Koi Food

Terminology

(Click the name of the fish for details.)

We thank Taro Kodama of Kodama Koi Farm for his assistance and pictures

Kohaku

(koh-hah-koo)

White koi with bold red patches. The most popular variety of koi.

Sanke

(sahn-keh)

A three colored fish. It is basically a Kohaku with added black markings.

Showa

(shoh-wah)

A three colored fish. The dominant color is black. This variety is referred to as a black fish with red and white markings.

Utsuri

(oot-soo-ree)

A black fish with white, red, or yellow markings.

Bekko

(beh-koh)

Tortoise-shell pattern; Shiro Bekko (white with black markings), Aka Bekko (red with black markings), Ki-Bekko (yellow with black markings).

Tancho

(tahn-choh)

Distinquished by a red (hi) circle on the head.

Koromo

(koh-roh-moh)

Similar to the Kohaku, but has a reticulated (net) pattern over the red areas that can be indigo (ai), purple (budo), or black (sumi).

Asagi

(ah-sah-gee)

A red pattern on an Asagi background. The background can either be light gray, dark gray, or black.

Goshiki

(goh-shee-kee)

A red pattern on an Asagi background. The background can either be light gray, dark gray, or black.

Shusui

(shoo-swee)

A Doitsu (German scaled) version of the Asagi with prominent light blue with red (hi) markings usually on the sides of the body and side of head.

Doitzu

(doyt- zoo)

Description of any scaleless koi; also termed as German Scale.

Benigoi

(ben-ee-goi)

Non-metallic solid color red koi.

Soragoi

(soh-ah-goi)

Non-metallic solid gray koi.

Kin Ginrin

(keen-geen-deen)

a koi with "diamond" (silver or gold-colored sparkling) scales. Also referred to as Gin Rin (geen deen).

Ogon

(oh-gahn)

A solid metallic yellow /gold colored koi. Ogon means gold. They are the basis for breeding many varieties.

Kumonryu

(koo-mahn-doo)

A black and white scaleless (Doitsu) koi in which the pattern can change throughout the year.

Chagoi

(chah-goi)

Non-metallic solid brown, tan (tea colored) or olive green. These fish grow quite large and are generally the friendliest fish in the pond.