A golden koi is defined as “Ogon”
It was bred by Mr. Sawata Aoki and his on in 1946. First he found a koi with golden lines on the back and made it a parent.
He chose the best golden koi one generation after another. In the fourth or the fith generation a Kin Kabuto golden headed koi and a Sakin gold dust koi were breed.
Mating them with a female Shiro-Fuji (White Mt. Fuji) a golden koi was finally bred. Being hybridized with other species, the Ogon is an Origin of many kinds of the Hikarimono.
Sawata Aoki, a Niigata peasant.In 1921, Mr. Sawata was walking along a mountain path toward the river, carrying his lunch, when he met up with a boy who had caught a carp with golden scales on its flanks.
Sawata was so deeply impressed that he bought the fish at the first price asked.
He spawned the fish and selected from the offspring the ones with the most golden color.
After four or five generations, he had produced ones with golden heads, silvery heads, and other varieties.
He purchased more breeding stock until he became too poor.He wanted a new breed known as gin-fuji, but the price was 60 yen, the cost of a large bag of rice.
That was too expensive for him.If he had bought the fish, his family would have gone hungry.
Knowing her father’s troubles, his daughter left home to work as a health nurse for six months.
Upon returning home, she gave her father her salary of 60 yen to purchase the parent fish.
From the spawnings that followed, two ogon with an entirely golden, shiny body were produced.
“It was just after the end of the war World War II) and food was scanty, however, his family supported him to feed the koi by reducing their own food.
In spite of rain or wind, Mr.Sawata went to and from the pond with an empty stomach to feed the koi with locusts that he had caught and crushed with his teeth.
After many years of effort, at the age of 74, he finally succeeded in producing the ogon.
Points for appreciation
- The head should be brightly golden
- Its scale has golden trimmings. If a fish has these scales spreading on the abdominal region, too the fish is valuable.
- The pectoral fins should be shiny.
- The fish should be well-figured.
- As the temperature rises golden color is apt to become dark. A fish of which golden color does not get dark even in the summer is a good fish
- IN the case of the “Doitsu-Ogon” it should have neatly lined scales without a redundant scale.
A silver Hikarimono is called “Nezu-Ogon”. In Japanese “Nezumi (mouse)iro (color) means grey. “Nezu-Ogon” is shortened word of “Nezumi-Ogon” A whitish Nezu-Ogon is Shiro-Ogon
In 1963 Mr. Tado Yoshioka of Uozu city-bred a koi as shiny as platinum, mating a Ki-goi with a Nezu-Ogon.
It was bred by Masoka in 1957, a Ki-goi and an Ogon being mated. The fish shines like pure gold.
It is an orange Hikarimono which was first bred in 1956
It is red Hikarimono. The points for appreciating Plati-num Ogon and Hi-Ogon are the same as those of the Ogon.
It is especially important that their heads are clear and their scales have shiny trimmings.
Kin-Matsuba (Matsuba-Ogon), Gin-Matsuba
In 1960 Mr. Eizaburo Mano bred a Kin-Matsuba by mating a Matsuba with an Ogon Every scale is brilliantly embossed. The Matsuba with platinum texture is “Gin-Matsuba”
It is the Ogon of the Doitsu family.
It is the Platinum-Ogon of the Doitsu family
It is the Orange-Ogon of the Doitsu family
It is the Orange-Ogon with shiny black scales on the back.
A hoe-shaped pattern shines golden or silver on the head of a black carp. Scales on the black body have golden or silver trimmings.
It is rubbish of the Ogon, Most of these kind are culled and thrown away.
These are also rubbish of the Ogon. Their back shine golden or silver on black texture.
What is an Ogon Koi?
Ogon koi are a single solid colour with a metallic appearance. This variety is very popular, particularly with those new to keeping koi.
These fish can be a variety of attractive colours. Cream specimens are rare and the most popular choices are bright yellow (Yamabuki Ogon) and Platinum (Purachina Ogon).
What is a ghost koi?
Ghost Koi has human face! … A cross between a Koi carp and a wild-type mirror carp, Ghost koi are known for their hardiness, big appetites and, above all, growth. But a Koi is only worth what someone will pay for it – and for a Ghost koi even less.
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