Kumonryu was a Japanese legend that tells of a dragon (Ryu) transforming into a cloud and racing through the sky. Kumonryu translates from Japanese as ‘nine crested dragon’.
This stunningly unique Koi has smooth, scaleless skin (known as Doitsu) which is derived from cross breeding Koi with similarly scaleless German mirror carp. Kumonryu have a White background or base skin colour (known as Shiroji). This is overlaid with Black patterning (known as Sumi) which in this variety is extremely unstable. The pattern of a Kumonryu can change dramatically overnight, based on parameters such as water temperature, water hardness, pH and maturity.
Kumonryu were developed by breeding Shusui with Matsukawa Bakke. This eventually produced the Black and White scaleless Koi we associate with Kumonryu. There is another variation of this, which involves the addition of Red (known as Beni Kumonryu). In 1994 Kumonryu became officially recognised as a category at the All-Japan Koi Show.
The ever-changing pattern of Kumonryu makes it an incredibly interesting fish to own… What you see is certainly not what you get. To put it simply, you never know how this fish may look next time you check your pond. A fantastic addition to any koi pond.
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