Be an Exhibitor at the 2017 Trade Show


We are pleased to invite you to be an exhibitor at our 25th annual combined koi and trade show!

This year we are holding our show on June 23rd through the 25th.

We will be at the same great venue as last year this year. We will be at the MAX Exposition hall in McCook, IL.  We will have room for a few more booth spaces than past years, but expect the spaces to go quickly.

Trade show

Looking at the Vats

We usually attract 1100 to 1200 visitors to our show. They are mostly people interested in water gardening, ponds, water features, and gardening and outdoor living in general.  We expect this year’s show to be even bigger and better for several reasons!  It is our 25th annual koi show.  This year the national association of koi judges will be having their annual meeting in conjunction with our koi and trade show, so about 20 of the nation’s top koi experts will be on hand. We have a committee formed solely to promote our show through printed materials, as well as social media, etc.

We would like to have you join us as an exhibitor!

Fill out the 2017 trade show booth reservation.  Download the 2017 KOI SHOW RULES. If you are an exhibitor who sells live koi, you may want to reserve a 2017 Koi Show Vat. While koi dealers are prohibited from exhibiting in the koi show, many times visitors purchase koi and would like to enter them into the competition. If the dealer has a vat reserved, this is possible without concerns of mixing koi from different sources without quarantine, etc. If you are interested, a form for show vat rental is attached.  Also, we offer several other opportunities to help offset the cost of putting on our show and promote our hobby. You will find a form attached where you can sponsor one or more of the awards given to the winners of the koi show. We also have a large raffle table near the club table at the entrance to the show. If you are able to contribute items for the raffle, please contact . You will also find a form attached to reserve seats at awards banquet, this is a great informal place to meet and great with our members. You are all welcome to join us!

If you order items on more than one form, you can make your total payment with one check made payable to MPKS.

Space will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

If you are an out of town exhibitor, and need to ship items for your booth in advance (NO fish or live goods!) please contact me at the email address below.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me:

Bruce Zierk

MPKS trade show chair.

New Petition by Center for Invasive Species Prevention has huge implications for koi hobby


The Koi Industry and Koi Hobby are in Jeopardy!

Written by Ellen Kloubec

Believe it or not, the US government is considering the inclusion of our beloved Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to its injurious species list. Being on the injurious species list would mean the movement of the species is strictly prohibited. The transportation of Koi across any state line would become illegal: a felony with penalties, both monetary and prison sentences being imposed. Such movement of Koi, as well as the importation of Koi, would be considered a direct violation of the U.S. Lacey Act.

If this occurs, it will become a federal crime for individuals to transport pet koi outside of their home state to participate in koi shows. No longer could any koi be purchased from outside of your home state. You would no longer have the option to purchase or import koi from Japan, or any other country. No koi will be allowed to cross state lines. Imagine, even in the event of relocation or retirement, you will be a charged with a felony if you move to another state and take your pet koi with you! The Koi hobby and industry will be devastated!

Read the U.S. Lacey Act at this link

How is This Possible?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) received a petition on September 23, 2016 to list 43 native and nonnative aquatic species as Injurious Wildlife under the authority granted by the Lacey Act.

The title: Petition: To Amend 50 CFR §16.13 to List 43 High Risk Fish, Crayfish, and Mollusk Species as Injurious Species under the Lacey Act

The petition includes the black acara, blue catfish, common carp (i.e., koi), grass carp, guppies, Jaguar guapote, three plecos (Amazon, Orinoco and vermiculated sailfin catfish), red swamp crawfish, and three tilapias (i.e., blue, Mozambique and Nile).  Many of the crayfish farmers in the south and tilapia producers throughout the country will be impacted.

The petition came from the Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP, a private, non-government organization).

Read the entire CISP petition at this link.

See a Flow Chart on the Evaluation Process for Inclusion on the Injurious Species List

What Can Be Done?

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is a private entity that helps in the fight against changing regulations that could be detrimental to the aquaculture industry in the US. It is currently objecting to these proposed changes. As an active member of the NAA, Kloubec Koi Farm receives the latest information in regards to this issue and we will continue to pass pertinent information on to maintain awareness of any changes.

The US FWS must assess all petitions received, and it calls for public input on each one. At this time the US Fish & Wildlife Service is welcoming information on this issue. They’d like to hear from the industry, growers, sellers, consumers and hobbyists who may oppose the petition to include common carp (Cyprinus carpio) (i.e, Koi) to the national injurious species list.

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for a determination. We certainly would like to raise as much opposition to this issue as possible in a relatively quick manner. It is in the hobby and industry’s best interests to be pro-active rather than re-active, should an unfavorable ruling be imposed.

Please help in the fight against the CISP petition!

