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Play It Koi - Koi Fish

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The Showa is a magnificent Koi. They are black Koi, with a white and red pattern.The white, red, and black all fit together perfectly. The beauty of this Koi is a true example of the Japanese breeder's ability to creature living works of art. A good Showa will have a nice balance of color. The pattern must be easy on the eyes and there should be sharp edges between the patterns. Showa are created by breeding a Kohaku with a Shiro Utsuri.

The Japanese Showa, also known as Showa Sanshoku is a member of the "Gosanke" category of ornamental Koi and is highly prized for its balanced pattern and sharp colors.

Many people have a hard time telling the difference between a Showa and a Sanke. Here is the difference:

  1. Showa are black Koi, with a white and red pattern. Sanke are white Koi, with red and black patterns.
  2. Showa have black on their heads. Sanke don't.

Important - Please read before purchase: We are currently not shipping koi. If you decide to purchase online, please call us at (844) 752-9485 or email us at before you checkout to guarantee availability. On a weekly basis (every Saturday) we update our inventory lists and quantities to reflect current stock. However, as we have shipments arriving from Japan as well as customers coming in and buying every day of the week, availability may vary. Once you contact us, we will check the availability and reserve your fish, otherwise these fish are on a first come, first serve basis. Also, please note that the Images on this page are intended only to give you a visual representation of what the breed generally looks like and are not pictures of the koi you are purchasing. we have way too many to choose from and updating these constantly is not realistic. I can send you actual pictures upon request but we encourage you to stop by to store to see in person (

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Outstanding Service & Great Product Selection!

I was so pleased to have found Play It Koi. Very nice selection of Koi and a wonderful selection of pond supplies! I only wish I knew you existed before the season ended! Thank you Ben for accommodating my request to visit in the off season.