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The Wakin was developed in Japan in the 18th century or before. I t appears to be a foundation fish for some other varieties in Japan. This is said to be the common goldfish of Japan. It is a somewhat popular pond fish in North America and is also a common inhabitant of Koi plant filters in the United States.It is always present in the cultured fish trade because it is often imported with Japanese Koi.

© Merlin Cunliffe 2016

Breed Development

The Wakin is a powerful swimmer with a dorsal fin and a short tail. The peduncle is longer than a Fantail and it’s fins are short and stubby by comparison. These fish get very large and do best in exhibits if the fish is 6” or larger.

  1. Fins must be matched and fan shaped.

  2. Fins are short and not elongated.

  3. Peduncle is thick and ¼ the body height minimum. Peduncle is elongated.

The fish typically is red, white, or red/white. Other color do exist and are allowed.


The fish is judged on a 100-point scale.Body20Peduncle20Fins20Color and Condition20Deportment20100

BodyBody is thick, muscular, peduncle is thick and shiny20Fish is thin and body depth is less 1/3 the length excluding the peduncle10Fish is flat on top and not curved5

PedunclePeduncle is thick and at least ¼ the body depth and the length is not more than 1/3 the body length20Peduncle is thick but very short10Peduncle is overly long5

Fins: Fins must be fan shaped and matched, the tail must be 35% to 100% split.20Fins are matched but an anal fin is missing12-15No anal fins or pectorals fins are clamped or threadlike0 or DQ

Color and conditionFish is shiny, colors are bright and discrete, fish is active20Colors faded10Fish has torn fins0-5

DeportmentFish is a balanced active swimmer20Fish is sitting on the bottom10Fish is lethargis5-10

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