What In The World Are Kujaku Koi?

There are many different types of koi. There are, in fact, so many types it might be a bit mind-blowing for you. One such koi-variety is the kujaku koi which is what this post is about. They look like a living jewel that really shines.

In this post, we discuss the characteristics of this koi and where you can go to get your own. The online stores mentioned are also a good source of information if you are new to koi. 

What Are Kujaku Koi?

 –The Kujaku, not to be confused with kohaku,  is a metallic or Ogon koi with a reticulated net-like pattern like an Asagi koi on its back. … Because it is a metallic koi, the sheen and luster of the skin are thought to be one of the most important traits to look for on this koi breed. 

A cross-breed of the Goshiki and Hikarimuji, the full name of this koi carp is Kujaku Ogon. In English, this translates to “Peacock”. This breed has had increasing popularity of late and when judged in shows they are judged in a class of their own. This is due to their own uniqueness

Kujaku is considered one of the most popular koi in the Hikari Moyo class because of its shiny luster. Hikari is a Japanese term for describing the metal skin. Moyo means ‘of more than one color.’ 

If there isn’t a thick metallic Platinum base, then it’s not a Kujaku. It’s some other kind of koi. 

Why would someone want kujaku?

There are certain qualities and traits that kujaku koi fish that sets them apart from other koi types. They are a very attractive fish that any koi owner would be pleased to have occupying their freshwater ponds. What cool qualities do kujaku koi have?

  • Shiny, lustrous scales
  • A dark-colored pattern resembling a net down its back
  • Bright patches of color such as red
  • White “ground” between the color patches

Ooh, That’s Shiny!

If you put a kujaku koi and a different koi together the first thing you will probably notice is the shiny coat of the kujaku as compared to the other. Some kujaku are duller though and that makes them less valuable than the ones who shine bright. So the first and foremost admirable trait for the kujaku koi is the shiny coat.

 The Net-Like Black Pattern 

These fish have a net-like pattern going down the middle of their back seen on top and laying over red, yellow, or other colors. The pattern can be really dark black, a lighter grey, or a brownish hue. The very black coloring is better value-wise in the fish trade.

Hopefully, It Has Some Good White To It

The white skin coloring between the patches or plates is referred to as the “ground”, or in Japanese, it is called “shiroji”. On kujaku, and any other koi really, the cleaner this shiroji is the better. It is stunning when the white backs up against the red “hi” or the gold that some kujaku have.


This koi breed can sometimes have up to 5 colors. The different color variation really varies amongst them. These colors are gold, red, yellow, orange, and white of different color depths.

An Important Factoid To Note:

There is a breed of koi called the Doitsu. Doitsu means scaleless koi. Some kujaku are Doitsu Kujaku and they are, you guessed it, scaleless. Now you may show up asking “Wait one gosh darn minute Randall, if Kujaku have the traited colored net-like pattern of scales going down their backs then how can a scaleless Kujaku even exist?”

The first thing I’ll ask is ”Who are you and what are you doing in my house?”

Then I’ll proceed to explain that they definitely exist. In some varieties of koi being scaleless may not affect their value much, but the nature of kujaku makes it a bigger deal. So the koi is scaleless, but the black pattern is still there. The absence of scales that the regular kujaku have makes the black coloring unappealing to the eye.

There is the diamond in the rough that comes about sometimes though. If the scales are symmetrical in appearance it is better than the ones that are uneven looking. 

Who sells kujaku koi?

The Fish Hatcheries And Farms

Fish hatcheries and koi farms are a good place to go in order to hunt up good, quality koi to stock your pond with. Kujaku fish are pretty popular but may disappear quickly so you might want to get a jump on it. These farms usually have websites that have food, pond gadgets, sculptures, and other types of fish to give your backyard water feature some variety and more functionality. Here are the places to find a kujaku koi sale on.

