Our friends at Koi and Water Garden Society of Central New York have a great web page showing the many varieties of koi. Click here to visit the page.
How do I get my koi to not be shy
and eat out of my hand?
This probably the most frequently asked question there is. One answer is coaxing shy fish to come up and eat in your presence. This is a task that will require patience and effort.
First stop feeding your fish for a couple days. Put a few food pellets on the edge of your fingers and place it in the water. Hold it there so the fish can nibble it out of your fingers. keep a few pellets close to your hand in the water. If they don't eat then remove the food and try again the next feeding until their hunger is greater than their fear. Remember their predaitors are tall and stand, so be sitting and no quick movements. Also, the older a koi gets the less flighty they become so have a mixture of ages of fish.
Another way to do this, suggested by the folks at Koi To The World, is to by adding a friendly koi variety to your collection. Chagoi, Ochiba Shigure & Soragoi make up what are commonly referred to as the friendly varieties. What makes them so friendly? There are several theories on exactly why Chagoi, Ochiba Shigure & Soragoi tend to be more outgoing than all other varieties of koi. They are most like the original carp from which koi were derived from. They are faster growing and grow larger than other varieties. Chagoi are often referred to as the Labrador Retriever of the koi world. Always happy to see you and very friendly and curious. By adding one or a few of these varieties to your pond they will quickly teach your other koi it is OK to come up and greet you when you are present.