A Karashigoi koi is a yellowish or mustard color looking Koi. It very much looks like a Chagoi, but is more yellowish. It is mono or single-colored. It looks light yellowish or can be a bit darker yellowish. The colors really can differ for each Karashigoi.
There are a few types of karashigoi. The Doitsu Karashigoi is scaleless or just has a few scales visible. The Ginrin Karashigoi has shiny diamonds visible on each scale. A normal Karashigoi can also be called the wagoi karashigoi.
The karashigoi is really a peaceful variety. They really calm down all the other Koi in your pond. It’s easy to hand-feed them and all other Koi most likely will start to follow them. If you want your Koi to be tame, the Karashigoi really is a great variety to look for. Together with Chagoi the Karashigoi is the most popular variety to get your own Koi more tame and calm.
Karashigoi is also known for its growth rate. They can grow very, very rapidly. As Tosai in their first year during the summer they can grow like 1 cm a week. So that can be really impressive!
How To Choose A good Karashigoi koi
Now when we talk about the selection process. There are a few things to keep in mind:
- I prefer a Karashigoi that is as light as possible. Really really light yellow. Sometimes that yellow will become more intense when the Koi gets more sunlight.
- You want to make sure the intensity of the color is the same over the entire Koi. Not that some parts are deeper yellow.
- You don’t want darker yellow spots or orange-looking spots on the Koi.
A Karashigoi normally won’t have black sumi’s or black spots. So that is something interesting.
- I prefer to not have ginrin scales visible like ‘right in your face. It is preferable these are not that visible. Or only visible near the dorsal fin, where almost every Koi has a few ginrin scales visible.
- The scales should be nice places, especially on the back of the Koi. This is the first thing you will see when it swims toward you.
Karashigoi koi people also ask
What is a Karashigoi koi?
Lovely fish. Karashigoi translated means Mustard Koi, Just order one from Konishi via a dealer and you will know you have a genuine fish
Karashigoi vs Yamabuki
The difference between a Yamabuki Ogon and a Kigoi is that the Yamabuki, as Brad explained, has a metallic sheen over the entire body. The Kigoi and Karashigoi are monochromatic, meaning no shine, single colored koi along with Chagoi and Soragoi. Technically there is only “one” type of Kigoi. It has “red eyes”
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