Send comments to:

Mr. Craig Martin, Chief

Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species

US Fish & Wildlife Service

5275 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA  22041

Phone: (703) 358-1932


Send a copy of your comments to:

National Aquaculture Association

PO Box 12759

Tallahassee, FL  32317-2759

Phone: (850) 216-2400


In addition to contacting the two entities above, it would be beneficial to contact your state legislators as well. You may use this link to find the appropriate office in your state for voicing an opinion: Who is my representative?

Write, call and email the offices to let them know that you strongly disagree with the inclusion of common carp, Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to the injurious species list of the United States of America and the proposed regulation change.

A sample letter is here to assist in addressing this complicated issue. Please feel free to use all or any of it, and add to it as you see fit. Please be firm, yet polite when voicing your strong opposition to the proposed regulation change.

I’d like to share an interesting fact about the common carp. In my conversations with the President of the Nation Aquaculture Association regarding this issue I was enlightened on just how the common carp was introduced to the United States. Back in 1877 the US Fish & Wildlife Service, in its infancy operating under a different name, the US Fish Commission intentionally stocked the common carp throughout the USA waters for two decades as a food source for the millions of immigrants populating our nation. At that time, it seemed like a good idea. Now there is no hope of eradicating the species.

Unfortunately, our genetically selected pets (Koi) are included in the entire species known as Cyprinus carpio and may be subject to these proposed stifling regulations proposed by the CISP; limiting its production, movement, and all of our enjoyment associated with the koi species and hobby.

In closing, I encourage everyone to make at least ONE contact regarding this issue to help prevent the inclusion of Koi to the injurious species list.

Spread the word to increase our chances of prevailing!

Your Friends in Koi,

Ellen Kloubec, Myron Kloubec & The Kloubec Koi Farm Staff

In addition to the above information, please take a few minutes to read three additional documents which highlight this issue:

  1. Sample letter to be used when corresponding with legislative representatives
  2. Injurious Wildlife Petition Summary and Action Plan
  3. Hi-risk Petition Final

Order bulbs from De Vroomen

Tulip Bulb Order for 2017 is due August 15th.

Note: The 2017 catalog will be listed here by July 1st.

MPKS is placing a special club order with DeVroomen for tulips, etc. To be part of this club order, the following information should be sent via mail or email to

TulipsFor your order, please include

Your name and phone number.

For each item, please list:

Quantity, part number, description, and price, or you can download the order form, fill it out, and send it to Charlene.


Depending on the volume of the order, the club may receive a discount. The bulbs will be shipped to MPKS during the month of September.

You may view the catalog online here . The pricing information is in the orderform pdf file. The quantity listed is how many bulbs are in the package. Only whole packages may be ordered. MPKS is not splitting packages.

2016 Koi Show Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2016 Koi Show,
held June 24-26 at The Max in McCook, Illinois.


Supreme Grand Champion

Paul Korf 

Size 7 (Over 28″)


Reserve Grand Champion

Tony & Diane Malone

Size 7 (Over 28″)


Grand Champion B

Troy Head

Hikari Moyo-T
Size 7 (Over 28″)


Mature Champion

Tony & Diane Malone

Size 5 (20″–24″)


Mature Champion B

Bill & Jan Doyle

Gin Rin A-S
Size 5 (20″–24″)


Young Champion

Peter Wong

Size 4 (16″–20″)


Young Champion B

Chris & Cheryl Carter

Koromo/Goshiki-S –
Size 4 (16″–20″)


Baby Champion A

Bill & Jan Doyle

Size 1 (Under 8″)


Baby Champion B

Rick & Pam Jokerst

Size 2 (8″–12″)


Sakura Award – Michelle Gravenish – Kawarigoi-S – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Botan Award – Dick Hadley – KHikari Muji – Size 6 (24″–28″)

Tsubaki Award – Paul Korf – Hikari Moyo-T – Size 6 (24″–28″)

Jumbo Award – Tony & Diane Malone – Utsuri – Size 7 (Over 28″)

Most Unique Koi – Michelle Gravenish – Kawarigoi-S – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Best Tosai – Scott Davis – Gin Rin A-S Size 1 (Under 8″)

President’s Award – Ray Alexander – Asagi/Shusui-B – Size 7 (Over 28″)

AKJA Judges’ Award – Peter Wong – HikarI Muji-B – Size 6 (24″–28″)

St. Louis Water Garden Society – Ed Buck – Kawarigoi-S Size 4 (16″–20″)

Greater Louisville Koi & Goldfish Society – John & Pat Hall – Hikari Utsuri-T – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Michigan Koi & Pond Club – Ray & Charlene Cebulski – Kawarigoi-S – Size 6 (Over 28″)

NMZNA – Michelle Gravenish – Sanke – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Eastern Iowa Pond Society – Gregory & Judy Rekan – Hikari-Moyo-T – Size 1 (Under 8″)

