Tancho (TAHN-choh): The Tancho koi fish is a koi with a red marking found in the center of the head with no other red markings found elsewhere on the body of the fish. This koi fish gets its name from the Tancho Crane, which shares this recognizable characteristic. The Tancho koi fish is one of the most well-loved of the koi varieties and is highly sought after. Tancho is short for Tancho Kohaku but there are still other variations within the Tancho breed, including the Tancho Showa and Tancho Sanke.
Two of the most important factors to consider when shopping for a Tancho koi fish are symmetry and placement of the Tancho spot, and these factors can be used to accurately estimate the quality of the fish. A true Tancho spot will be evenly centered on the head of the koi without extending to the rest of the body. Additionally, a Tancho koi fish’s white coloring should be pure and milky without any yellow tinting.
While a perfect Tancho is quite rare, many koi enthusiasts have made it their mission to find such a specimen. Another thing that makes this a highly sought after koi fish breed is the fact that they are a result of genetic chance and cannot be selectively bred. Fortunately, koi fish hobbyists looking to add this elegant breed to their collection can find their own here at Koi Fish USA. We are the most trusted supplier of Tancho koi fish for sale in the country. Shop our selection today and add this beautiful koi fish to your pond!