Friday, April 15, 2011

Insight on White Koi Fish

Icon of Classic Elegance
Nothing embodies sublime beauty quite like the white koi. Revered for its purity of form and color, Platinum Ogon, as it is often called by fans, has become something of a "standard" for many koi ponds all over the world. This popularity is partly due to the fact that they are able to grow quickly and are surprisingly easy to see in murky water, poor filtered ponds. They contrast beautifully with many colors other koi varieties.
During the first day of breeding and cross pollination Koi in Japan, there was usually only one or two colors on hand so that Koi grow in popularity throughout the world, the size and diversity of colors and have gained greatly increased. Today there are an increasing number of colors and pattern combinations are available, ranging from red, black, white, green, blue and yellow.
To fully enjoy the different varieties of Koi fish, one must develop an understanding of the different classifications that each group. Each class has the standards to determine which group they belong, but in general, each group has a special degree of acceptable diversity.
White koi first appeared back in 1963, probably from cross Kigoi (lemon non-metal) with gray-silver (metal) Nezu Ogon.
After learning about koi varieties, it is interesting to note one point difference. Each race is usually a Doitsu (scale-less) version and a Gin Rin (exuberant) black scaled.
Most Platinum Ogon Gin Rin scales bred them appear shiny. Gin Rin scales have a pigmented reflective sheen that gives a shimmering effect like that of diamonds. To qualify as a Gin Rin, a koi at least 20 shells, which is the minimum acceptable requirements.
Ogon Koi refers to a solid color. While known colors are red, orange, platinum, yellow and cream, the two most popular colors are Platinum Ogon (white) and Yamabuki Ogon (yellow). Ogon is a desirable feature of large fins, because they compensate for a color body. The color of Ogon must be consistent in the whole body of the fish.
Another interesting point is that since most of the pigment of the fish on top of the fish, the light is able to reflect their backs, their bright and beautiful color combinations to highlight. For this reason, Koi generally best seen from above, as in a pond.
Although all are classified as koi Cyprinus Carpio, selective breeding and crossing has resulted in many variations of koi, each based on different levels of TIE Scala, color and pattern.
As a preliminary guide for beginners Koi enthusiasts, it might be useful to a few words of Japanese Koi vocabulary to the efforts to understand Koi Classification little less daunting to make. An example of how this Japanese terminology works is shown in the following sample types:
Aka Bekko - a red koi with black spots Shiro Bekko - A white koi with black spots Ki Bekko - a yellow (ki) Koi with black spots Doitsu Bekko - This is a smaller scale version of the above
Terminology for Japanese Koi Classification: ai Indigo color aka red - only the base color of the fish Bekko Solid base (aka, or Shiro ki) with black spots (sumi) Beni dark red Budo Grape color cha tan Doitsu German carp - or shell-less called the Leather carp or a large line of scales along the lateral and dorsal lines are called mirror carp gin silver (white metal) Ginrin pearl silver reflective scales hi red - only the colored spots of fish Hikari shiny Karasu old black on black koi - means "Crow" in Japanese - jet black body and black fins - can be markings on the belly ki Yellow - only the base color of the fish kin gold (yellow metal) kinrin Pearl Gold reflective scales kuchibeni lipstick Matsuba grankogle or net effect pattern scales Midori green color monotype Moyo type pattern Muji one color Nezu gray color Orange ORENJi rin shiny Scale Shiro Black - only the base color of the fish sumi black - which covered only the colored dots of fish Tancho a strong red stain on the head only ai Indigo color aka red - only the base color of the fish

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