hi utsuri butterfly koi

hi utsuri butterfly koi

A red Utsuri butterfly koi fish is called Hi Utsuri butterfly koi, white type is called Shiro Utsuri butterfly koi, and the yellow is ki utsuri butterfly koi fish

Hi Utsuri butterfly koi, a member of the Utsurimono family, are koi with a black body and areas of red or orange pattern overlaying the black. While a dark, vibrant

Hi Utsuri butterfly koi Coloration and Characteristics
The Hi Utsuri butterfly koi is a black fish with red (hi) coloration, similar to a Showa Sanshoku without the white. Like the Showa a high quality Hi Utsuri butterfly koi will have black facial markings like the menware or lightning pattern across the head, and will have an attractively balanced combination of sumi (black) and hi (red) across the body of the fish. The pectoral fins can be all black or a mixture of black and red.


Traditionally the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi lacked both in overall size and length and in color when compared to Gosanke (Kohaku, Sanke & Showa); however, more recently breeders have begun to cross Hi Utsuri butterfly koi with both Kohaku and Magoi in order to improve the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi. Crossings with Kohaku has greatly improved the red (hi) of the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi, where it is more of a scarlet red and less of a reddish-orange color of past generations. Additionally, the reintroduction of some classic Magoi genes (black koi) back into the line has helped to both increases the girth and length of the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi without sacrificing body shape or quality of the color pattern.


The following traits are essential for quality Hi Utsuri butterfly koi specimens:
The black base coloration of the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi should be as close to lacquer-black as possible and should have smooth edges where the black and red colors meet. Small black dots or blotches where the colors meet is a flaw for this variety.


The foundation of an Utsuri is the sumi (black), thus it needs to a solid dark black color and be well balanced across the entire body and face of the fish. Black on the face of the fish covering the eyes or the mouth, in a v-shape pattern or a menware lightning pattern is essentially a requirement for a high quality Hi Utsuri butterfly koi


While Hi Utsuri butterfly koi can be either orange/black or red/black, the redder the hi the better. Modern Hi Utsuri butterfly koi who exhibit a more scarlet red color are often referred to as Super Red or Red Hi Hi Utsuri butterfly koi, despite the fact that hi means red in Japanese which would imply all Hi Utsuri butterfly koi are red.


The base of the pectoral fins of a Hi Utsuri butterfly koi should be black with the rest of the fin being red. This black base area of pectoral fins is known as ‘motoguro‘, with the more defined and confined to the base it is, the better. All black pectoral fins or pectoral fins that are almost all black are fine as well.


The overall balance of hi (red) with sumi (black) should be either balanced or favor the sumi, as the Hi Utsuri butterfly koi is a black based fish and should have hi that accentuates the deep, lacquer black base coloration of the fish.

What is Utsuri?

Utsuri is another very popular koi fish for Japanese koi ponds and water gardens. … Menware is the term referring to a band of sumi which divides the face or head pattern on the koi. The pectoral fins of Hi Utsuri and Ki Utsuri do not show Motoguro in the pectoral joints, instead, they are striped with sumi.

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Author: Giovanni Carlo

I am a koi fish keeper and breeder a husband of beautiful wife Maybel and beautiful daughter May Carl I have been in fish keeping hobby for over 35 years. Like many kids in the 80's We catch fish in the rivers and canals and kept it in the "pasong" local visayan name for pond. or a large mayo bottle since We don't have aquariums yet on that time. decades later their is a small petshop open in my place and that starts me from buying aquarium and fishes that are sold in the pet store decades later start growing goldfish and koi fish until today.

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