop). This is a  “catch-all” term that cannot be placed into one of the other categories. Also known askawarigoi

Kinginrin koi

Kinginrin

Kinginrin

translates  as “gold and silver scales.” A metallic scaled fish. Often abbreviated to Ginrin.

Kohaku koi

Kohaku

Kohaku

white-skinned, having large red marks on the top. The name means “red and white;” The kohaku was the first patterned variety to be established in Japan in the 19th century.

Koromo koi

Koromo

Koromo

patches of  blue or black edged scales. This koi first arose in the 1950s as a cross between an Asagi and Kohaku.

Kumonryu koi

Kumonryu

Kumonryu 

changes color with the seasons. Kumonryu is black with curling white markings. The patterns are thought to be suggestive of Japanese ink paintings of dragons.

Ochiba koi

Ochiba

Ochiba

Japanese name means “fallen leaves.” It is light blue with yellow patches, reminiscent of autumn leaves on water.

Ogon koi

Ogon

Ogon

most commonly seen colors are gold, platinum, and orange. Cream specimens exist but are very rare. A one color, but with metallic scales  or hikarimono. Japanese name means “Gold.” Variety was created by Sawata Aoki in 1946 from wild carp he caught in 1921.

Showa Sanshoku koi

Showa Sanshoku

Showa Sanshoku

or Showa Sanke, black with red and white markings. The first Showa Sanke was revealed in 1927, during the reign of  Emperor Showa. In the United States the name is abbreviated to just Showa. The extent of shiroji on Showa Sanke has improved, to the point where it can be difficult to tell it apart from Taisho Sanke.

Shusui koi

Shusui

Shusui

created in 1910 by Yoshigoro Akiyama,  crossed a  Japanese Asagi with a German mirror carp. The name means “Autumn jade” in Japanese. The fish has no scales, excluding  a single line of large mirror scales dorsally, going from head to tail.

Taisho Sanshoku koi

Taisho Sanshoku

Taisho Sanshoku

or Taisho Sanke, is comparable to the Kohaku, where they differ, this fish has small black markings called sumi. This selection was first revealed in 1914 by Gonzo Hiroi, breeder, during the reign of  Emperor Taisho. In the United States it is abbreviated to just “Sanke”.

Tancho koi

Tancho

Tancho

with a solitary red patch on top of its head. May be a Tancho Showa, Tancho Sanke, or even Tancho Goshiki. Named after the Japanese crane which also bares a red spot on its head.

Utsurimono koi

Utsurimono

Utsurimono

black with a white, red, or yellow markings. Renamed Ki Utsuri by Elizaburo Hoshino, a 20th century breeder. Red and white versions are called Hi Utsuri and Shiro Utsuri. The utsuri means to print.

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Andy Moo is the owner of Andrew's Koi International. He has been conducting business at the same location since 1994. Andy invites you to visit at his shop and admire the beautiful koi. His koi shop is located about two miles west of Disneyland.

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