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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
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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