Koi Types

THE Directory of Koi Varieties

 

Koi are a big part of Asian culture, but in the last few decades, the hobby of Koi keeping has spread across the world. Listed below are every original kind of Koi. Each variety usually has a Doitsu (scaless) version and a Gin Rin (sparkly) scaled version. These variations will be added as soon as we get a good photo. Click on each photo for a description of each variety.

 

Gosanke

These three are the most popular in Japan, the Kohaku, the Showa, and the Sanke.

 


Kohaku

Kohaku

Sanke Koi

Sanke

Showa

Showa

 

 

 

Bekko

The colored Koi with a black pattern..

 


Shiro Bekko

Shiro Bekko

Ki Bekko

Ki Bekko

Aka Bekko

Aka Bekko

 

Utsurimono

The black Koi with a colored pattern.


Shiro Utsuri

Shiro Utsuri

Ki Utsuri

Ki Utsuri

Hi Utsuri

Hi Utsuri

 

Asagi

The blue/grey Koi with a red pattern.


Asagi

Asagi

Shusui

Shusui

 

Tancho

The Koi with a pattern only on their Maruten spots.


Tancho Goromo

Tancho Goromo

Tancho Goshiki

Tancho Goshiki

Tancho Kohaku

Tancho Kohaku

Tancho Kujaku

Tancho Kujaku

Tancho Sanke

Tancho Sanke

 

Hikarimono

The metallic Koi with only one color for a pattern.


Nezu Ogon

Nezu Ogon

Orenji Ogon

Orenji Ogon

Platinum Ogon

Platinum Ogon

Yamabuki Ogon

Yamabuki Ogon

 

Goromo

The Koi that have black shading over their patterns.


Ai Goromo

Ai Goromo

Budo Goromo

Budo Goromo

Sumi Goromo

Sumi Goromo

Goshiki

Goshiki

 

Hikarimoyo

Koi that have metallic patterns.


Kin Showa

Kin Showa

Kujaku

Kujaku

Yamato Nishiki

Yamato Nishiki

Doitsu Hariwake

Doitsu Hariwake

Kikusui

Kikusui

 

Matsuba

These Koi have a grey shading pattern on their scales.


Shiro Matsuba

Shiro Matsuba

Aka Matsuba

Aka Matsuba

 

Kawarimono

These Koi don't fit into any other classification.


Ochiba Shigure

Ochiba Shigure

Kumonryu

Kumonryu

Beni Kumonryu

Beni Kumonryu

Benigoi

Benigoi

Karasugoi

Karasugoi

Haijiro

Haijiro

Aka Haijiro

Aka Haijiro

Chagoi

Chagoi

Kigoi

Kigoi

Midorigoi

Midorigoi

Soragoi

Soragoi

 

Where did all the Koi on this page come from?

Believe it or not, Koi are actually color-mutated food carp! Many years ago, the rice farmers needed
a source of protein during the long and harsh winters in Niigata. They would keep the carp in ponds
and grow them until they reached about 6 inches in size. Then the rice farmers would catch the food
carp and would salt them so they wouldn't go bad during the cold winter months. The farmers noticed
that some of the carp had different colors, so they kept these out and bred them together. Fast forward
a couple hundred years and now there is a vast array of colors! (Please Note: A common misconception
is that the rice farmers would put the carp in their rice paddies. This is untrue, for the carp would
have destroyed their crops! Consider the way Koi like to tear apart potted water gardening plants!)