There are a selection of different types of koi fish. Each type has its very own distinct pigmentation as well as patterns. The kind of koi fish that you decide to purchase will depend on your preference as well as choices. Some are much more preferred than others. Some are harder to maintain than others. No matter your choice, it is important to comprehend the distinctions and also the importance of choosing the ideal fish for your garden. Among the most preferred koi varieties, Kohaku show a strong white base with red (or “hi”) patterning. Ideally, top quality Kohaku need to have no yellow areas or spots, and also the reds should be dense, deep, as well as vibrant. One more of the most prominent koi selections, these tri-colored koi display variable black or “sumi” markings superimposed on red-and-white pigmentation similar to that of Kohaku. Elegance can be located through a huge hi pattern with a smaller sized sumi pattern in between, in addition to a couple of sumi red stripes on the tail or fins. Additionally known as “turtle covering koi,” Utsuri koi include a black body with various other colors laced in, such as red, white, or yellow/gold. These fish are popular among koi fanatics, as well as numerous caretakers reward them for their beautiful patterns and general appearance. While these fish are typically puzzled with Utsuri, the main difference between them is that Bekko have no black sumi anywhere on their head while Utsuri have black sumi that stumbles upon their bodies. Bekko can additionally have a red or yellow base, and also are in some cases even marketed as Showa. These shimmering, distinctively tinted koi were produced by crossbreeding Japanese Asagi as well as German Doitsugoi (or “mirror carp”) types of koi. These koi can be white or blue with red and also gold markings along their side lines, as well as various other shades along the sides of their body. Making use of the Japanese word tancho, which means “red”, these koi have a single red spot on their heads that is similar to the flag of Japan. They are a really rare type, however can be found in both Gin Rin and also Doitsu varieties. Recognized for their unique pigmentation, Kin Gin Rin koi display a net pattern in addition to a strong white base with dashes of red, yellow and orange highlighted by the black edging on each specific range. These koi are specifically striking in Doitsu and also Tancho ranges, but can also be found in some Gin Rin and Maruten variants. Although Tancho koi are very popular, they can be challenging to keep. This is due to the fact that they have a very certain shade combination, which can be difficult to replicate, and also it’s difficult to figure out which koi are actually Tancho and which ones aren’t. The very best method to establish which koi you have is to see them face to face. You can also ask an educated koi expert for suggestions before making your decision on which selection is best for you.