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Dragon Koi Fish | Ki Kokuryu Koi

January 13, 2020

Shawn these guys are beauties, and
I’m stumped on the name right now. I can’t remember why don’t you school me?>>Yeah, sure, sure, sure. Today today I have for you Ki Kokuryu, Ki Kokuryu that’s fun to say.>>Yeah, it’s it’s gotta be up there on like
the toughest koi names to pronounce for sure.>>All right. So tell us what Ki Kokuryu means.>>There’s gotta be something behind that,
right?>>Yeah, yeah.
Sure, sure, sure. It’s, it doesn’t mean a whole lot to us, but the most important part to know is that last,
the Ryu.>>Yeah?
>>R-Y-U. Ki Kokuryu.>>Yeah.>>It means dragon. So we got a dragon in your name,
it’s good to go.>>Yeah, got to have it.>>Yeah, all right.
>>It’s got the dragon in there.>>But
we like to call it like the metallic dragon.>>Okay.>>So that would be the common name for
this, the metallic dragon.>>Yeah, sort of,
Ki Kokuryu is the common name. [LAUGH].>>All right, I was trying to make it easy.>>Right, right, right. [LAUGH] so, you know,
we’ve been talking about these 180 year old koi varieties,
I though I would spice things up. This fish is developed in the mid 90s. 1990s, not 1890s. [LAUGH].>>Oh, nice. Nice.>>Oh. This this fish was originally bred by
a family, a really small koi breeding family. But was made popular by very,
like famous koi breeder called Aokison. And Aoki really, really perfected and
mastered this this style of fish. As you can see, it’s a metallic fish. With orange and white pattern, right? So actually like a white fish with orange
>>Uh-huh>>And then it has this just bizarro like silver gun-metal grey color. I don’t even know how to describe that.>>So dragon color
>>Oh yeah, exactly.>>Yeah, yeah.
Absolutely. And>>Where did, where did it come from? I mean, was this-
>>Supposedly the original family that bred this took a Kikusui.>>Uh-huh.>>Which is, you know, a red,
a red and white metallic fish. Bred it with a Kumonryu, which is one
that we’re gonna talk about later.>>Oh, yeah, the dragon.>>Cuz that’s the dragon of nine clouds.>>That’s the real dragon.>>That’s the real dragon, yeah.>>Okay.>>And and made his fish from that. And then he bred that with a Kin Showa. Which is a metallic Showa.>>That was not easy to do. [LAUGH].
>>No, no and then Aokison, who knows what he did. But, he brought in some other blood
lines that he had to sort of, to make this fish happen. And it’s interesting that, that you bring
that up because these breeders had to work simultaneously together to create
the exact same type of fish using completely different bloodlines, so
that, so that you’re interbreeding-.>>Too much.
>>You know, mom and dad, over and over again.>>Right.
>>Which will cause health issues in the fish. All right, so if you notice here,
it’s got this really cool, like, silver, grey, gun-metal. It’s just an awesome, awesome color. And, the crazy thing is,
in the, in the winter time. If we were to come visit these fish. Right now, it’s spring that gun-metal
will probably be a solid black. And, as we come into the summer months,
they’re gonna be more like this guy, which is a, a more of a white skin.>>And, look at this dorsal fin, it’s insane.>>It’s freaking rad, right?>>Oh, God. So, how old is this bigger one? Can you give us some age references for
this guys?>>Yeah. Sure. So, so
this Ki Kokuryu is around five years old, and this is a much older fish
than we talked about. Like, normally,
when we talk about a five year old, I have a big-
>>A big beast.>>Tub out there.>>Yeah.
>>And that’s part of,
having a koi that’s newly developed. So we’re talking the mid 90s, right?>>Yeah.>>We’re still working on fundamentals
like the color and the pattern and making sure that is developing Ki Kokuryu. Eventually down the line, we’ll start
working on making her a huge massive fish.>>Okay, that is pretty interesting.>>So, so yeah, so
we have an older fish here. This is a three year old and then we have
a nice little two year old next to her.>>Dude have we talked about it yet
how the, you know, the koi’s journey in life is to become
a dragon and swim, swim up the dragon gate? I mean-.
>>We have not talked about it yet.>>You know, so that’s really cool
because that’s kind of the myth and legend behind koi.>>Absolutely, the ascension.>>And, this is kind of, well,
why don’t you touch on that a little bit?>>Yeah, sure, sure, sure. So, a lot of people get koi tattoos, right?>>Uh-huh.>>And they have no idea why
they get that koi on a tattoo, aside from it being like really cool looking,
right?>>Sure. In Japanese lure the koi or carp is represented as something that’s,
sort of, sort of weak and fragile but strong and bull-headed, but
koi love to fight rivers. They love to swim upriver.>>Mm-hm.
>>For no reason. Right? Like just, just because that’s, that’s what their head tells them to do, and
so the story is you have this area where you have these koi swimming up these
beautiful waterfalls, right?>>Yeah, it’s a great story.
>>And once they, once they hit the top of the waterfall they
transcend into a mythical beast, the dragon. Which, of course,
is the most rocking thing there is, right?>>[LAUGH] Yes.
>>A dragon.>>Yeah.>>And it’s a story of human nature of us and our frailty overcoming something as strong
as a waterfall, and swimming up hill.>>Mm-hm.
>>And reaching to our extension of being a, a man.>>Yes, that’s, that’s the stuff,
that’s what it’s all about right there>>Absolutely, absolutely, and so in this variety we’re, we’re the Ki Kokuryu where where we’re touching on that aspect
of that transformation into a dragon.>>Awesome. Dude, let’s go get a tattoo right now.>>Yeah, let’s do it.
>>Let’s go.>>Yeah.
>>All right, man. Thanks so much.>>Good to see you, man.>>Today was a great koi discussion,
we got to learn about the Ki Kokuryu and, and, of course, the ryu means dragon. And then we got to learn about the dragon
gate, and that’s the famous Japanese lore where the koi swim up the waterfall and they
turn into a dragon when they get to the top. It talks a lot about human nature as well. Until next time, I’m Eric Triplett,
The Pond Digger. Thanks for watching.