Friendship Award – Ray & Charlene Cebulski – Hikari Moyo-T – Size 3 (12″–16″)

Awards by Entrant

Best in Variety Kohaku (Size 6)
Best in Size 3 (Kohaku)
First Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 7)
Best in Size 5 (Showa)
Best in Size 6 (Kohaku)
First Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Third Place Sanke (Size 2)
First Place Kohaku (Size 5)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 5)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 5)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 5)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Best in Variety Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
Best in Variety Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 4)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 3)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 3)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
First Place Hikari Utsuri-B (Size 2)
Best in Variety Longfin (Size 7)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 6)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Third Place Sanke (Size 4)
Third Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Third Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Best in Variety Bekko-B (Size 2)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 1)
First Place Bekko-B (Size 2)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 2)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 2)
Third Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
Davis, D
First Place Sanke (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 4)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
Second Place Sanke (Size 2)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
Third Place Showa (Size 2)
Davis, S
Best in Variety Hikari Utsuri-T (Size 5)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 1)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 2)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
Second Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
Third Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 1)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
Best in Variety Sanke (Size 6)
Best in Variety Gin Rin B-S (Size 5)
First Place Sanke (Size 6)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 6)
Second Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Best in Variety Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 5)
First Place Sanke (Size 7)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 6)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 5)
Second Place Showa (Size 6)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 5)
Best in Size 4 (Kohaku)
First Place Kohaku (Size 4)
First Place Sanke (Size 1)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 2)
Second Place Sanke (Size 1)
Second Place Sanke (Size 4)
Second Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 2)
Third Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Third Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
First Place Utsuri (Size 1)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 7)
Second Place Longfin Size 7)
Third Place Sanke (Size 6)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
Third Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
First Place Kohaku (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 2)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 5)
Third Place Sanke (Size 5)
Second Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
Best in Size 7 (Kohaku)
First Place Kohaku (Size 2)
First Place Kohaku (Size 7)
First Place Sanke (Size 5)
First Place Showa (Size 6)
First Place Utsuri (Size 7)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 2)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
First Place Longfin (Size 7)
First Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 4)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 1)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 3)
First Place Longfin (Size 7)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 4)
Second Place Sanke (Size 3)
Second Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 1)
Best in Variety Hikari Moyo-T (Size 6)
Best in Variety Tancho-T (Size 3)
First Place Sanke (Size 4)
First Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 5)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Second Place Showa (Size 2)
Third Place Longfin (Size 7)
Best in Variety Utsuri (Size 6)
Best in Size 1 (Utsuri)
Best in Size 2 Gin Rin A-S
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 1)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 2)
First Place Sanke (Size 2)
First Place Showa (Size 1)
First Place Showa (Size 2)
First Place Utsuri (Size 2)
First Place Utsuri (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 5)
Second Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 1)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 3)
Second Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Third Place Sanke (Size 1)
Third Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Second Place Sanke (Size 6)
Third Place Showa (Size 6)
Best in Variety Showa (Size 5)
Best in Variety Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 5)
Best in Variety Hikari Muji-B (Size 6)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 2)
First Place Showa (Size 5)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Second Place Sanke (Size 5)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 3)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 5)
Second Place Showa (Size 5)

Koi History by Ray Jordan

picture1No written history was kept of the early development of colored carp. Oral history of colored carp/koi is sketchy and often there are many different variations on how specific varieties of koi were developed. That said, here is the version that rings most true to my ear.


Origin/Distribution of Cyprinus carpio


It is believed that the common river carp originated in the Caspian & Black sea area. Carp were traded and carried father and farther from their original location because of their ability to survive in many different types of climates and waterways.





Common river carp have been raised for food for thousands of years.

Carp sometimes have natural mutations of colors including spots or bellies that are red, brown, grey, light blue/grey, light yellow, and tortoiseshell. Carp farmers all over the world would have seen these same mutations but only in the Niigata area of Japan were carp developed and refined successfully by selective breeding to eventually become what we know today as living jewels (koi).




Carp in Eastern Cultures

  • Carp is an Auspicious Animal believed to possess special attributes – Strength, Health, Persistence, Luck, Wealth, & Destiny
  • There is an important myth of a carp leaping up a waterfall and swimming tirelessly upstream to reach the headwater. When it succeeded, it was rewarded by transformation into a mighty dragon. In China, images or statues of carp are a traditional gift to a student beginning school.
  • In Japan, auspicious colors are red, white, black, blue, yellow, & brown.
  • The color Red (aka) is an expression of happy or bright feelings. Red evokes images of fortunate or happy occasions, symbolized by red and white as seen on kohaku.
  • “Nishikigoi begins and ends with Kohaku.”
  • Japanese prefer the majority of koi in a pond should be Kohaku to convey bright, happy feelings.

