The Difference Between Koi Carp and Goldfish - Your Koi Pond

Many people keep koi fish in ponds or tanks, but only some can easily identify the types of Koi that are swimming around in them. In this video, we show 38 different types of Koi, including some rare varieties. Use this video to help you learn how to identify Koi when you see them.

Koi types included in this video:
Kohaku
Sanke
Showa
Shiro Utsuri
Hi Utsuri
Ki Utsuri
Kin Shiro Utsuri
Asagi
Shusui
Platinum Ogon
Ai Goromo
Budo Goromo
Sumi Goromo
Yamato Nishiki
Kujaku
Doitsu Hariwake
Kikusui
Gin Matsuba
Aka Matsuba
Ochiba Shigure
Kumonryu
Beni Kumonryu
Beni Kin Kikokuryu
Benigoi
Kabuto Ogon
Haijiro
Aka Haijiro
Chagoi
Kigoi
Midorigoi
Soragoi
Cha Utsuri
Tancho Goromo
Tancho Goshiki
Tancho Kohaku
Tancho Sanke
Tancho Showa
Tancho Yamato Nishiki


Varieties that are missing from this video:
Ki Matsuba
Bekko Varieties
Orenji Ogon


Music: Kevin MacLeod

Koi Fish available in different sizes. Candid Moments Photography by Codi Watson

Symbolically, koi fish is associated with good fortune because the folklore says that it has the power to climb the falls on Yellow River and become a dragon. Similarly, it stands for the hopes and aspirations of a person to become better and pass through tough situations in life with strength and perseverance. In the same way, koi tattoos are supposed to harbinger good fortune for the bearer and give him strength to bring the best out of himself. In Christian religion, fish stands for faith and abundance. Koi fish tattoos originated in East Asia, though it has different symbolic meaning in different cultures as like .

Koi Fish available in different sizes

How to keep and breed Koi fish and Goldfish : Different Types Of Kohaku koi fish Another fish that is sure to find its way into your heart resembles the koi, but is much smaller. It’s called a shubunkin and it’s a kind of single-tailed, long-bodied goldfish that differs from the koi in the fact that it doesn't have “barbells,” which are whiskers of sorts that are used to root through gravel.

Different Types Of Kohaku koi fish - YouTube

Another physical difference between male and female koi isn’t particularly useful for determining the sex of your pond fish, but I think that it’s worth including. Female koi tend to grow larger than males. This is thought to be because of the breeding methods that have been used for generations in Japan. To maximize genetic variety (though this wasn’t exactly well-understood at the time), breeders would expose each breeding female to several breeding males. This was understandably pretty rough on the female (I’ll not get further into that), so to compensate and protect the females, larger females were paired with smaller males. Over generations, this selection for smaller, slower-growing males and larger females led to the entire line tending in that direction, an interesting unintended consequence of selective breeding.

What makes us different from other Koi and Goldfish farmers


Koi carp are omnivorous fish, meaning that in the wild, they eat a wide range of different foods including both plant and animal matter. They are bottom feeders, and will look for food on the floor of lakes, streams and rivers using the twin barbels on their faces to locate food.While goldfish and koi are very different and quite distantly related, it can be difficult for the uninitiated to tell the difference between the two. However, it is not difficult to tell koi from goldfish once you know what you’re looking for.