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    Im in Upland, Is this place open to the public?

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  • Reply Daniel Bird July 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I love the discussion of the process of creating kikokuru! That is a lovely fish.

  • Reply Mattuk July 31, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Sure, sure sure sure

  • Reply harrell tolentino August 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Magikarp basically

  • Reply D Charger August 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    wow the silver orange black mix is very nice..

  • Reply SaveMe August 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

    How much do these cost…

  • Reply serpiente August 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    how big do you think these koi fish can grow to since they are smaller than other koi fish please

  • Reply BassBouzled August 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Very nice, thanks for the vid mate.

  • Reply N1CO Nintendude September 1, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Its pronounced Re-you….like the street fighter character Ryu(Dragon)….at least pronounce it correct…

  • Reply Junior Carpina September 2, 2016 at 2:44 am

    hllw koi..so beutifull

  • Reply Count Cadillac September 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    When considering having a koi pond certainly keep the storks in mind..

  • Reply Dave Brittain September 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Those are the coolest looking Koi I have ever seen!

  • Reply mohamed dahir September 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    sure sure sure

  • Reply TeamACMD September 17, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Can you eat Koi fish ?

  • Reply samuricex September 25, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Magikarp to Gyarados.

  • Reply laura Hurcomb October 1, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Even ..:/.:/:!((;4 will you,,

  • Reply Donna B October 10, 2016 at 4:46 am

    beautiful fish. how do they keep predators out?

  • Reply Virbas.D. DragoN October 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    what fish is the kumanru

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  • Reply Public Hair October 12, 2016 at 5:18 am

    What's the wear of that one?

  • Reply Savage King-Medusa November 12, 2016 at 12:58 am

    "Yeah Yeah Yeah, Sure Sure Sure" 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply peachypanda96 November 27, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I would give my right arm to have a koi pond with fish like these! Right now all i can afford is two guinea pigs and potentially a Betta xD

  • Reply future December 1, 2016 at 10:33 am


  • Reply Inappropriate Reefer December 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thus, Magikarp's evolution =)

  • Reply Spanz Klyde December 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Why do Americans like to overprice stuffs?