Carp sometimes have natural mutations of colors including spots or bellies that are red, brown, grey, light blue/grey, light yellow, and tortoiseshell. Carp farmers all over the world would have seen these same mutations but only in the Niigata area of Japan were carp developed and refined successfully by selective breeding to eventually become what we know today as living jewels (koi).

Why Were Koi Created Only in Niigata, Japan?

  • Very isolated in winter
  • 20+ feet of snow accumulation
  • Lack of fresh food in winter
  • Very Artistic/Creative/Competitive People
  • Profit – Colored Carp were valuable
  • Competitions (Annual Formal Koi Shows in Niigata area since 1912)
  • Artistic – Create something new, exciting, & unique.

It is believed carp first came to Japan by way of China about 400 – 600 years ago. Likely the remoteness of the mountainous Niigata area and especially in their harsh winters, with up to 20 ft of accumulated snow, inspired these home-bound villagers to find something beautiful to occupy their minds. Winters were so harsh that some carp had to be brought into temporary ponds inside their small homes to survive.


It is incredible to think that some bored rice/carp farmer, gazing at some of his pet magoi with a few red or gold spots, started thinking “I can breed Spot and Speckles and create a new type of colorful carp and then sell them for lots of Yen.”
Imagine what he would think if he could return today and see how popular, beautiful and expensive some of the descendants of his pet fish experiment had become.

Carp in Niigata: Breeding for Color Begins

Key Dates in Koi History
1889 – Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) bred 1st modern kohaku
1904 – 1st German carp imported and bred to asagi
1908 – Post Russo/Japan War boom – colored carp prices soar – sales banned – 1st koi shows
1914 – Patterned Carp Exhibition in Tokyo
1917 – Elizaburo Hoshino, bred 1st Taisho sanke
1927 – Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei) bred 1st Showa sanke
WW II – Most koi lost – confiscated for food
1946 – Sawata Aoki created first Yamabuki Ogon
1950 – Hiroshima area produced 1st gin rin Kohaku
1960 – First plastic bags & use of oxygen
1964 – Tomiji Kobayashi developed new style showa
1968 – ZNA formed – 1st ZNA – All Japan Show
1980 – AKCA formed

Dark and light Asagis

Some of the earliest accidental occurring types of colored carp seen were Magoi (large black wild carp) with red bellies. From these early colored carp came three types of “different magoi.” Finally three separate branches of koi genealogy emerged.

It is believed that Magoi & Hi-goi and crosses produced “black based” koi. First came Hi (red) and Ki (yellow) bekkos with black tortoise shell markings.


From darker Asagis came Goshiki, then later Koromo, Aka and Ki Matsubas, Karasu (all black), Hageshiro (black with white fins), and Matsukawa-bake (black with changeable white pattern).

From lighter blue based asagis came the white based koi. Taki-asagi (White sided) were the type of asagi used to eventually produce the first Kohaku. About 1830, Taki-asagi pairings produced a few white carp with red spots. These were the first colored carp to be called Kohaku (Red & White) and were the early ancestors of the modern Kohaku which is still the most popular koi kept today.

kohakuIn the late 1800’s there were a few unique red & white fish produced from breeding Taki Asagis. . In 1889 Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) bred a female carp that was white with a red head to a male carp with a red cherry blossom pattern to produce the first modernkohaku.

Kohakus were bred with Goshiki – Asagi and/or Hi Bekkos to produce the first “old style” Sankes and also shiro bekkos. In the post Russo/Japan war boom years the koi market exploded and prices soared to the point that the sale of koi was banned for awhile. But like our own Prohibition, the koi black market thrived. After a few years the sale of koi was permitted – and taxed – again.
Imagine after the fall harvest groups of rustic Niigata carp/koi farmers celebrating in Ojita City with pockets bulging with yen made by selling their “colored” carp.
Must have been quite a celebration.

Carp in Niigata: Breeding for Color Continues

aka, beni, hi = different shades of red
sumi = black
shiro = white
ki – yellow
motoguro= black spots at the base of pectoral fins

In 1917 a Niigata koi farmer, Elizaburo Hoshino, bred a special male kohaku with a female Ai Goromo which had just a few spots of sumi netting. This produced the 1st Taisho sanke sanshoku (modern type).
About the same time, Ki bekkos were bred with magoi to produce the first Ki Utsuri.


Finally Hi and/or Ki Utsuri and Kohaku or White-ish Kawarigoi with red spots were bred by Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei). He produced the first “original style” Showa that looked somewhat like Hi/Ki utsuri in the early 20th century. These early showas had goshiki-like (grayish) shiro and striped fins.












