Category Archives: Koi Carp and Pond Fish Information

Information on Koi Carp and Pond Fish.

Information on Tancho Koi carp

The Tancho with it’s red spot on the head is a much sought after fish. There are very few good quality high grade fish available. There are different varieties the Kohaku, Sanke and Showa, all have one distinguishing feature a red mark on the head. Tancho Kohaku– The Hi should be deep red and the […]

Grass Carp Information for Garden Ponds

(Ctenopharyngodon idella) Also known as White Amur Grass Carp are fast becoming a popular fish addition for garden ponds. Introduced to the UK to control weeds in Garden Ponds, they are a herbivorous freshwater fish from Eastern Asia. They have long torpedo shaped bodies with broad rounded heads. There are two varieties stocked the green […]

Utsuri- Koi Varieties

Utsurimono are often confused with the Bekko varieties due to their similar colouration. The difference between them is that Utsuri are black Koi with red, white or yellow markings. Whereas Bekko are white koi with black or yellow markings. Unlike the Bekko they also have sumi markings on the head which reaches down to the […]

Sanke- Koi Varieties

The word Sanke means tri-colour. A little bit of history on the Sanke It is not known exactly when the first sanke was bred but they were first recorded between 1912 and 1926. They have changed dramatically over the years from having a striped appearance to the many patterns found today. Sanke Colours One of […]

What happens at a Koi centre during the winter?

Well it’s official, the heating is on, thick jumpers are required and I’ve even spotted that warm winter hats are here, that’s right winter is upon us! Winter arriving means Koi sales end and all the ‘out of season’ jobs begin. So what does winter look like for the Koi team at ATYD? First thing […]

Koi Carp Varieties Guide

Koi Carp Varieties and Colour Guide Koi Carp all come under the species Cyprinus capio, but there are many different Koi carp varieties. The variety names are japanese and are words that describe the colour, pattern or scales of each group. We’ve put together the most popular varieties below. Kohaku A little bit of history- […]

Kohaku- Koi Varieties

A little bit of history on the Kohaku- Koi originate from the common carp. First bred as far back as 1888 it was one of the first varieties developed and still today is considered the most important. Colour Patterns- Kohaku are a white Koi with red markings and perhaps the best known and most popular […]