Nearly every known variety of Koi can produce a Kin-Gin-Rin equivalent.
Koi with three or more lines of very shiny scales along each side of the dorsal fin are classified in Kin-Gin-Rin A, the base variety must be Kohaku, Sanke or Showa.
Kin scales are normally gold and gin scales are silver.Tthe first discovery of kin-gin-rin was in the very late 1920’s although it was probably a lot later.Kin-gin-rin is regarded as an add on feature to Kohaku, Sanke and Showa, so the points relating to each variety are important, for example, white skin on all three types should be pure white, from nose to tail, without any spots or stains.
Beta-gin is probably considered the best of the bunch, although Hiroshima gin is the most common of them all for excellence, kin-gin-rin scale lines must run from shoulders to tail and should shine evenly. Large numbers of kin-gin-rin scale lines reaching down the sides are also regarded the best; this brings out the best feature of the koi.
There are a few types of koi, such as, kin-gin-rin: beta (shiny scales allover), pearl (shiny deposits in the centre of each scale), kado (the scale edges are only shiny), and Hiroshima (shiny lines on all of the scales this gives the appearance of ‘cracked glass). These types of koi sometimes have a lack of balance to their pattern, not very shiny especially on the scale edges with an uneven appearance making them look like poor quality.
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