Koi of certain colours have their own particular symbolism. There are also meanings connected with different koi fish varities.
1. Pink Koi Fish
The pink color sometimes disappears as the koi grows larger and the skin thickens and the fish becomes a white koi, but some of these fish keep the pink tint for a long time or even years. Pink koi fish symbolizes femininity, female power, and particularly daughters.
2. Black Koi Fish (Karasu)
The all black koi fish is a symbol of masculinity, strength, fatherhood, and perseverance.
3. White and Red Koi Fish (Kohaku & Kuchibeni)
If the fish has a white body with red marks and spots (Kohaku) it signifies career success. The other variant, the white and red patterned fish has a red coloring around its mouth, like lipstick (Kuchibeni) it represents love and long-lasting relationships.
4. Red Koi Fish
There are no fully red koi carps, but there are many that include red in its variegation. Red koi tattoos represent motherhood, female power, strength and care.
5. Silver Koi Fish (Ogon)
With a solid platinum body, silver koi fish or Ogon represents wealth fulfillment through business success.
6. Yellow Koi Fish (Bekko)
The koi fish with a yellow body and black stripes (Bekko) symbolizes true love and it means “tortoiseshell” in Japanese.
7. Gold Koi Fish (Yamabuki)
Gold koi fish (Yamabuki) symbolizes riches, wealth, gold, and prosperity. It says wealth is on the way, and you need to use it wisely.
8. Blue Koi Fish (Shusui)
Blue koi fish represents masculinity and masculine energy as well as tranquility and peace. The shimmering blue signifies childhood and calmness.
9. White Koi Fish (Shiro Moji & Platinum Ogon)
A white bodied koi symbolises success at work or may also represent the son of a household.
10. White and Black Koi Fish (Kumonryu)
A koi with a white body and black spots or with an all-black body symbolises life’s transformations and future growth. It was named after the Japanese dragon of transformation.
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