Types of Koi: The 22 Main Types of Koi Carp 0 27842

There is a huge range of different types of koi carp, available in an almost limitless variety of colors! There are 22 main recognized varieties of koi upon which hybrid strains and variations are based, and new varieties are being developed all the time.

In this article, we will introduce you to the 22 main varieties of ornamental koi carp.

The 22 Main Types of Koi Carp

Kohaku, meaning ?red and white,? the first ornamental Koi variety to be developed.

Taisho Sanke, which is similar to the Kohaku, but also has small black markings.

Showa Sanke, a black Koi with red and white markings.

Tancho, a Koi variety with a single red patch on the head.

Chagoi, meaning ?color of tea,? which can range from olive color to brown, bronze or copper. This variety is considered to be one of the?friendliest Koi varieties.

Asagi Koi has a light blue color on the top, with red on the bottom half, or sometimes cream or yellow.

Utsurimono Koi are mainly black, with red, yellow or white markings in a zebra pattern.

Bekko Koi are white, red or yellow, with black tortoiseshell markings.

Goshiki is dark colored with a red pattern, similar to the Asagi.

Shusui Koi have one large line of mirror scales, with a greenish coloration and sometimes, points of color on the cheeks and lateral line.

Kinginrin Koi have a glittering, metallic appearance, and are often golden or silver in appearance.

Kawarimono is the term used to describe Koi that do not easily fit into any other specific category of Koi.

Ogon is a Koi that is metallic in color, and only one shade.

Kumonryu, which translates as ?nine tattooed dragons,? is black with a curling white pattern. They are apt to change color with the changing seasons!

Types of koi carp

Ochiba is a light grey or blue Koi, with a brown, yellow or copper pattern.

Koromo is white, with blue or black-edged scales.

Hikari-moyomono is a Koi that consists of two different metallic colors, or that has colored markings over a metallic base color.

Kikokuryu means ?sparkle,? and is the metallic version of the Kumonryu.

Kin-Kikokuryu means ?gold sparkle black dragon,? and is a developed version of the Kumonryu pattern, with at least six different possible variations.

Ghost Koi are actually a hybrid fish, of wild metallic-scaled carp and Ogon Koi. There is some debate among Koi keepers as to whether or not this fish constitutes a true Koi carp.

Butterfly Koi is another hybrid, of the Koi and the Asian carp. It has very long, flowing fins and again, is not always considered to be a true Koi carp.

Doitsu-goi is a cross-bred fish that is a variation of the standard Doitsu pattern, available in various different strains.

New koi varieties are being developed all the time, both by professional breeders, and enthusiastic hobbyists! However, all koi strains are considered to be based on one or more of the 22 main categories listed above. For more detail on these varieties, see the Wikipedia article on koi carp.

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 1425

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 1959

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.