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Additional Facts on Koi Fish
Koi fish, or Nishikigoi, are rapidly becoming popular garden ponds. Their various colors and patterns are been used to complement the garden theme. Few people know much of their characteristics and origins. Become a better-informed owner by learning more about this remarkable fish species.

Breeding Carp such as the Asian and German Carp first produced Koi fish. After years of selective breeding of Koi, various color mutations started poping up. The first color pattern was recorded as early as 1805. Today, literally thousands of color variations are available. The some of the most popular colors found are white, silver, yellow, orange, red, black, blue and green.

Combined with the various patterns available, the possibilities are almost endless. Every noticeable pattern and/or color has its own name, which is typically as unique as the color that it is referring to. Favorite types vary by country and location and also by personal choose.

Koi fish are commercially raised in countries like Japan, Singapore, Israel, and also in the warmer American states such as Nevada and California. Almost all local pet stores should stock Koi. If they happen to be out of stock, fish can generally be normally be ordered. Ordering can have its advantages and disadvantages. You have more options available when ordering Koi fish, since you will not have to pick from the limited stock on hand. One disadvantage is that you may not be able to pick a specific fish.

Interestingly Koi, unlike most other fish species, will continue to grow until they have reach their breeds’ natural size, no matter what the environment that they are in. Baby Koi fingerlings can be seen as small as 3 inches. Jumbo Koi fish are known to have reach lengths of three feet or more. The most common fish size found is between one and two feet in length.

Koi are omnivorous, that means they will eat both meat and plants. Their diets are extremely versatile. Koi fish can and will eat just about anything that you feed them, no matter if it is healthy or not. As their owner you are responsible for controlling their diet. Another potential problem is over feeding them treats. Koi fish will not know when to stop eating, and weight issues will arise from overfeeding with out nutritional foods.

The healthiest treats for Koi can be found naturally in their ponds, they include earthworms and tadpoles. Koi fish treats that are easier to obtain could also include Lettuce, bread, fruit, and veggies. You should pay special attention and be careful using certain foods such as corn, beans, and grapes, as they contain an outer casing, that cannot be properly digested by the fish. If you are thinking of feeding this to your Koi, be sure to completely remove the outer casings before feeding it to your Koi fish.

Koi are classified as a none-aggressive fish. This means that they can live with other fish species such as goldfish or comets. Koi fish are quick to eat their food and may deprive smaller fish of food. Koi are so mellow that they can be trained to eat out of their owner’s hand.

Don’t worry Koi fish do not have teeth, so they will not injure you, or bite off your hand, should you attempt to feed them out of your hand. Koi fish have a long life expectancy and have been known to live up to 30 years under the right conditions. Think about this if you are thinking about buying Koi. A Japanese Koi currently holds the record for the oldest fish, which is 233 years old.




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