Koi Fish Selection | Jumbo 2 Year old Kohaku Koi from Japan
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Koi Fish Selection | Jumbo 2 Year old Kohaku Koi from Japan

August 14, 2019

hey I’m Eric Triplett the pond digger I’m in Upland California at the home of Mystic koi and I’m going to introduce you to Shawn McHenry now this guy is a true koi guru he’s been traveling to Japan for over 15 years and he brings home high-quality koi for everyone across the United States to enjoy he’s an international koi judge and there’s not too many people around that understand the true art of koi the way that he does let’s go meet him and learn some neat stuff about some amazing fish Shawn how are you doing Eric brother man good you see I can see you good to see you I’m great hey today I want to talk about the Kohaku oh good I just just had a Kohaku right there my favorites well you know let’s talk about the statement they say that that the koi begins with Kohaku and it ends with Kohaku yeah sure that’s a very very deep statement it means a lot of different things but essentially Kohaku is a red and white fish as simple as it gets but there are many many layers to that and once you can understand Kohaku you can start to understand all dragons right I love that tell me this I want to know how long it took them to develop the the white fish with red patterning sure sure how long that take so Hiro I saw on about 125 years ago started off with literally a red fish solid ribbon we called Benny boy and he started to notice white creeping up from the sides and so when you look at Kohaku today it’s a white fish generally with very like small red steps across there believe it or not that started off as a red fish and over the last hundred years or so they’ve got that white to creep up a small around the sides that’s that’s the kind of stuff I want to learn yeah hey can we bowl a couple and go through some steps absolutely let’s do it all right let’s do it oh all right so this is a beautiful two-year-old Kohaku from Myrtle koi farm and this is just a perfect example of what we’re looking for in an ideal Kohaku she’s massive for two people are gonna be astonished it’s crazy yeah yeah people have no idea that so very simple red and white fish but the Japanese have five or six different words for red to describe the type of rhythm five I know he that’s about it Oh akka Benny al Benny I know Benny – yeah and many of them refer to either flowers or fire showing you what kind of red it’s trying to to describe okay so what we’re looking for are typically very nice step patterns you can see that in this beautiful motor pan here this big circle on the head and then it’s followed by three very nice stepping stones behind it and if you notice this is almost like God like yeah yeah pink boat yeah it’s got a great pattern and we call it we call that you know Zoomer Jesus Ummah I like it when it goes all the way through that yeah he does not yeah that’s great all right I’ll pull her out and pull in the culture nice okay so the Tonto I mean it’s like it represents the Japanese flag right I mean yeah but it’s deeper than that I figured that much that’s why we’re asking you there you go so the Japanese flag is actually designed after the Tonto crane which is quite iconic because cranes as we all know are the mortal enemies oh boy I know but there’s a very beautiful crane in Japan it’s all white and it has a perfect red circle on the head and that’s where we get the Tantra one’d it’s so amazing that this fish originated as an all red fish yeah how through selective breeding we’ve gotten to this point where we can create such a unique pattern tell us about that the size of that red circle I mean is there an optimal size optimal position should be back farther and yeah this one’s in between the eyes a little bit absolutely we ideally want to show off this beautiful red spot and it should be sitting exactly right in between the eyes touching each eye so this is very very ideal placement it’s not perfectly centered if it was perfectly centered this would be all it’s an expensive fish as it is but if it was perfectly centered Wow there’s a nice part to just pull on them out and then just sitting right there in your hand huh yeah letting them balance yeah okay this is what I want to talk about I want to touch on it begins with Kohaku and ends with Kok because as far as I understand and my knowledge is when I’m looking for say a show or a goshiki or something like that I’m looking for a really unique Kohaku pattern within that fish whether it be songket or something absolutely okay just like you said it starts with Kohaku so we’re looking for a nice Kohaku pattern let’s pull up this goshiki because it has okay a great example of a Kohaku pattern but a different element the fins are showing you know slight gray in them is it is it is it more preference to have more gray or less gray an offense of the oshika so this is a go ski which which is a variety where things like the color of the fins aren’t too important I know as this fish develops because I know it’s its bloodline that this black will actually receive quite a bit on the fins and we might get a little bit of gray towards the center but overall all of this appeal has a quick judge that’s a one of the last things we look for we’re on a Kohaku or on a sulky we’re much more critical of those type of ideas okay what you really want to note is how beautiful the vignetting is especially as the bookies nice side shocks and you can see actually below how it’s a white fish underneath yeah I think it’s just extraordinary how this started off as a white fish entered development over the last year so she’s gotten much darker yeah she’s gorgeous all right thanks that we can let her go well that was some great information on some amazing fish I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and if you’re ever in the upland area you got to stop in and see mystic koi talk to Shawn and tell them I said hi I’m Eric Triplett the pond digger thanks for watching you


  • Reply Cazee Ponds November 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    When are they shipping that amazing Chagoi to me!!!

  • Reply audiofanaticz November 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I got some koi that is black with an orange bottom, dont know what it is though besides a koi. Got some other fish that are said to be a butterfly but not a typical looking butterfly like my other with long nice looking fins. oh well more koi vids like this pleas!
    Also that first pond how to with Billy Jean, is there an after video that will be shot sometime?