The next change was accomplished by breeding showa to asagi, which helped produce motoguro marked fins. In 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi crossed a Male Yogozen Kohaku with a female showa to produce a new style showa with a large dorsal crimson red pattern. It also had a brighter white ground without netting, deep wrapping sumi that formed motoguro, and a zigzag pattern on the head.

Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei) produced the first “original style” Showa that looked somewhat like Hi/Ki utsuri in the early 20th century. These early showas had goshiki like (grayish) shiro and striped fins. Next change was accomplished by breeding to asagi which helped produce motoguro marked fins.

In 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi crossed a Male Yogozen Kohaku with a female showa to produce a new style showa with a large dorsal crimson red pattern. It also had a brighter white ground without netting, deep wrapping sumi that forms motoguro, and a zigzag pattern on head.




















There were three additional major steps in the development of the modern koi we see today.

1. Doitsu

First, German carp, which were scale-less and tan colored, were introduced into Japan in 1904. Some early crosses with Asagi produced Shusui, Chagoi, and Kumonryu. These fish, which have very few or no scales, are called “doitsu” – the Japanese pronunciation of “Deutch”.
Most types of koi bred today have had a doitsu version produced. Some popular varieties such as kujaku were actually first produced in the doitsu form and later crossed with scaled koi to develop into the form and pattern we know today.

2. Metallic

Second, in 1921, Sawata Aoki heard the story of a special carp with streaks of gold on its dorsal fin, which had been caught in the river near Hirose village about 30 kilometers away. Sawata felt compelled to walk to the area and see this carp. It was a black magoi with a shine at the base of its dorsal fin. He bought it for a high price and took it home.

After he allowed it to grow large he bred it, keeping only the very few babies that had any golden shine. Over the next 25 years he produced koi there were more and more metallic – Kin Kabuto, Gin Kabuto, Kinbo and Sakin.


In 1946 Sawata spent a small fortune, 60 yen, to buy a famous female koi of the shiro-fuji (White with shiny silvery head) type which he crossed with his own most improved metallic offspring. This was at the end of World War II and times were very hard. There was no money to buy food for the koi fry so he would catch insects all day and chew them into tiny bits to feed his fry. The people of his village believed he was crazy.

By the end of the summer there were two koi out of this group that had a shining gold sheen all over their bodies. They were also twice the size of their brothers and sisters. These were the original ogon koi (metallic golden scaled dark koi). Can there be any doubt that the special care and devotion shown by Sawata to his creations has produced generations of ogon koi that seem to be more easily tamed than any other type of koi?

Sadly, Sawata never benefited from his creation. He spent everything he had, and he and his family lived in rags, to produce a few first ogons. Later other breeders like Takehira Hoshide would acquire his ogon offspring and develop more refined brightly colored Yambukis (gold) and Platinums (silver). The first of these 2nd generation ogons sold for huge sums of money. Ogons are the basis for creating all the metallic types of koi we see today, including Kin Showa, Kujaku, Hariwake, Yamato Nishiki, and Kikiuryus.

3. Ginrin

Third, in Hiroshima (Southern Japan) about 1920 some magoi were discovered that had scales along their backs that sparkled like diamonds. These diamond type scales were first called “Dia Ginrin”.

Many attempts were made to breed these magoi to get baby koi with these types of scales all over the body. Then these Dia Ginrin koi were bred to popular types of koi.

About 1950 the first kinginrin kohaku appeared. Some of these first Dia Kohakus sold for $30,000 in the 1950’s. Dia Ginrin is more commonly called Hiroshima ginrin today.

Several other types of gin rin have been developed including Tama also called pearl gin, beta gin, and kado, also called “edge”, gin.
It is amazing to think that in a little over 100 years all the 100+ named varieties we know today were developed. Most since World War II when almost all koi were lost in Japan due to lack of food and orders from the military to forfeit all carp to be eaten. Fortunately the core koi brood stock was hidden in secluded Shinto temple ponds. After the war the survivors were recovered and breeding began again. But that is another story entirely.

Carp/Koi History Terms
Carp – Common River Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Goi – Japanese for Carp
Magoi – Japanese for black carp grown for food
Variety First bred about Breeder Parent Koi Parent Koi
Asagi Early 1800's Spontaneous generation Lighter colored Asagi Magoi
Ki Bekko Mid 1800'sSpontaneous generation Magoi Hi-goi
Kohaku 1889 Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) White female(red head) White male (red-cherry blossom pattern)
Original Sanke 1890-1900 ?Kohaku Shiro Bekko
Shusui 1910 Kichigoro Akiyama Asagi sankeDoitsu mirror carp
Ki Utsuri 1921 Elzaburo HoshinoKi Bekko Magoi
Ki Utsuri (refined)1924 Mosaku Hiroi Ki Utsuri Ki Utsuri
Shiro Utsuri 1925 Kazui Minemura Magoi  
1926 or 1927 Jukichi Hoshino

