Asagi are fully scaled, nonmetallic fish with a long history, but because they closely resemble Magoi (the wild black carp). Some hobbyists see them as unrefined, dull, and not proper koi at all. Certainly they are an acquired taste, far removed from the brilliantly tri colored modern Showa or the flashy koi grouped in Hikariutsuri. But their quiet elegance serves as a counterpart to their more exotic pond mates and they also have the potential to grow very large.
Asagi have a long, yet simple history. The Asagi Magoi, one of the three recognized types of Magoi, is said to be the forerunner of all modern koi breeds. About 160 years ago, two mutants koi types arose from this proto-koi, namely the Konjo and the Narumi Asagi. Although instrumental in the development of Matsuba koi, the dark Konjo Asagi were not seen as having any value, and were kept mostly for food stock. However, Narumi Asagi have gone on to become one half of a recognized judging variety - the other being their Doitsu counterparts, or Shusui.
The Bekko Koi Fish is usually a white fish with black markings. The Bekko has also been known to be red, or yellow with black markings. The white Bekko is known as the Shiro Bekko Koi, the yellow is known as the Aka Bekko, and the red is known as the Ki Bekko. The Japanese translation means “tortoise shell.” The Bekko is commonly mistaken for the Utsuri Koi Fish.
The Doitsu Koi Fish is a variation of the Sanke Koi. The Doitsu is a scale less version of the fish. Commonly the Doitsu is red, black and white. The Doitsu was created by cross breeding several types of German Carp.
The Gin Matsuba Koi Fish is a metallic looking fish. It is normally a silver or red hue. The Gin Matsuba is part of the Hikary family. The Japanese translation is “pine cone.”
The GinRin Kohaku Koi Fish is part of the Kohaku family. The GinRin is normally white with red shiny scales. The Japanese translation is silver (white metallic) and red.
The Goromo Koi Fish is very similar to the standard Kohaku Koi, except instead of having the standard red patches, the edges of the scales normally have a black or blue hue to them. The breed of fish is a hybrid of the Kohaku and the Asagi Koi Fish. The breed came about in the 1950s.
Kikokuryu are the metallic version of Kumonryu. Where the Kumonryu has muted, matte white and soft, deep black, the Kikokuryu has a metallic platinum-white and a glossy, lacquer-black.
Kikokuryu originated from a crossing of Kumonryu and Platinum Ogon brood stock.
What To Look For: Similar to Kumonryu, the pattern of any single Kikokuryu will change completely many times throughout it\'s lifespan. For this reason, body conformation and the quality of the colors themselves (but not the pattern) should be the first things considered when choosing a Kikokuryu.
Be aware that if you buy a Kikokuryu solely for the pattern that it displays at the time of purchase, it is likely to change to a completely different pattern within a few months, if not sooner.
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