High Quality Koi, also known as Taisho Sanshoku or Sanke, originate in Japan, and are imported from Asia. Pure white coloration is adorned with red (hi) and black (sumi) markings over the body. Sanke Koi are part of "Gosanke," or "The Three Families," which also includes Kohaku and Showa Koi. In the United States, "Gosanke" Koi are often referred to as "The Big Three." The Sanke Koi we are offering are rated by breeders as AAA Grade Select - the highest rating these fish can receive. They are produced by some of the best brood stock in Asia. While Sanke Koi can live longer than 200 years, they typically live 25 to 35 years. These high-quality Japanese Koi are a product of years of professional breeding, and will turn your pond into a showcase of champions. Taisho Sanke Koi are a must for the avid hobbyist.
The ideal setup for Sanke Koi is a 1000+ gallon pond with a fine gravel substrate, rocks, and hardy plants. Because these Koi savor plant roots and will dig to get to them, be sure to place large rocks around the base of plants to protect them. You will also need to provide adequate filtration to maintain proper water conditions.
Males are easily recognized by their concave anal section and occasionally by breeding spots on the head. Spawning may result in as many as 1,000 eggs, with fry emerging in approximately 4 to 7 days, depending on the water temperature. Feed fry small live foods or frozen daphnia for the first 3 to 4 weeks. At that time, gradually change their diet to crushed flake and pellet foods. Their color will emerge in about 3 to 12 weeks.
Feed Sanke Koi a quality pellet or flake food.
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 3-1/2" to 6"; Large: 6" to 7"