(M) Ki or Hi Utsuri (F) Kohaku or red/white Kawarigoi
Dark Ogon 1946 Sawata Aoki Kinbo Kin Kabuto
Yamabuki Ogon 1957 Sawata Aoki Ki-goi Light colored Ogon
Doitsu Kujaku 1960 Toshio Hirasawa Hariwaki Shusui
Platinum Ogon 1963 Tadao Yoshioko Ki-goi Nezu Ogon
Midori-goi 1963 Tacho Yodhioka Male Yamabuki OgonFemale Shusui
Kobaysahi Showa 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi (M) Yagozen Kohaku(F) Showa
Yamato-Nishiki 1965 Seikichi Hoshino Sanke Ogon
Beni Kumanryu 1980 Megumi Yoshida Male Kumanryu Female Doitsu Kohaku
Kikikuryu 1993 Kataoka & Aoki Kumanryu Doitsu Kikusui
Beni Kikikuryu 1995 Kataoka & Aoki Beni Kumanryu Doitsu Kikusui



Koi Pattern Development






























Champions, Then…










…and Now







Copyright 2006 Ray Jordan


Directions to The MAX avoid traffic (2016 show)

What Google Maps, MapQuest, or your car’s navigational GPS don’t tell you!

Admittedly Google Maps, MapQuest, or your car’s navigation GPS will provide you with accurate direct routes to the MPKS Koi Show at the MAX Conference Center, 4750 Vernon Avenue in McCook, Illinois. However, accurate direct routes don’t take into account existing local traveling and traffic impediments. If you want to avoid road construction projects and railroad crossings in the area that can cause significant traffic delays, you might want to take one of the local area routes we suggest to bypass these potentially frustrating traveling impediments. We have provided maps for three local street intersections as area starting points with directions to the MPKS Koi Show site.

Getting to any of the three area starting intersection points is best left for you, depending upon your departure location and route preferences you may have. To assist you, we provide you with a set of various maps. Map #1 provides a Metropolitan Chicago area view of major arterial Interstate Highways to orient you to the general location of the three Intersection starting points and their relationship to the McCook Koi Show site and it. Map #2 provides a more closeup view of the area encompassed by the three localized “starting points. Maps X1, X2, and X3 are also included for providing a more closeup detailed view specific to each “starting intersection” point. Map #4 provides a closeup aerial photo of the Conference site, including parking area and access door location.

Map #1: Provides a general directional overview and location orientation. Each of the initial local area intersection “Starting Points” has a large encircled red “X” to mark its location in reference to the McCook Koi Show site. In general, take whatever route from your departure location you already know or research to find out which best leads you to one of the following three targeted “Area Starting Intersections.”

Coming from the West, Northwest, or Northeast– Map Intersection Circle X1
Intersection of La Grange Rd. (Rte 45) & Ogden Ave. (Rte. 34)

From the East or Southeast – Map Intersection Circle X2
Intersection of Harlem Ave. (Rte. 43) & Ogden Ave. (Rte. 34)

From the South or Southwest – Map Circle Intersection X3
Intersection of La Grange Rd. (Rte 45) & 55th Street

If you would like, use these intersections in your GPS
and then utilize Map #2 for a visual of the preferred final routes.

Map #2: Provides a more detailed closeup, to assist in locating and traveling to the three local area starting intersection points, by supplying labeled street identifications and prominent red directional arrows. (The solid-line arrows indicate recommended routes while broken-line arrows optional alternate routes). This map is only a prelude to choosing the particular detail map from the following three offered, each which appropriately targets the best route directions from one the preferred local area starting intersections to the MKS Koi Show site in McCook.

If you prefer, step-by-step instructions for each of these three routes follow

Map X1, Map X2, Map X3:  Each of these is a detail map and specific routing directions from one of the recommended local area starting intersections that avoid traffic, road construction, and railroad delays as well as safest stoplight controlled access to 47th Street in the proximity of the MAX Convention Center. Choose the particular map based upon your preference based on prior knowledge or diligent research.

If you need to know, where to park and enter the building

Map #4: Provides a GPS Aerial Layout view of the Koi Show Site, labeling the parking area, the specific access entrance, etc.

Created by John Norton.

BYLAWS OF THE Midwest Pond and Koi Society



For the betterment and education of those interested in water gardens, and/or koi, and/or ornamental fish; through the exchange of information, exhibition, workshops, seminars, tours, and interaction with other similar groups.




Any person, family, or corporation that has interest in ponds and/or ornamental fish as expressed in article i shall be eligible for membership and will become a member upon payment of annual dues.


