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The most common faults with Ogon are discoloration on the head, pectoral fins that are too small for the body, and, in large examples, a tendency to grow fat. Champion Ogon should be voluminous but not obese, so provide strong circulating currents in their pond for them to swim against, which gives them the exercise they need. When buying, look out for the mouth deformities and even the absence of one or both pelvic fins -
A desirable characteristic of Ogon is their imposing presence in the pond, so choose fish that have the potential to grow big. You can recognize them by their strong, thick caudal peduncle and wide shoulders, even when young.
The translation of the name Hikarimono can be broken up into two words; Hikari, meaning "shining" in Japanese, and mono, meaning "ones". The Koi most commonly associated with this group are Ogon (formerly spelled Ohgon), but the classification also takes in metallic Matsuba.
In 1921, a Magoi with a gold-
What to look for in Hikarimono...
It's easy to see why Ogon have an immediate appeal to hobbyists. These Koi grow large, are easily visible in the pond and are lively and intelligent.
Hikarimono are Koi of one color whose scales and skin shimmer in a fashion that resembles a metallic spray paint. When a Koi shows this trait it is referred to as metallic.
Like other single colored breeds, the quality of the scale color and design on Hikarimono is critical. Any blemish on the skin or scales would be easy to pick out, greatly devaluing the specimen. The head should be clear and lustrous. The metallic sheen should also extend to the fins, especially the pectorals. As the fish grow large and their skin stretches, the scales should take on an almost three-
Gold: (see example above) Early Ogon were golden, but with a tendency to turn blackish in warm water. This trait was bred out around 1957 by Masasuki Kataoka when he spawned one of these fish with a Kigoi. Modern yellow Ogon are known as Yamabuki Ogon, watch for orange flecks on the head, which devalue them.
Platinum: Platinum Ogon, or Purachina, are white Koi whose body shines with the same luster as the precious metal. These first appeared in 1963, probably from out crossing Kigoi with the grayish-
Orenji (Orange): Orenji Ogon resulted from crossing Higoi with the original yellow metallics, and later with Yamabuki Ogon. These are startlingly bright Koi, but rather prone to shimis.
Matsuba Ogon: Matt-