  • Reply pappi December 6, 2016 at 12:52 am

    sure sure sure

  • Reply A ok December 8, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Thanks a lot! Pretty cool series and love your broadcasts. I hope to one day have a nice pond in my backyard too! Well, once I hit the big times!

  • Reply A Ghoshal December 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    sure sure sure… very nice

  • Reply Wes Brown December 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    For the love of God, stop saying "sure,sure,sure"

  • Reply I Bara January 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    their topic line up is a mess

  • Reply Teathlach Riak January 16, 2017 at 12:40 am


  • Reply Wildan Ramadhan January 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

    how the fuuuuccckkkk he can get gunmetal koi????? i mean in indonesia they only sell it in mall and didn't get to traditional pet market sorry i dunno how to say it in english, but it's rare to see one in fish market..

  • Reply Tennant K January 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    i wonder what kind of diet these rich exotics fish eat, more than that what kinda luxury treatment theyre getting, shit thinking about it makes me cry that these damn fish have higher living standard than me

  • Reply cjfunstuff January 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    "Silver green grey gun color?" So you mean metallic

  • Reply JC Luk January 23, 2017 at 12:36 am

    It's called 魚躍龍門, actually from Chinese folklore. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_in_Chinese_mythologyd

  • Reply istriCantik'COM ꧂like & subscribe please꧁ January 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Dude please Just shoot zoom in the koi , your comments as the audio

  • Reply SteviiLove February 4, 2017 at 5:39 am

    so amazing 💜
    koi fish are my favorite type of fish; they are so unique & magestic. each one is like a living piece of art

  • Reply Mike Cernovich February 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    you have no honah

  • Reply Met3lAngel February 6, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Was this guy really the best staff they had to explain things because he sounds like he doesn't really know what he's talking about.

  • Reply sangla bagang February 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I never knew why these dumb fishes cost so much……….now I realise how dumb I was …….these are ……jussssttttttt maaaggnificent……totally an art..

  • Reply Blue_Lugia February 19, 2017 at 12:53 am


  • Reply nick cook February 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    im nick cook not Joyce but your fish is HUGE and cute

  • Reply Lathan Britz February 24, 2017 at 1:19 am

    What a fish wish I could get some

  • Reply Ross McBride March 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    you should see the beni kikokuryu aoki has breed this year, also aoki invented the fish, not some small farm, he created the name himself.

  • Reply Outcast Outdoors - On a Fishin' Mission March 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm


  • Reply SavageGaming 4 Life March 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    you talk alot

  • Reply Anthony Sarni March 29, 2017 at 3:23 am

    sure sure sure

  • Reply Justin Stuart April 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    You guys in Japan?

  • Reply Fyish April 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I keep thinking my name is being called because my name is Koy.

  • Reply F3RDI April 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Anyone know how to get these in Australia? I think we have importing laws, but not 100% sure

  • Reply Steven Vogel April 21, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Love this Koi. Excited to here it doesn't get bigger. Building a small 1850 gallon pond. Two of these sound perfect

  • Reply Nightcore Meow April 22, 2017 at 1:52 am

    They are beautiful♥

  • Reply hemptime123 April 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    amazing fish

  • Reply Cian April 28, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    "sure sure sure"
    heard it too often

  • Reply Holly Huber June 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    love koi so much they are pretty

  • Reply everyoneyu June 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    thats why that carp pokemon evolve to dragon

  • Reply idkwtf July 10, 2017 at 3:06 am

    ki kokuryu … well i dont know but ryu means dragon so something to do with dragon … wow idk man u are an expert

  • Reply Spirit Alabovitz July 20, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Why was this in my recommendation

  • Reply Junji Nishimura July 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I think they're not just "Kikokuryu" but "Beni Kikokuryu". Let me write it in kanji, 「紅輝黒竜」. 紅 means "deep red". 輝 means "shining". 黒 means "black". 竜 means "Dragon". So overall, Beni Kikokuryu means "Deep red shining black dragon". I'm Japanese. I hope this will help you to understand the meaning of this koi's name.

  • Reply VeRnSquad5611 August 1, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Do they got this kind at petco?

