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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



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

I had a conversation with a young man yesterday that has been bitten by the Koi bug! 😊 I told him about my blog and he said he was going to look it up. So, here’s a repost from a Blog from last year – it’s all about the history of our modern day Koi. Enjoy 😉

– We have been looking at LOTS of different variants of Koi. Today I want to look at some of the bascic history behind our modern day Koi. Where did they come from? How long have they been around? Etc…

The modern day “Koi” fish has been traced to the species – Cyprinus rubrofuscus –
The word ‘Koi’ comes from The Japanese word for carp.

Basically a ‘Koi’, aka: nishikigoi are colorful varieties of the Amur Carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus). Carp are native to central Europe and Asia. They were bred as a food fish for many, many years (at least as far back as the fifth century BC in China). They are very hardy and survive in many/most climates and thrive even in poor water quality conditions. Natural color variances & mutations were noted and inspired selective breeding for color over a thousand years ago in China.

The Amur carp were first bred for color in Japan in the early 1800’s (just a little over 200 years ago) in Niigata Prefecture.
The Koi that were developed there weren’t shared with the rest of the world until 1914 in Tokyo Japan at an open exhibition. From there the love of Koi in Japan went viral! Now it’s the world over! I’m personally “KOI CRAZY” 🙂

 

Today the most popular Koi are the Gosanke ( Kohaku, Sanke & Showa).

The Kohaku is #1! Kohaku is a variety of ornamental koi. The Kohaku has a white body, with red markings, or ‘hi’, across the body. The Kohaku is one of the gosanke; the ‘Big Three’, consisting of Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa.

Cool Fact – In Japanese the word Koi is a homophone for another word that means affection and love… Koi are literally symbols of love and friendship! 🙂

So there’s a little history on our favorite ‘Finned Friend” the KOI! Enjoy your day and 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

 

 



Koi – The Three Most Popular Varieties | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have been fostering and collecting Koi fish for decades now. I really LOVE these fish. They are truly special creatures. I sell Koi at my business – Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio & we take time to make sure they are healthy, happy & well fed.

I also try to learn more about Koi every chance I get! Seminars, shows, wet labs, you name it – I want to go 🙂 So with education in mind I want to share some basic information on Koi with you. I want to make Wednesdays ‘Koi Day’ on my blog here! Today I want to introduce you to the 3 most popular varieties of Koi – The ‘Big Three’ if you will – aka: The Gosanke’.

 

Kohaku is a variety of ornamental koi. The Kohaku has a white body, with red markings, or ‘hi’, across the body. The Kohaku is one of the gosanke; the ‘Big Three’, consisting of Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa.

#1 –  Kohaku

Kohaku is the oldest and probably the most well known of Koi varieties, A Kohaku has a solid white base with red patterns overlaid on the white. Elite, high quality Kohaku will display a bright white base, blemish free with deep red tones overlaid. The patterns should be evenly distributed along the body. There are many variations of the Kohaku, to include – Doitsu Kohaku, Gin Rin Kohaku, Maruten Kohaku & Tancho Kohaku.

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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.

#2 – Taisho Sanke

Sanke for short, have a solid white (Shiro) base that is overlaid with both red (Hi) & black (sumi) patterns. They say the best Sanke start with a solid Kohaku pattern – the black (Sumi) compliments the pattern. There are of course several variations of Sanke – Doitsu Sanke, Maruten Sanke, Tancho Sanke & Gin Rin Sanke.

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Showa is a variety of ornamental koi. The Showa is also known as the Showa Sanshoku. The Showa has a black body, with red and white markings across the body. The Showa is one of the gosanke; the ‘Big Three’, consisting of Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa.

#3 – Showa Sanshoku 

Showa for short, have a black (Karasu) base color, with white (Shiro), red (Hi) &/or orange (Orenji) overlaid patterns. Showa & Sanke are easily confused… On a Showa the black (Karasu) will be consistant all the way around the body instead of just appearing on the top half only. A Showa will also have black patterns on the head and a Sanke won’t. The colors should be consistent and balanced around the body with clean edges between colors. There are many variations of Showa – Tancho Showa, Maruten Showa, Gin Rin Showa, Doitsu Showa & Kin Showa.

Well there you have it – The Gosanke’ Koi varieties 101 🙂 Until next Wednesday –

On to Spring!

Happy Pondering!

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