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Koi – Japanese Fish of Love

The carp that travelled to Japan from China, gained tremendously in colour and beauty: thanks to the Japanese breeders! And it is this ‘Brocaded carp’ that the world knows as Koi today. Literally ‘Koi’ means ‘carp’ (both common and ornamental species) in Japanese. The ornamental domesticated fish that we know as Koi is actually ‘nishikigoi’ in Japanese. Whatever the history and linguistics facts be, for us Koi is the beautiful, colourful, adaptable, domesticated pond fish. 

Before we start talking in detail about the Koi fish keeping, let’s first look at some of the interesting benefits of having a Koi pond or say having a Koi in your pond (Koi co-exists well with other fish. So you can keep it with the ones you already have).

**  It will add a spectrum of beauty to your garden environment.
You will be able to establish a special bond with your Koi. They will feed from your hand once they gain confidence in you. Needless to say, this is the ultimate that one can expect from a pet. And a ‘rare ultimate’ when it comes to fish.

**  If you are (or will be) a breeder, a Koi means thousands!
Believe in Feng Shui? Koi is believed to bring good luck.
Some symbolism…? Koi is considered to be a symbol of love and friendship in Japan.

**  Koi is ‘elite’. Yes… keeping Koi is a status symbol; your garden’s style statement.

Some other benefits that do not have any scientific evidence but have been talked about by Koi owners are:
*  A Koi pond adds value to your property. If you are looking to sell yours, adding a Koi pond might increase the rates and the possibility of selling quickly.
*  Spending some time by a Koi pond has been reported to be a great stress reliever.

If you are venturing into the Koi hobby, it is worth noting that rearing Koi is not like having any other simple ornamental fish in an aquarium or a fish tank. Even if you do not want to be a breeder and are interested in keeping Koi solely for ornamental purpose, some research and preparation is a must. You will need a pond with proper size and systems in place. Seasonal changes would require some adjustments in order to keep Koi healthy. For example, feeding Koi requires to be ‘almost stopped’ in peak winters. All these aspects need to be taken care of and a fair degree of expertise is required at every step from selecting your Koi to creating Koi specific conditions.

Also, Koi is an expensive affair. The fish itself will cost you some handsome bucks. And you can’t keep one. You will have to have a group of at least three of them; as experts recommend. You will also have to spend on building a pond or enlarging an existing one to suit the needs of Koi. Also, you will need to install proper purification systems and pumps, which is again a fairly big investment.

Another important aspect to be considered is the safety of your Koi. This fish being extremely attractive is an easy attention seeker for the aerial predators. So you will need to grow trees in order to block their vision. Also, the depth of the pond will need to be increased not only as required by Koi but also as a safe guard against cranes and other such hunters, if they are a problem in your area. You might also need to use nets over the pond.

Worried? Oh you shouldn’t. Efforts are going to be huge, but the result will be more so. After all you can’t have the roses’ bloom without the thorns!


Nelson writes koi fish here: http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com/koi-japenese-fish. He has raised, studied, bred and cared for hundreds of varieties of Koi. His twenty plus years of practical experience and research are available in his latest book,<a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=”<a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link’]);” href=”http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com”>http://www.koifishinformationcenter.com”> Insider’s Secrets To Raising Healthy Koi: The Ultimate Guide</a>.

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Japanese Koi Carp – A Remarkable Journey of Time and Transformation

Japanese Koi carp are known throughout the world as beautiful fish comprising of vivid colors and markings. Anyone who owns them can tell you how wonderful it is to have them as part of their lives. But there as is mysterious past surrounding these marvelous fish as to where their journey of time and transformation truly began. Over the centuries Koi have gone through many remarkable stages of migration, evolution and breeding. Still today, historical gaps in their timeline have many toiling over where they originated and how they truly came to be the revered Koi that grace the ponds of so many gardens the world over.

The word Koi is a Japanese name meaning carp, but the original name comes from the Latin word Cyprinus Carpio also meaning carp. Though many believe that Koi are a product of the Japanese, it is understood that Japanese Koi carp are actually believed to have originated in the waters of the Caspian Sea and areas surrounding China. In fact, there are records of carp fossils found in China dating back 20 million years, along with early accounts of the very first color mutations of Koi being bred in China. It was here where selective breeding of the Prussian carp led to the development of the goldfish. Now goldfish were not introduced to Japan until the 16th century. Later goldfish were brought to Europe in the 17th century.

With ongoing research and investigation, it is still unclear as to when Koi were actually introduced to Japan, but the mystery mounts as stories are told of Koi having been brought to Japan as a result of early Chinese invasions of Japan. Others tell stories of a Japanese emperor keeping Koi back in 200 AD. The history of Japanese Koi carp is sketchy at best. As to what really happed between the 2nd and the 17th century is an ongoing exploration still today.

What is understood is that Ojiya agricultural farmers in the province of Niigata were simply breeding Koi as a food source for sale. Then between the 1820s and the 1840s these farmers began to notice colorful pigmentation irregularities in some Koi stock. These particular Koi were separated from the others and kept as pets. Soon to follow, the farmers began breeding these color mutations with neighboring farmers and the Japanese Koi carp hobby began. Still it was a hobby shared only by the local farmers of Ojiya. It was not until the early 1920s, during the Tokyo Taisho Exhibition, that these farmers shared their newfound Koi joy with the rest of the Japanese public. These first presentations of Koi, with their vibrant majestic colors and patterns, were an immediate hit among the Japanese population. Over night, the Koi hobby went from a working mans leisurely past time to an upper class means of status. Before long Koi owners were breeding their fish throughout the country, and new exciting color mutations began to emerge, giving us largely what we see today in the magnificent Japanese Koi carp.

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