kawarimono koi

Koi not included in the fifteen other varieties are grouped as “Kawarimono.” They are “Karasu-goi (crow carp, with coal black body),” “Hajiro (literally ‘white

‘Kawarigoi’ or ‘Kawarimono’ is the term applied to a koi that can not be classified into any of the standard koi types. Since this is a ‘catch-all’ category

Kawarimono is a broad classification used for a wide variety of non metallic Koi that don’t fit into other classes. Some examples are breeds of their own

This diverse grouping encompasses all nonmetallic koi (“Kawari”) that are not included in other categories, although most are named and recognized varieties in their own right.

Among the most popular are single-colored koi of various colors, which can provide a striking contrast to patterned koi in a pond.

This category also includes koi that are predominantly black in color; these are considered to be the koi most closely related to the ancestral Magoi


In addition to koi with standard matt coloration, Kawarimono includes partially scaled (“Doitsu”)and shiny-scaled (“Gin Rin”) varieties.

Rarities—unique koi that do not fit into other groups and whose parentage may be
unknown—also feature in this group.

There is some variation between the koi considered to be Kawarimono in Japan and the standards elsewhere in the world.

Kumonryu Koi This partially scaled (“Doitsu”) koi has variable black-and-white coloration, which can alter with age.

kumonryu koi

Hageshiro Koi Black coloration predominates on the body of this koi, which has a
contrasting white head and pectoral fins.

Hageshiro koi

Chagoi Koi A variable brownish hue is evident on the body of these broadbodied koi, which readily become tame.

chagoi koi

Doitsu Kujaku koi fish Nonmetallic forms of the Doitsu Kujaku , such as this individual, are fairly unusual.

Doitsu Kujaku koi fish

Beni Kumonryu koi fish This “Doitsu” koi has a black-and-white body and head with orange-red (or “beni”) patterning.

beni kumonryu koi fish

Gin Rin Matsukawabake koi fish The black-andwhite patterning of this variety changes
depending on the water temperature.

Gin Rin Matsukawabake koi fish

Gin Rin Ochiba Shigure A newer variety, this striking koi has reflective scales (“Gin Rin”) that give it a sparkling appearance.

Gin Rin Ochiba Shigure koi fish

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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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