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Kikokuryu are scaleless koi with metallic black and white patterns. Kikokuryu are the metallic version of Kumonryu. Where the Kumonryu has muted, matte white and soft, deep black, the Kikokuryu has a metallic platinum-white and a glossy, lacquer-black.
Kikokuryu originated from a crossing of Kumonryu and Platinum Ogon.
Similar to Kumonryu, the pattern of any single Kikokuryu will change completely many times throughout it’s lifespan. For this reason, body conformation and the quality of the colors themselves (but not the pattern) should be the first things considered when choosing a Kikokuryu.