Cute Koi Pictures

Last Winter, I bought a nice sanke female from Keirin Koi while I was at the Central Florida Koi Show in Orlando Florida. This is the smaller one in the pictures below, with persimmon (more orange) red and the stepping-stone sumi pattern. Even though the red is not as crimson as most Americans tend to like, she still won first-place for sanke in size three. Her name is Rei, and she is incredibly personable and frindly. She comes from the breeder Momotaro.

You can’t quarantine koi by themselves because they get lonely and sulk, so when I brought her home, I had to find a friend for her. I’ve been really into sanke lately, so I decided to find another one to keep her company in the quarantine tank over the winter. That’s where the larger male koi with the brighter red came into the picture. His name is Shinji and he is from the Ogata koi farm.

These two have been a riot. They’re koi, so of course they are always poking their noses out of the water looking for food whenever they hear someone. They both eat readily from my hand, are happy to keep me company while I’m in the basement. They are in a 1,000 gallon tank which is filtered by an Aquadyne 1.1 bead filter. Every week I change out 100 gallons of water to keep the NitrAtes down, and I keep the system at a constant 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

For those wondering about the names, yes, I am a big fan of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Hungry Koi

Hungry Koi

2 thoughts on “Cute Koi Pictures

  1. Please show more pics of your Red and Orange woundfull cute Koi’s. They are both so cute when they beg out of the Water for Food or love and effection. 🙂

    They are silly and fun loving Pets I can see by the pics and the happniess in there faces and cute little eyes! 🙂

    Keep up the woundfull work.

  2. Hi Julie,

    I’m glad you like the pictures… I will take some more pictures soon and put them up for you to enjoy. They have both become very tame, and eat right out of my hand every day. The only problem is sometimes they grab my fingers which feels a little strange. They’re both big hams that love to pose for the camera, so I’ll get some more pics up soon. Thanks for your comment!

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