Japanese Koi, Living Jewels and truly peaceful Gifts from God

Nishiki means beautiful or elegant things. Nishikigoi are "living jewels." The term has been used for over 200 years in Niigata, Japan. Koi are symbols of love and friendship in Japanese culture. They have become widely cherished, precious pets that truly are peaceful "Gifts from God".


Gosanke is a collection of three main types of Japanese Koi: Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa

AKA Matsuba

AKA refers to a nearly all red color and Matsuba refers to a pinecone pattern


Doitsu refers to a scaleless appearance


Ginrin refers to a sparkling look

Koi: Shiro Utsuri

Shiroji refers to a white color and Utsuri to a reflecting look

Ki Matsuba


Take your Japanese Koi for a walk

I think it is interesting that we don’t  think of our fish as a pet like a dog or a cat, but they are. You just don’t have to take them out for a walk. In the picture to the left I am literally lifting “Marty” out of the water and he is completely fine with it!

Nishikigoi are truly “show pieces”.

They are often associated with strength of character, perseverance, accomplishment and courage. They symbolize good fortune, success, prosperity and ambition. They are known for their longevity and have been shown to live for more than thirty years.

Highly social beings

They have individual personalities and are highly social beings. They do not like being alone.

They will recognize their care givers. They will recognize you or the kids. You will recognize when they are afraid or something is wrong. They will enjoy your company and  you will enjoy and admire theirs.

Your “OASIS” is yours.

The waterfall of your pond is splashing,  your sound system is playing Yanni, your koi are darting rhythmically across your pond.

Your “OASIS” is yours.
You deserve it.
You want it.
You earned it!!

It is so relaxing.

You’re unwinding. In 20 minutes you’re recharged, and ready to go.

Our mission

Our mission for you is to create your soothing oasis which will transform you from a world of stress to your own piece of paradise in your own backyard.

Feed your koi

You can feed your koi directly out of your hand. My fish do not get food unless they come to me and say hello!

You can whistle to them

You can call them or whistle to them and they will become conditioned to you. They will be happy to see you!!

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Personality

You will find that your koi have their own personalities: some are bold, some follow, others lead, some are aggressive, and some need coaxing.

Personally, I have El Tigre, Thor,”Marty” Brodeur,

Benny, Jack, Dub, Little Blue, Lorraine, Trey, Raider

and many, many others.

They obtain their names by their color, their size, their patterns, and their personality.

Your Nishikigoi Koi experience at JKFish can begin as simple as buying one or two of our  top-quality koi  like the two female koi to the left

Or as complex as a comprehensive koi pond design, with the correct design and location of your pond. We have over 30 years of experience in ponds, and we have seen people make mistake after mistake leading to stress and unhealthy unsustainable environment for your “swimming friends”. This is so often a result in poor planning, poor construction, and poor design of your pond. These mistakes are self-induced and with the proper guidance can be minimized or even eliminated. A properly set up pond should provide years of enjoyment with minimal maintenance and work.

Koi: Showa

Northeast koi

In the northeast koi are basically not fed from October to April depending on temperature. A bubbler is necessary to keep the water from freezing solid during the winter months. With the right food koi can grow very rapidly and their value increases as they grow.

Exciting tank

Many Koi enthusiast will bring their koi in for the winter which make for an active, exciting tank


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