Kujaku Koi- Article Image

Kloubec Koi

The Kloubec Koi Farm Store(https://www.kloubeckoi.com/) had 4 kujaku koi for sale as of this writing. It is an interesting site as it has features like Ellens Education to give you more koi info, or you can ask her a question in live chat. There is another section called Myron’s Koi Care which deals with koi health. These are both good references to expand your knowledge of koi. They also have wholesale opportunities for the business-minded

Reach them by phone:
 (319) 846-2077
or direct mail:
1375 Baxter Ave NW,
Amana, IA

Blue Ridge Koi

Blue Ridge Koi (https://blueridgekoi.com/) -This is where butterfly koi got started in popularity. They have a glowing testimonials page with business owners singing their praises. They are not open to the public though and only deal with actual dealers and resellers

A nice feature that they have is under the “Resources and Info” section they have a Koi Variety Guide that helps you to navigate the often tail-spinning task of deciding what different koi are which kind you want. If you are a dealer you can contact them at 336-788-6770

 Live Aquaria

Live Aquaria(https://www.liveaquaria.com/) is a one-stop-shop aquatic store with all your freshwater pond needs. And they have kujaku koi in stock currently, but I don’t know how long supplies last. The main menu consists of:

  • Freshwater fish
  • Freshwater Plants
  • Freshwater Inverts
  • Pond
  • Food
  • Aquarium supplies
  • Sales and Clearance
  • Marine Fish
  • Coral
  • Reef Cleaner Packs
  • Marine Invert/Plant
  • Reef Rock
  • Ora Fish/Coral/Inv

They look like the Wal-Mart for pond-keepers in that they have everything a koi-keeper needs to survive. 

You can reach them by phone:
or e-mail:
or direct mail:
2389 Air Park Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501


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Amazon reigns supreme. Where the site above is like the koi keepers Wal-Mart Amazon is the MegaMall. Going to Amazons Fish Destinationwill automatically transport you to all things fish that Amazon has, including koi, koi food, and other necessities like plants. They have a deal that lets them sell koi from Blue Ridge Fishery and they are their butterfly koi variety. They also have plants like water hyacinths and water lettuce that serve 2 functions in that they oxygenate the pond and provide shade for koi to get under in the hotter times of the day.

Next Day Koi 

Next Day Koi (https://nextdaykoi.com/) has koi-shipping down to a science. Like the name suggests, if you order koi from them it can be at your doorstep the next day. They have a large amount of kujaku carp in stock. They seem to have more than the other sites here for some reason.

You can reach them by phone
or e-mail

They have a pretty impressive customer testimonial page that you can look at to get an idea of other people’s experiences shopping there.

You can check them out here to see what they might have in store for you.

Final Thoughts

Kujaku Koi carp are for koi-keepers who like their fish to be elegant. We covered the traits to look for to determine whether a koi is a kujaku type and where to shop for them. Do you have an interest in kujaku koi and owning one yourself?

Remember to look for a bright and shiny coat along with a terrific net-like pattern that will tell you that you have found yourself a kujaku koi fish. I hope I made it clear enough what this fish looks like so you’re not confused as to what to look for. I like gold and lustered coat on a clean white ground with the netting dark and very visible.

Do you have trust issues buying just on the internet? Kloubec has farms you can visit, by appointment, yourself if you are in the neighborhood. See these beautiful koi up close and personal. I hope you had a good time reading and happy koi-hunting.

4 thoughts on “What In The World Are Kujaku Koi?”

  1. Wow I want to say thank you for taking out time to write on such an amazing article “what in the world are kujaku koi”. This article has been really educating. Basically I have never heard nor seen a kujaku koi before and I must confess they are beautiful. I think I would want to get one of those.Thanks once again for this article.

    • Hey Sheddy

      Then the Amazon link or the Next Day Koi link in the article are good resources for you. Amazon sells bulk packages and Next Day sales individual fish. Since koi are social animals you might want to get more than one though. Thanks for taking time to comment

  2. Hi, this is a good post on this particular type of fish. It is a good review  and those who are in need will usually get in touch with the contacts you have provided. God has created several beautiful things including the Kujaku Koi which looks very colourful. I will do online search to try to get the English translation of the name so that i can look for the fish locally because I will like to see this shiny beautiful fish. Cheers 

    • Hey Joseph

      You don’t have to go get the English name of this koi because here in the US at least they are sold as Kujaku koi. Koi are actually originally a Japanese fish. When they were first bred they were meant to be a food, but people rarely eat them now and prefer to have them as “living jewels” in their pond.

      The English speaking crowd also call them the same as the Japanese. Not all koi fisheries are open to the public. A lot of them just deal with other dealers. I don’t know where you live, but maybe you can look up local koi dealers to find some kujaku koi carp for yourself.


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