article: Koi Classifications
You are heading off the fish breeder to find a few fish for your new water
garden, are you buying Koi or Koi Carp fish? How are you going to tell the
difference – that is what we are going to tackle in this article. The Koi fish
is actually called Nishikigoi, but Koi for short sounds much easier to
pronounce. The words Koi has changed over the years to become the Koi Carp.
The words the Koi Carp are really not a proper name for the Koi fish and many
people are using the names improperly. Calling the Koi a Koi Carp is really
being redundant as the Koi is a Carp fish. You would try calling a Nishikigoi
fish a Nishikigoi Koi fish, so you get what I mean, you should only be saying
Koi fish or a Nishikigoi fish in order to sound like you know what you are
saying when talking to a fish breeder.
If you want to have a classic Koi in the water garden, the purest of all Koi,
you will need to focus your attention on your water garden, the environment that
your fish will live in and the plants that are available for the Koi to eat.
Sometimes your best bet can also be the eliminating the plants in your water
garden and feeding your Koi, fish food in order to keep disease, pests, and
other problems at bay away from your pedigree fish.
Do you want to raise Koi to display and for fish competition? The color of your
fish, the markings, the scales, and how the fish ‘swim’ or ‘move’ are all
considerations when choosing fish for your water garden. The pedigree fish for
your water garden will have to be maintained in a manner that will exemplify
exactly what the purest of Koi breeds represent.
In discussing the colors of the Koi, competition, and the pedigree fish, there
are a few words that you will also need to know in order to discuss Koi colors
with breeders. The word Hi is the color red, and the Sumi, is the color black
for the Koi fish. Looking at the Koi that you want to purchase from a breeder,
you will want to discuss fish that are more in line with the Hi than the Sumi,
because the first Koi were not found in the colors of black, but red was one of
the purest Koi colors that you will want.
The scales are another topic that is discussed when raising Koi that are for
competition. Scales can either be complete over the body of the fish, meaning
the fish has a very metallic look, or the scales, the metallic look can be
completely absent from the look of the body. The scales that are very small
where you can see the skin of the body is a type of fish that are often looked
for in the purest of the Koi breeds as well.