Membership dues are to be paid annually. membership will run from january 1st to december 31st each year. dues for all new members will be $25.00/family membership. renewal of dues will be $20.00 annually if renewal is paid prior to march 1 of the year in which they are due. on or after march 1, all renewals raise to $25.00/family membership and $25.00 for a corporate or business membership.



Member in good standing shall receive a membership card and copy of the by-laws. a member has the right to attend any club meeting or club activity. members also have the right to attend the annual pond walk free of charge and receive the club newsletter. members have the right and are encouraged to participate in the society committees.




Meetings will be held on the third friday of every month except for november and december. the executive board will establish meeting place and time. meeting date may be changed by the executive board. members would be notified of change by mail one week before meeting.


The executive board will determine the agenda for the next meeting.


The executive board shall meet prior to regular club meetings.



Minutes shall be taken at all meetings by the secretary or someone appointed by the secretary in his or her absence. minutes will be kept by all committees and will be the responsibility of the chairperson in charge of said committee. copies of all minutes will be kept by the secretary and are available upon request to any and all members.



All records of the society are the sole property of the society. unauthorized use of said records is strictly prohibited. all current records will be kept by the secretary.(current meaning less than one year old) older records shall be kept by the society historian. records are defined as any document, picture, tape, or video that was produced by or for the society or pertains to the society.




The executive board shall be made up of the following officers: president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, communicating secretary, executive committee chairman, and eight directors. these officers will serve a term of two years with the following exception. any person elected for the 1994 year to the following offices: vice president, treasurer, and half the directors, small serve only a one year term. the directors that will be serving a one year term will be determined by a lottery.


In the event of a vacancy on the executive board. the board shall by a majority vote appoint a member to fill the vacancy. this person will perform all duties of the office until the next scheduled election.


Any member in good standing may be nominated for any office. nominations shall be submitted in writing to the secretary on or before the september meeting. a list of nominees will be published and distributed to the general membership before the october meeting.


Elections shall be held at the october meeting. the election shall be by secret ballot or by a show of hands. a lottery will be conducted by the secretary and two other officers to determine the order of names appearing on the ballot. the president shall count the ballots and announce the winners. in the case of a tie, there will be a “run off” election immediately. officers shall be installed at the election meeting. absentee ballots may be obtained from the secretary and must be returned no later than one week before the election meeting.


An officer or director of the Midwest Pond and Koi Society (MPKS) may also serve as an officer or director of another pond and/or fish club excluding only the office of President of the second organization while on the board of the MPKS. He or she must abstain from voting on issues that are deemed to be a conflict of interest with respect to the MPKS and the second organization.




The president shall perform all duties previously set forth here and preside at all meetings that he or she is present at. the president shall also act as chief liaison between this society and any other club or organization.


The vice president shall assume all duties of the president in the absence of the president or at the request of the president.


The office of recording secretary is responsible for the minutes of the board meetings and maintenance of the membership list. This officer will work with the treasurer to facilitate invoicing of dues and thorough maintenance of the membership list. The recording secretary will regularly share the membership list with the corresponding secretary, other board members, and those external entities who may need to contact the membership. The recording secretary, will co-chair a committee to manage the club’s voicemail and
hotel communications.

The office of communicating secretary is responsible for monthly correspondence with the membership. Working with the recording secretary who will provide the most up to date membership list, the communicating secretary is responsible for emailing the membership regarding upcoming events including monthly meetings. The communicating secretary is responsible for monthly post cards. The communicating secretary will co-chair a committee to manage the club’s voicemail and hotel


The treasurer shall collect and record all monies due the society. to prepare and present at every scheduled meeting a treasurer’s report- to pay all predetermined accounts as may be authorized by a majority of the board and to pay those bills presented and approved at meetings. to prepare and submit all reports required by any governmental agency.


This person shall oversee all committees of the society. this person will also appoint all committee chairpeople.


Directors shall have a vote on the executive board.


All officers shall be responsible to make sure that the society’s activities are in accordance with the purpose of this society.


The by-laws may be amended at any Society Meeting by a vote in favor of the amendment changes in which two thirds (2/3rds) of those attending the Society Meeting agree to said changes. Said changes must be proposed at a preceding meeting. Said changes shall be mailed to all members at least 15 days prior to the Society Meeting at which the amendment will be considered. The mailing will be in the form of a notice within the next newsletter of the Society.


All property of the society is irrevocably the property of the society and is dedicated to use for the betterment of the club. in the event that the society is dissolved all monies and property shall be donated to a not for profit organization chosen by a majority of the remaining members of the society and under no circumstance shall any property or monies revert to or go to any individual or current or past member of this society. nor shall any property or monies be used for the betterment of an individual member. the society may sell or dispose of any club property by approval of the board.



Roberts rules of order will govern all meetings when necessary.


