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Dragon Koi Fish | Ki Kokuryu Koi

Dragon Koi Fish | Ki Kokuryu Koi

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.

100 comments on “Dragon Koi Fish | Ki Kokuryu Koi

  1. @thepondDigger do you know the phone number that I can call so that I can talk to shawn because I really want one of these koi fish

  2. Koi Fish are so epic! I have a few family members who breed and buy koi fishes whivh is pretty cool but none of them look as sweet as these ones that you have shown me!

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  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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..

  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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 )

  20. 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.

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