  • Reply alta white November 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm


  • Reply Danny Roman November 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    this is an awesome video! you are awesome! 🙂 thanks for posting 🙂

  • Reply So-Cal Ponds, Inc. December 2, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Another good video. Cant wait to get myself a pond and get some fish like those…

  • Reply oldartguy December 28, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    do they have a kohaku with a black outlined red on white background?

  • Reply kevin January 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    China is hometown of Koi and goldfish, Chinese people develop koi and goldfish in song dynasty about 900 years ago

  • Reply Selvakumar Kumar March 2, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I have 2 questions

    1. When transporting the Koi from one pond/container to another the Koi experts always rotate the Koi once before taking them off the water. Why do they do it.

    2. What is the lifetime of a Koi. At what age do they stop growing.

    And ho, good information and great collection of Kois.
    I watched through the entire playlist at once.

    Difference between male and female, showa and sanke have always perplexed me.

  • Reply SAMMIsLIFE March 17, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Aww the fish @3:12 has a heart on its side

  • Reply SAMMIsLIFE March 17, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I LOVE the one @6:09 !

  • Reply SAMMIsLIFE March 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Lol yes,i love the koi

  • Reply franklin mendoza April 5, 2014 at 3:32 am

    great information… love to have good quality koi like that someday… great job sir shawn…

  • Reply A.C. April 29, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I bought koi from Mystic Koi Before and they have beautiful fish!!! They almost glow! 

  • Reply Mars Orbiter May 12, 2014 at 6:48 am

    If it's "THe KUhaku", I RESpect THat, but  I Should End it my Way!, I'm TanchU!…

  • Reply Gilbert Hernandez May 16, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Damn this is amazing <3

  • Reply theo beckford June 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

    could you please make a video on why koi skin quality is important 
    with examples also please

  • Reply 1FuckEverybodytwice July 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I just got my first tank. Its 55 gallon. Will 4 Koi be to much for a 55 gallon tank? This is my first fish

  • Reply trueja August 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Not Kohaku but Kouhaku. Kou means red in Japanese,haku means white.

  • Reply kev lee November 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    damn that goshiki is beautiful. i don't know much about koi but if i can find one that looks like that i may start raising koi

  • Reply Морока Нет December 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm


  • Reply Fish Lover December 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Guys! Check my channel out! Helpful tips and informations about Fishes 😀


  • Reply Jewel Mirza kaiom June 8, 2015 at 8:55 am

  • Reply Eve Parkin November 7, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I love shawn and of cause you Eric 💞

  • Reply Eve Parkin November 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Does shawn name all those fish ?? Wouldn't like to do that job, seen as he has so many fish!

  • Reply Matthew Yao December 17, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Take a koi out from one section of the pond and release it to the other section of the same pond? Wtf? Showing off how he can handle a koi?

  • Reply Just Me January 4, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I love koi & love this channel!!! Shawn is so awesome!

  • Reply Steele's Landscapes , LLC. The Water Boss January 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    What? two ? amazing growth

  • Reply Samulee Worrlee January 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    now seeing for first time, beautiful

  • Reply C C April 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    ThePondDigger You don't really know your koi fish… you seem very nervous when you talk, and host the overall show. You lack social skills and don't even seem to enjoy doing the interview. It makes me cringe every time you speak to the camera because you can just tell its scripted.

  • Reply Crystal Hollis July 1, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Who else is here because of the WordPress class project?

  • Reply Ruth L July 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

    messing with nature.. why does man feel the need to just corrupt everything he gets his hands on

  • Reply Sébastien Lagacé August 6, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    i just both a tancho 2 day's ago it only 2 to 3 inch , if that tancho 2 year old I guest I have to build a nice 300 gal tank for it this winter lol ….nice video I enjoy each of them lot of info , keep it up

  • Reply Sébastien Lagacé November 3, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    hello there I'm enjoying all your video realy interesting , now I have a question , I have a koi about 4 inch long benn having him for a fiu month now , the only thing he eat its flake food , try the pellet no way , and I notice is getting smaller like tinner, any ting I can do , and I have 2 comet goldfish and 2 black more whit him ????

  • Reply Squish LovesDucks November 25, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Lol 0:58 , when you try to brush water off like sand

  • Reply Zach Lee November 30, 2016 at 1:47 am

    That Goshiki is beautiful. I dare not even wonder the price. Wonderful fish.

  • Reply Alexander Brill March 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    the pond digger I live in Alberta will my koi be ok in summer and spring with out a heater plzz reply

  • Reply Koi TV July 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Nice video! Kohaku is also my favorite!
    keep up the good work!

  • Reply Zeljko Trifunovic February 15, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    not all the young fish are quality breeding stock.
    So you sell them cheap to beginners or just fry them?
    You probably breed after 15 years like all enthusiasts…..
    and thousands of young every year

  • Reply Ruyard Japet Josol June 16, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Please some tips of how to breed kois

  • Reply Alka Awasti September 30, 2018 at 11:27 am

    koi setting at bottom of aquarium. is that normal? if not plz plz help.thankyou.

  • Reply TEJ Jensen November 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I just love the Goshiki Koi. They are divine beautiful.

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