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A Glossary of Koi Terms

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aka

red, crimson, scarlet

doitsu

Germany (Deutschland) -- in koi this refers to a fish that is smooth skinned except for a row of scales on either side of the dorsal ridge, and a row of scales on the lateral line on both sides of the fish. These type of koi were developed by cross breeding German carp with the Japenese koi.

gin

silver

go

five

go-shiki

a five colored koi

hi

fire -- in koi this refers to the red markings

kin

gold

ogon

gold

orenji

orange

san

three

san-ke

a three colored koi -- white, with red and black markings


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