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Hump Day “Koi Fix” – The Kumonryu | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The Kumonryu Koi –

Kumonryu are Doitsu (scaleless) koi that have patterns of jet black (sumi) against a white background. The fascinating thing is, their sumi patterns are unstable and move and change with the changing of the seasons! Their sumi can even totally disappear leaving a solid white fish… Or flow together creating a solid black Koi. Good News – IF you don’t like the pattern, just wait a while, it will change 😉

Kumonryu means ‘Nine Crested Dragon’. That’s why they are called the ‘Flying Dragoon Koi’.

The Kumonryu legend tells of a dragon (ryu) that transforms into a cloud and races through the sky. One of the many things that makes this a popular, very rare Koi!

Reading about this breed I found out that the Kumonryu was developed by breeding a Shusui with a Matsukawa Bakke.

I hope you enjoy these little tidbits of info about our favorite ‘Finned Friends’ – The Koi

Happy Pondering! 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Halloween Hump Day Koi Fix – The Ghost Koi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What a perfect day to discuss the scariest of all Koi – The Ghost Koi!

The Ghost koi has gained some popularity in the last few years, but many “Koi people” still do not recognize them as a true koi! – they are refereed to as Ghost carp instead.

The “Ghost Koi” is a product of breeding a mirror carp with a metallic Ogon Koi. For this reason many Koi purists don’t consider them a true “Koi”…

They are very hardy fish and much less susceptible to diseases. They also grow extremely fast! Both of these traits make them a great first Koi!

Ghost Koi don’t have a lot of markings like other Koi so their beauty comes from their shining metallic scales! Their colors can vary from dark to cream to silver and even golden. The head is generally creamy and the body colors will widely vary depending on the parents color.

I guess what I’m saying is, even though they have a scary name, & the fact that it is Halloween – Don’t be wary of the Ghost Koi! They are really pretty cool 🙂

Enjoy your Koi! AND – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Hump Day “Koi Fix” – The Soragoi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

One of the friendliest Koi in your Pond will be the Soragoi. The Soragoi are a grey or silver color combined with a subtle net pattern.

Soragoi are very docile & friendly and will be among the first koi in your pond to learn to eat from your hand.

Soragoi are very similar to Chagoi in their look and mannerisms. The two are bred together to create the Ochiba Shigure, a two colored Koi.

The Ochiba Shigure is the offspring of breeding a Chagoi and Soragoi Koi.

Soragoi means – Sky Carp.

Variations of Soragoi include the Gin Rin Soragoi and the Doitsu Soragoi.

The Soragoi may not be the most colorful or flashy fish in your Pond, but it’s probably the first one to greet you and is always great with other Koi. They can get rather large too 😊

Thanks for reading!

Remember- Enjoy Your Koi!

 

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



Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Koi! Wednesday’s blog is always about Koi too! It’s for people (like myself 🙂) that Love ❤️ their Ponds & Love ❤️ their Koi😍 Today, is no different ☺️ Today is all about Koi!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Your welcome to come by and join me. Have a great week! Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY night is the Moonlight Pond Tour! #moonlightpondtour

I Have a great batch of Koi that I have been feeding and monitoring for a  few weeks that are ready for sale! Happy & Healthy! Come by and get you a few

PS: #ilovekoi

PSS: #moonlightpondtour

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



Kikokuryu – Your Hump Day “Koi Fix” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The Kikokuryu Koi is a scaleless koi (doitsu), with a white base color with black markings along the single row of scales down it’s back. The black markings are also on the head, prominently around the eyes and nose of the Koi.

The Kikokuryu is a metallic black and white Koi developed from crossing Kumonryu and Doitsu platinum Ogon.

Commonly called ‘Kiko’s’, the colors of a young Kikokuryu can range from black and white with blue and silver mixed in too. But the colors tend to darken with age and even in the cooler water in Fall & Winter. This changing, maturing color is a trait they got from their Kumonryu cousins.

A very interesting, beautiful Koi, the Kikokuryu is a favorite of mine as well as many others in the hobby.

Thanks to all! 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



Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix – The Showa Sanshoku | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Well I am still talking about the ‘Gosanke’ – The Big 3. In the Koi world these 3 are the most popular – Kohaku, Sanke & Showa. We have covered the first 2 (Kohaku & Sanke) today lets talk about the Showa Sanshoku, aka: Showa!

Showa Koi have white & red/orange patterns over a black base. Sometimes confused with Sanke, Showa are an incredibly beautiful& popular Koi.

The Showa is bred by crossing a Kohaku with a Shiro Utsuri. They were first produced in 1927 & were named for the Emperor of Japan at the time. The Showa is a three (3) colored Koi – Black base with red and white markings. The markings on the Showa are more striped or banded (more like the Utsuri) as opposed to the Sanke which are spots or patches, more like a classic Kohaku. Showa also have sumi markings on their heads where a Sanke does not. The colors should be well balanced about the body with clean edges between colors.

Variations of Showa include Tancho Showa, Maruten Showa, Gin Rin Showa, Doitsu Showa and Kin Showa.

Have a GREAT Day! And Remember, always – “Enjoy your Koi” 🙂 

 

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 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Last week I talked about the Kohaku because I had customers looking for some and we got to talking and looking until we found one he liked. As you know the Kohaku is one of the “Big Three” of the Koi world – The Gosanke – Kohaku, Sanke & Showa.

I have covered them before and broke each down in that article, but I think that each one of the Big 3 needs their own Blog! So today We’re talking about the 2nd. of the Big 3 – The Sanke!

In the early 1900’s, a new variety of Koi was developed by the addition of sumi (black) markings to the basic Kohaku patterns of red and white. This new variety was named Taisho Sanke and is usually referred to as simply ‘Sanke’.

Originally known as Taisho Sanke or Taisho Sanshoku they are commonly called Sanke by most in the hobby. Sanke Koi are one of the most popular and rightly so. They are beautiful, graceful fish & have been in the forefront since their introduction. The word ‘Sanke’ means ‘Tri Color’ in Japanese, signifying their three colors – White (Shiro) the base color, Red (Hi) the main overlaid pattern & Black (Sumi) the 3rd. accent color pattern. They say a show quality Sanke starts with an outstanding Kohaku pattern with beautiful black (sumi) accents that compliment the Koi. Some variations of Sanke include – Doitsu Sanke, Maruten Sanke, Tancho Sanke and Gin Rin Sanke.

Remember- 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