Your water garden is a treasured space of fish and plants. If you are a beginner
in the fish world, it is important that you know a bit about the fish that you
are purchasing for your water garden for a successful pond. Here we are going to
talk a bit about the different appearances of the Koi and about the Koi fish in
At one time in history, Koi were believed to be a very dull and uninteresting
fish. Over time, the Koi have developed genetically into a great number of
colorful and spectacular species. The Koi is part of the carp family and within
this the number of types of Koi vary. Koi have been bred with some very
interesting fish that have created their new looks and colors.
If you are purchasing very young Koi keeping them in a small aquarium for a few
months until they have grown a bit and can be kept easily in the pond will save
you from purchasing additional Koi later. Young Koi needs a well-filtered
environment to grow healthy and strong. You will notice when the Koi are growing
they will look similar to other fish, but as they grow their colors become more
vibrant and their bodies change.
Some of the major categories of Koi have the following characteristics:
The Tancho koi has just a simple red mark on the top of its head. There are
three types of the Tancho, which are Kohaku, the Sanke and the Showa Koi.
The Koromo koi are a white looking fish with a red pattern over their body with
even darker spots over their skin.
The Bekko koi are a red or yellow fish with black and sometimes white markings
over the body.
The Asagi Koi has a unique coloring with a blue body and then red spots over
portions of their head, fins, and body. Sometimes the blue is so light colored
that it appears to be a gray color.
The Show Sanshoku Koi are a black colored Koi that will have red or white,
sometimes mixed markings over their body.
The water garden is a place where you can enjoy the fish, creating a space where
you are giving back to nature. Choosing the fish that fit your water garden
dreams will be easy once you have a picture in your mind about what you want
your water garden to be like!