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Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Lets talk about a variation of the Koi we looked at last week. Last week we talked about the Asagi Koi. Today lets talk about the Shusui Koi – Shusui are the scaleless (Doitsu) version of the Asagi.

In Japanese Shusui means “Autumn Water”. Shusui are the scaleless version of an Asagi.

At first sight, you might say they have little in common with the Asagi Koi. The normal blue net pattern is replaced by a row of scales along the dorsal line (top of the back). But the Shusui is actually bred by crossing an Asagi with a German mirror carp. This was first done in 1910 by Yoshigoro Akiyama, resulting in the Shusui – the very first Doitsu scaled Koi variation!

Like the Asagi, the belly, gill plates, side and fins of the Shusui should have an orange or red pattern – Preferably red.

I hope this little “Koi Fix” satisfies you a bit and helps you get through the week 😊

 

Happy Pondering!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Hump Day Koi Fix – Spotlight on an Old Breed! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today I want to talk about one of the oldest breeds of Koi – the Asagi

Asagi is one of the oldest breeds of Koi and is said to be the forerunner of all modern Koi breeds.

Asagi are a scaled, non-metallic Koi that aren’t as flashy as the modern tri-colored varieties of Koi,  but are still a very elegant fish of importance in the Koi world. Their history goes back over 160 years and you almost always see an Asagi Koi in a Koi Pond wherever you go. They are gentle and friendly and can get rather large (30+” in length). Their Blue net like pattern is complimented by orange or red on the belly, fins, Gill plates & body. Show quality Asagi have a red pattern that doesn’t extend above the lateral line.

If you have a Koi Pond, there’s a good chance you have an Asagi in your collection of fish 😊

Enjoy your day! Enjoy your Koi! And…

Happy Pondering! 😊

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com