Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Baby Bottle Feeding Huge Koi

These huge Koi are being fed by a baby bottle. It looks like there are some huge Koi in that pond.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hi Utsuri

Hi Utsuri
The Hi Utsuri is a red and black Koi. It is a popular breed and is found in most ponds all over the world. When choosing a Hi Utsuri, look for a deep red color with an interesting black pattern. A slash of black coloring across is the face is very desirable.

Tancho Goshiki

Tancho Goshiki
Another rare Koi. It is hard to find one of these. The Tancho Goshiki is a red, white, grey and black Koi with grey shading. This is a fine example with a nearly perfect Maruten Spot.

Platinum Ogon

Platinum Ogon
The Platinum Ogon is a metallic white Koi. Most are bred with the Gin Rin scales to make them appear even more shiny. These are popular in poorly filtered ponds, since they stand out in murky water.


The Shusui it a scaleless Asagi. It has a baby blue color that fades to white when it gets older. There is a row of large scales that run along the top of the body from the back of the head to the tail fin. Shusuis are known for their deep and interesting red pattern of color.

Chagoi Utsuri

Chagoi Utsuri
This is a rare Koi with black and brown coloring. It is created by cross-breeding a Chagoi with a Utsuri colored Koi.

Jumbo Asagi

Jumbo Asagi
This Asagi is blue/grey in color with red covering the lower half of its body.

Aka Matsuba

The Aka Matsuba is a red Koi with grey shading in the scales.

Champion Showa

Chamipon Showa
This Showa took grand Champion in the 2006 Niigata Koi Breeder Show.

Koi swimming in a pond

Enjoy this video clip of a bunch of Koi swimming around in their nice Koi pond.

Friday, November 20, 2009

How To Make Koi Grow Faster

How long does it take a koi to be 12 inches? - Roderick

There are several factors that affect the speed of growth:
  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Feeding
Some Koi grow faster than others.

There really isn't anything that you can do for this. You can buy from a breeder that has shown fast growth in his fish for several generations and hope that your will have that gene too.

Koi grow faster in large ponds.

Mud Pond
The Japanese breeders grow out their tosai in huge three to five acre ponds that are very deep. These mud ponds are enormous compared to the little garden ponds that most people have. The average Koi person has a pond that is only a few thousand gallons. Not many people have the room or the budget for a large pond in their backyard.

Temperatures affect Koi growth.

Koi do their growing in the summer. The abundance of nutrition and the warmer temperatures accelerates their growth to its maximum potential.

The more you feed a Koi, the faster it will grow.

Koi need high protein food to maximize their growth. Feeding several times a day is a good idea to make your Koi grow faster (just don't overtax your filter system). You'll want to feed your Koi a high quality, high protein food. Just be careful not to over-feed your Koi. You can make your fishes fat and it will deform their body conformation.

In ideal conditions, it usually takes a couple years for them to get about 12 inches in length. If you have a small pond in live in a cold climate, it will take longer. If you have a large pond, feed a lot and you live in a warm climate, then it could take less time. Every Koi is different, some start out as slow growers and then speed up as they get older. Some start out as fast growers, and then slow down after a couple years of age.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to Draw A Koi Fish

Watch these video clips to lean how to draw a Koi fish. Chris Garver teaches all the fine points and details on drawing the fish.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How long can koi be out of water and survive?

They can be out of the water for about 15 minutes with minimal damage. The key factor in keeping them alive is if their gills stay moist, which allows them to breathe. If their gills dry up, they suffocate.

Koi are jumpy when they get in a new place. It is a good idea to keep the tank or the pond covered with a net. It is also a good idea to provide some cover for them to hide under.

Winterizing Koi

Are koi gonna die during the cold winter?

These are generally the requirements to overwinter your Koi outside during the wintertime:
  • A pond that is at least 4 feet deep
  • A de-icer or heater system to keep the ice open
  • A decent amount of aeration, so your Koi get a good amount of oxygen in the water
  • It's clean, no fallen leaves or fish waste to decompose at the bottom
  • It's not heavily stocked
If your pond meets these requirments, then your Koi fish will probably survive the winter. If you really don't want to leave them out for the winter, you can also build or buy and indoor tank for them to live in during the winter. Make sure it has adequate:
  • Room for you Koi
  • Aeration
  • Filtration
Pictured: A pond too small to winterize Koi in:

Head Shaking

What does it mean when a Koi shakes its head violently? -Daniel

It's listening to heavy metal music. Just kidding! Seriously, a Koi shakes its head when it is having health problems. Usually a parasitic infestation. The best thing to do is call a veterinarian so they can come out and take a scraping of the slime coat of the Koi to study under a microscope. Then they will be able to identify what parasite is causing the problems for your Koi. The vet will then prescribe the correct treatment, so you can get rid of the parasites and make your Koi healthy again. It's no fun to have a sick Koi.


The Haijiro Koi is a black fish with white fin tips.

Gin Rin Kohaku

The Gin Rin Kohaku is a white and red Koi with shiny scales.

Beni Utsuri

The Beni Utsuri is a red and black Koi. It is a cross between a Benigoi and a Hi Utsuri.

Ki Utsuri

Ki Utsuri

The Ki Utsuri is a black and yellow colored Koi fish.

Monday, November 16, 2009

How big do Koi get?

Jumbo Koi
Most Koi will usually grow to about 18 inches long. However, the special jumbo Koi can get up to 3 and a half feet long. These monsters usually weigh about 60 to seventy pounds and are very rare. Most people will never get to see a Koi that is that big.

Curved Fish Tank

Koi swimming around in a curved fish tank.

Koi Fish Acrylic Painting

Here is a painting of three butterfly Koi. The varieties are:
  • Kikusui
  • Kohaku
  • Hariwake

Life Span

What is the length span of a Koi fishes life? -Time

Most Koi live for 20 to 30 years. Some will live longer lives, some will live shorter lives.

The two largest factors that will affect their life span are:
  • Genetics
  • Environment
Usually Koi with good genes and a good blood line will live longer than a Koi that is inbred.

Environmental factors include:
  • Water Quality
  • Stress
  • Location
  • Predators
To keep the water clean, make sure you have a decent filter system. To provide a low stress environment, keep pets and children from disturbing the pond. Make sure your pond has some shade, Koi don't really like full sunshine. Predators will cut your Koi's lifespan short, keep them out of the pond.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tancho Kohaku

Tancho Kohaku
The Tancho Kohaku is a white Koi with a circular red pattern on its head.


The showa is a black, white and red Koi with a banded pattern.

Shiro Utsuri

Shiro Utsuri
The Shiro Utsuri is a black and white Koi with a nice banded pattern.

Doitsu Kujaku

The Doitsu Kujaku is a metallic red and white Koi with some grey shading.

Aka Haijiro

Aka Haijiro

The Aka Haijiro is an all red Koi with with fin tips.