A quorum is required to hold general and executive, and committee meetings- the quorum for a general meeting shall be 30% of the general membership. a quorum for an executive or committee meeting shall be 30% of the board or committee members.



Unauthorized sales, advertising, distribution, solicitation by members at club meetings or events is prohibited.


Unauthorized use of society property, funds or membership lists is prohibited.


All ideas that are developed for the society become the sole property of the society.


Behavior that is in violation of the rules of this society or the statement of purpose can lead to expulsion from this society. for this to happen it has to be voted on by the membership and passed by a majority.


Membership list shall be comprised of the names of all members, their addresses and phone numbers. if a member does not want their name, address or phone number to appear on the membership list, the member must notify the secretary in writing. the membership list is the sole property of the society and any unauthorized use or sale of said list is strictly prohibited. the society has the right to sell or use as it deems fit.


The following are the definitions and meanings as pertaining to this document:

  2. Member in good standing — any member that has paid current dues
  3. Unauthorized — anything that has not been approved by a majority of the board in writing
  4. Board — refers to the executive board
  5. Family Membership — all family members residing in the same household
  6. Business or Corporate Membership — A membership in a business or corporate name. only the owner or president will have the rights of a member.


Show vats available for purchase

MPKS has an opportunity to purchase 6ft vats which hold 500 gals of water. The vats are used but in very good condition. There is no net with the vat.

The price is $225 plus shipping. They normally retail for $500.

If you are interested, please reply to by Feb 19th.

Link to old article pages

Here is a link to our old article pages. A lot of gold here!


Old Articles

2017 Pond Tour

MPKS Annual 2017 Garden & Pond Tour

July 22, 23, 29, 301

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 27th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on each of the 4 days.

The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.

The four regions are:

  • Saturday July 22nd   North/Northwest
  • Sunday   July 23rd   Central
  • Saturday July 29th   Southwest/West
  • Sunday   July 30th   South

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address.

The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.

Pond tour maps may also be purchased directly from MPKS. Please call (312) 409-2081 to place your order with a credit card.

Pond Tour maps are available at:

Internetemail: pondtour@mpks.orgemail
Club mailboxMidwest Pond & Koi SocietyP O Box 3011Lisle312-409-2081
SouthSaunoris6000 111th StreetChicago Ridge708-422-7272
SouthAlsip Home & Nursery20601 S. LaGrange RdFrankfort815-469-2008
SouthTouch of Green12720 W. 159th St.Homer Glen708-301-2090
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery222 W. Lake StBloomingdale630-529-9394
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery2400 RandallCarpentersville847-428-6767
NorthLurvey's Garden Center2550 Dempster St.Des Plaines847-824-7411
NorthWild Birds Unlimited1460 Waukegan Rd.Glenview
NorthPesche's Garden Center170 S. River RdDes Plaines847-299-1300
NorthKoi & More Pond Shop3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10Highland Park847-432-7393
NorthHawthorn Gardens24481 N Old McHenry RdLake Zurich847-726-0627
NorthKnupper's Nursery1801 Rand RdPalatine847-359-1080
CentralMcAdams Nursery & Garden Center2001 Des PlainesForest Park708-771-4903
CentralHidden Gardens16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.Hinsdale630-655-8283
CentralOak Park Nat Pet & Fish23 N. HarlemOak Park708-660-9500
CentralGood Earth7900 W Madison StRiver Forest708-366-9500
WestThe Growing Place2000 Montgomery RdAurora630-820-8088
WestWhite Water Filters23 N Water St.Batavia630-406-9330
WestWannemaker's1940 Ogden Ave.Downers Grove630-852-0700
WestStone Center Inc.2127 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-971-2060
WestWild Birds Unlimited1601 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-968-6332
WestDog Patch Pet & Feed1108 E. Ogden Ave.Naperville630-420-2120
WestPet Supplies Plus720 Ogden Ave.Naperville630-904-2100
WestThe Growing Place25W471 Plank Rd.Naperville630-355-4000
WestHeinz Bros. Greenhouse2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)St. Charles630-377-6288
WestWasco Nursery & Garden Center41W781 Il Rt. 64St. Charles630-584-4424
WestPlanters Palette28W571 Roosvelt Rd.Winfield630-293-1040

Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)

South –  Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Countryside, Willowbrook, Dolton, Oak Lawn, Orland Park,  Lemont.

North/Northwest – Waukegan, Kildeer, Northbrook, Glenview, Chicago, Roselle,  Arlington Heights, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Carol Stream, Elgin, Streamwood, Kenosha WI.

Central – Lombard, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield, Berwyn .

Southwest/West –  Elburn, Batavia, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville

Pond Tour Dates 2016–2019

Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years:
First Weekend2016201720182019
Second Weekend2016201720182019