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Taisho Sanke Koi

A new variety of Koi (Taisho Sanke) was formed during the 1900s. Breeders took the basic Kohaku patterns of white and red and added black (Sumi). The new breed was named Taisho Sanke but is often referred to as Sanke or Sanshoku.

Breeders often say that a high-quality Taisho Sanke pattern starts with a great Kohaku pattern. The addition of black is sort after.



Taisho Sanke Koi normally have some big, red/orange patches that are the base of their colour pattern. The white base colour should be seen between the patches. The black pattern should not show up on the koi fish head. Taisho Sanke is bred by crossing a Kohaku with a Shiro Bekko.


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