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At Blackwater Creek Koi Farms we have dedicated ourselves to producing the best American Bred Koi, Standard Fin, and Butterfly Fin. Our breeding programs allow us to provide the following varieties of Koi for sale. Many of the varieties we produce are available in Standard fin and Butterfly (long-
The Fish that we produce here at Blackwater Creek Koi fall into one of three Koi grades and are priced accordingly.
Sub varieties of Ginrin; Ginrin can be divided technically into four sub varieties. In Beta-
Where the sparkling effect is heavy, the surface of the scales becomes slightly raised; this is Pearl Ginrin, also known as Tsubu-
There are a few Doitsu Koi with their own names, such as Shusui and Kumonryu. Any other Koi that would fit into a separate classification yet dons Doitsu scalage would have an extra prefix or suffix of "Doitsu" such as Doitsu Kohaku or Hariwake Doitsu. Whether you place Doitsu before or after the main classification of the Koi is of no real consequence either way.
Keep in mind that Doitsu are not necessarily scaleless Koi except for a few larger scales along the spine and lateral line. There are Doitsu specimens with the thick German scales all along their body length and width, which gives them the appearance of wearing a suit of armor. While these rare Doitsu are not valued very highly at Koi shows, they make for a very interesting and unique Koi, perfect for a treasure-
All patterned Doitsu Koi should have clearly defined markings. Without scales to diffuse the light, colors appear bright and sharp. A good Doitsu should seem like it's lit from within.
Doitsu scales at the shoulder
Armored Doitsu Scales
Doitsu without shoulder scales
In the West, only Ginrin Gosanke are benched Kin-
A shimmering coat of reflective scales can lead the novice to fall for Koi of otherwise limited attributes. Show judges in the Kin-
Telling the Difference.… A deeper look at the scales on metallic, Ginrin and Koi with both combined, can clear up confusion between the different styles.
Even metallic fish are now being bred with this scalation and a good Ginrin Ogon is an unforgettable sight. To qualify as Ginrin, a Koi should have more of these scales than it is possible to count as it swims past the observer -
In 1929, Japanese Koi enthusiast Eizaburo Hoshino first discovered individual sparkling scales on Koi he had bred and coined the style Gingoke. These mutant scales were later termed Dia, but today the accepted word outside Japan is Kin-
Ginrin scales are quite different from those on metallic Koi. Instead of an overall gleam caused by the reflective pigment guanine, Ginrin scales have a reflective sheen over all or part of their surface creating a glimmering effect not unlike cut diamonds. The color they appear is determined by the pigment they overlay -
Koi varieties continue to evolve and improve. Less than 200 years ago, all Koi came from the common carp grown as a food source in and amongst the rice paddies. Along the way the first Koi variety appeared as an Asagi type. With careful breeding and selection, many more varieties were produced and today there are over 25 major varieties with countless variants and crosses. Around the world, each farm works hard to perfect just one or a very few varieties. This is mainly due to the cost of ponds and space constraints.
Blackwater Creek Koi Farms prides itself on the fact that so many high quality varieties are produced each year at our farms. Whether you are looking for a nice Kohaku or a very very rare Matsukawabakke, or even something exotic such as a Goshiki Showa. You can trust that it's been produced, or in the works, resulting in providing you a one stop shopping experience. You are able to stock your Koi pond or Koi store from one place. Americas mist trusted Koi farm. Learn more about some of the varieties we produce on the following Koi varieties pages.
If you are ready to stock your pond with specific varieties, check out our Individual Koi For Sale.
Occasionally we will offer a wholesale box of one or more Koi varieties. These are typically found on our Specials shopping page.