  • Reply Zodiac Fenrir August 2, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Ryuu Ga Ki Kokuryu

  • Reply deadly_ shepard August 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm


  • Reply Chad Ashton August 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Pause the video at 6:14 and these fish don't look real. They look like an awesome painting. They are amazing. I so badly want a pond at my house. I need to start digging! What are your thoughts on above grade ponds…something similar to what's in this video. Maybe dig down some but then use railroad ties above grade as well to deepen the pond? I know it makes things less natural looking, but sometimes function > form.

  • Reply Dani Creations Amp August 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Hi sir i have 7-5-5 Size pond without any pump or filtaration machine so get my water full of green there is no clarity of fishesh appearence will suggest any machines or equipments which available in online in low price..(iam from India)

  • Reply Oka99 Vlog August 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

    wow amazing ..i hope my koi fish can grow up like that..😍😍
    Now my Koi fish still too young

  • Reply Joe Hmingsanga September 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    sure sure sure

  • Reply Chris October 23, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Yeah yeah sure sure sure means he's really not sure about what he's about to say

  • Reply Tuber Youb October 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    sure sure sure yeah yeah sure sure sure

  • Reply Jacob M. November 3, 2017 at 2:13 am

    TPD, can you point me to where I can buy quality koi? Im in Texas, thank you sir love the videos. I'd love to buy from this guy!

  • Reply Chloe england November 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm


  • Reply Chloe england November 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    got me feeling some type of way does the dragon koi fish. nice big boy x

  • Reply Blue_Lugia November 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I feel bad for the poor Koi. 🙁

  • Reply adrin woods December 16, 2017 at 6:24 am

    ki kokuryu is dragon

  • Reply Maxs Maxs December 29, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Zen Koi ii || download now ||

  • Reply Wes Brown January 18, 2018 at 6:34 am


  • Reply Sdog Eht Fo Eliforp February 4, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    u missing the schauberger effect it creates when jumping up the waterfall in the moonlight

  • Reply Daniel Ramirez March 31, 2018 at 2:29 am

    It's holiday and im here… Watching videos about fish.

  • Reply Dennis Escobar April 2, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Post Malone got a cool hobby going on lol

  • Reply Sudima April 27, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Perfect shape, don’t overfeed them like the Japanese do hahahah

  • Reply So-Cal Ponds, Inc. May 25, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Love it Eric! we want more!

  • Reply Keane Kleiber May 28, 2018 at 5:11 am

    I love this video. getting tatted up soon lol

  • Reply christina st onge June 2, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Do they ever bite you

  • Reply Andrewm3 June 10, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Fantastic looking koi

  • Reply Avia Littlehawk June 15, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I have baby Gin Rin Sanke koi . And I name one Ryoko and Yakuma . Ryoko means Dragon And Yakuma ( samurai name for 8 Clouds Great Spirit )

  • Reply Avia Littlehawk June 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Koi fish likes challenges it is overcoming obstacles.

  • Reply Ochibason July 14, 2018 at 8:45 am


  • Reply The World of Carps October 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I've got one Beni kikokuryu carp in my tank 🙂

  • Reply Kelvynn Lee November 20, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I have an Ichibichi Kukiki that I created using silver koi, gold koi, oranda goldfish, redcap goldfish and a comet. Very rare. I decided to let it go cheap for 5 million dollars each. There is only 3 in the world.

  • Reply John Stanton December 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    got one in my pond

  • Reply Claudio Cardoso Santana Cardoso January 2, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Parabéns muito lindas, gosto muito do canal, excelente, parabéns!!!

  • Reply mohd fauzi January 22, 2019 at 3:50 am

    kontolku gede

  • Reply John Blaine February 12, 2019 at 5:25 am


  • Reply chip turd July 12, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    damn that dude is annoying how many times u gonna say the same word in a row every damn video

  • Reply Cape Fear Koi August 8, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Stunning fish!

  • Reply Elwood Noble August 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I am still stumped! You have a great channel, do tremendous work and are easy to listen to. I only feel the need to comment!

  • Reply Sue Younglove November 24, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Very interesting. Beautiful fish.

  • Reply William Morales December 19, 2019 at 2:21 am


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