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Koi Fish Colors - and Their Meanings

Updated on August 9, 2013

Koi Fish Colors

Koi fish are absolutely gorgeous. Their patterns and koi fish colors make them amazing fish to enjoy. This is evident in the fact that people will actually travel just to view these beauties at special parks and ponds. What a great addition to your yard and/or landscaping! It is easy to spend hours just relaxing and watching these beautiful, colorful fish swim in their pond.

Adding to the beauty and grace of these special fish is the fact that each pattern and colored fish represents a meaning. Yes, there are special koi fish meanings! This color symbolism is just another great thing about these special fish. Here you will find many of these koi fish colors and the koi fish meaning that each pattern represents.

I hope this makes your own koi experience just a little more special.

Koi Fish Symbolism

Koi fish are beautiful, colorful fish. Not only do the colors make watching the fish more enjoyable, but the colors represent koi fish symbolism. Each fish, along with it's colors and pattern represents something of meaning. Koi fish symbolism adds to the beauty, mystery and fun of owning koi fish.

Koi fish, overall, are viewed as symbols of love and friendship. These and other meanings ranging from courage to strength are the reasons that they are such popular symbols being seen on anything from jewelry to tattoos. Koi fish colors are beautiful and original no matter what type you choose.

If you would like to see a GORGEOUS single page chart with koi fish pictures, including some symbolism information, you can get it here for only $1.99. This is ready to be printed out and displayed. It is professional done and quite beautiful. Perfect for those who own a koi fish pond, those who are thinking about getting a koi fish tattoo, or for those who simply love koi fish. Get it here. You will be directed to your chart upon payment. Buy a Koi Fish Chart.

Koi Fish Meanings and Koi Fish Colors

There are a few factors that help to determine a type of koi fish. They are usually identified by koi fish colors, markings, patterns and scale variations. Here are some of the more common types of these wonderful pond fish:

Kohaku. This is probably the most common and popular type of koi. It's colors are red and white. The japanese translation for kohaku is red and white.

Asagi. This beautiful fish is pale blue with an orange-red type color of belly. It's scales on it's back form a net pattern. The word asagi means pale blue.

Ogon. This shiny metallic koi is usually gold or orange. You can also find these in cream color, but they are rare in that color. The scales are one color. Ogon means gold.

Bekko. This koi can be white, yellow or red. It has black markings on it's body. Bekko translates into tortoise shell.

Matsuba. This koi is one color. It's scales are similar in design to a pinecone.

Utsuri. This fish is black with white, red or yellow markings. The markings are similar to ink stains. This is the reason the japanese word for to print, utsuri, is it's name.

Karasugoi. A black fish with an orange belly.

Showa. This beautiful koi has a black body with white and red markings.

Ochiba: A light blue koi with yellow markings. Ochiba translates to fallen leaves.

Butterfly koi: Koi that are bred with asian carp. The color is determined by the type of koi that is bred with the carp. Butterfly koi are known for their long, flowing fins.

Koi Fish Ornament

The perfect gift for someone special...or for yourself (of course, you are special, too!). A koi fish ornament for Christmas!

Ornament, Golden Koi and Cherry Blossom - CO183
Ornament, Golden Koi and Cherry Blossom - CO183

Add a bit of fun surprise with this orange koi fish ornament.

3drose Chinese Koi Carp Fish Snowflake Porcelain Ornament, 3-Inch
3drose Chinese Koi Carp Fish Snowflake Porcelain Ornament, 3-Inch

A bit of the traditional christmas decor...with a touch of surprise...koi and snowflakes!


Are You Thinking About a Koi Fish Tattoo?

If it is an original koi fish tattoo that you are looking for....a tattoo that has not been seen here.

Beautiful Koi Fish Products - Make Great Koi Fish Gifts

This area can only be properly appreciated by those who love their koi....or just love koi in general. If you have a friend who obsesses over his or her pond, this is a great place to look for gifts.

Magic Globe Koi Goldfish Aquarium, 5-Gallon
Magic Globe Koi Goldfish Aquarium, 5-Gallon

If you know someone who would love this koi fish globe on their desk, why not surprise them? Or maybe for someone who wants a koi fish pond and just doesn't have one yet.

Ed Hardy Art Bangle Bracelet "Koi Fish" ~ Pouched
Ed Hardy Art Bangle Bracelet "Koi Fish" ~ Pouched

Whether you love koi or not, this is a beautiful bracelet. I say you wear it to your next koi fish club meeting.

Neonblond Cufflinks "Koi Fish" - cuff links for man
Neonblond Cufflinks "Koi Fish" - cuff links for man

Another wonderful gift for the man who loves his koi pond.


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Koi Fish Décor for Indoors and Outdoors

If you have your own koi fish pond or have always dreamed of having one...or just love koi fish, you understand how beautiful they are. Here are some ideas for adding koi fish d├ęcor to your home or garden.

Colorful Japanese Floating Fish Sculpture Statue Aquarium
Colorful Japanese Floating Fish Sculpture Statue Aquarium

A beautiful, floating koi for your pond. And this one doesn't cost anything to feed!

Design Toscano Small Asian Dancing Fish Cast Bronze Spitting Garden Statue
Design Toscano Small Asian Dancing Fish Cast Bronze Spitting Garden Statue

These would look beautiful in a place near your pond. Or, if you just love koi, add these to your garden for a special touch. This is just the small one for a smaller space.

Lladro Koi
Lladro Koi

This is pricey, but collectible and beautiful.


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    • SevenSpiders profile image

      SevenSpiders 3 years ago

      Interesting stuff. Just squid liked you. I have just posted my own page on Butterfly Koi, they are like normal Koi but more glamourous.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      We had a koi fish pond when we lived in So. California. Such beautiful, tranquil, fun, and intelligent creatures! Each one was named according to its personality and or coloring. I miss them!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a all black kois is there something wrong with that

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      betsy-wooters 4 years ago

      Thank You for the informative article. We are planning to the put in a koi pond in the future and just researching now :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautiful fish, i love my koi!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my koi fish is beautiful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my koi fish is beautiful

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      merleannw 5 years ago

      My husband has twenty . beautiful fish

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I never knew this. Koi fish are so lovely. Thanks.

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      hawkeye11 lm 5 years ago

      I had no idea the significance of different colors! Great post

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      jenjenjenga 5 years ago

      beautiful fish

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Great information about these lovely fish.

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      WhyCleanCounts 5 years ago

      I have always loved koi fish, I hope to have a fish pond soon. Too many other projects going on at the moment though.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am building a pond now.

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      IQplusone 5 years ago

      I love Koi - especially fun when you watch them being fed.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      How interesting, I didn't know the beautiful koi has so many species and meanings.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I absolutely love koi fish! One day I hope to have my own little koi pond. This is a very interesting lens. I never knew about the meanings of their names. Good information here. Thank you from sharing

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Koi are wonderful wet pets!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Koi are wonderful wet pets!