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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



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



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

Today lets talk about some beautiful Koi that have similar markings and patterns of a couple of the most recognized and prized Koi varieties… The Kujaku Koi! Kujaku have a solid white base with the reticulated ‘net-like’ black pattern of the Asagi down it’s back. Black edging on each individual scale create this net pattern.

Such a beautiful Koi! You pronounce Kujaku – ‘coo-jah-coo’.

The net pattern on their back is overlaid with a Kohaku type pattern of gold, yellow, orange or red. They are a strikingly beautiful Koi!

These Koi were created by crossing a Goshiki with Hikari Muji Koi. Their full name is Kujaku Ogon – translated to English it means Peacock ie; Peacock Koi.

There are several variations of Kujaku Koi – Doitsu Kujaku, Tancho Kujaku & Maruten Kujaku.

I hope you enjoy reading & learning about Koi as much as I do! 🙂

Have a GREAT Day!

PS: 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



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

Today lets talk about a ‘Super Star’ of the Koi world…

The Tancho Kohaku

Tancho is a very popular – ‘Super Star’ variation of a Kohaku, Arguably the most popular Koi of the ‘Big 3’. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The red (Hi) “Dot” pattern  that you see is the only marking on a Tancho Kohaku. The exact placement and symmetry of this Tancho mark determines the show quality of the individual fish. The Tancho is a very symbolic marking as it represents the white background with the red sun  in the Japanese flag. It also resembles the marking on the Japanese Red Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis).

The red-crowned crane, also called the Japanese crane or Manchurian crane, is a large East Asian crane and is among the rarest cranes in the world. It is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity.

There are other varieties of the Tancho Koi other than the Tancho Kohaku. They include the Tancho Showa, the Tancho Sumi and the Tancho Sanke.

These are rare Koi & VERY expensive! WHY you ask? This variety can’t be bred reliably… But, they are normally the offspring of two Tancho or Kohaku adults. The chances of getting a good Tancho out of a hatch is slim.  The standards are very high to be classified the perfect Tancho. That’s why I called them ‘Super Stars’ of the Koi world! 🙂

Happy Pondering!

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



Come visit the ‘Koi Shack’!
June 2, 2009, 7:36 am
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Come Visit The Koi Shack

We have been offering Healthy, Select Quality Koi here at the Nursery for years. This commitment to Quality Koi has really driven our business and we have grown! I want you all to come in and see the new
“Koi Shack” that we have developed. We have added lots of new Koi Tanks and have started carrying a line of Elite and Premium Quality Koi. These Koi are Healthy and Beautiful! Come on in and look around, ask for Jo, Ann or George ‘The Koi Guy’ , they can answer questions and help you with your existing Pond Fish or help you pick out the “Perfect Koi” for your Pond at home.