Koi Fish: A Few Quick Facts

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Koi fish have a rich history that spans centuries, originating from East Asia. They have grown from simple pond fish to symbols of strength, love, and perseverance. Today, they are celebrated worldwide for their beauty and cultural significance.

Origins and History:

  • Koi fish are a colorful, ornamental versions of the common carp. Though carp domestication is believed to have begun in China as far back as the 4th century,.
  • Modern koi breeding practices evolved in Japan and China.
  • They trace their lineage back to the common carp.
  • In Japanese, the word ‘koi’ translates to “love” or “affection.”
  • Koi fish symbolize luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japanese culture.

Biology and Characteristics:

  • Koi can live for over 50 years under the right conditions.
  • The oldest known koi lived for 226 years.
  • There are over 100 distinct koi varieties.
  • Koi are omnivores and can eat a range of foods.

Cultural and Economic Significance:

  • Koi fish have been sold for as much as 1.8 million dollars.
  • They symbolize bravery, success, and individuality in various cultures.
  • Legends associate koi with transformation into dragons when they overcome challenges.

More Fun Koi Facts:

  • Koi can recognize their owners and even eat from their hand.
  • They can be trained to do tricks.
  • Koi can jump out of the water, sometimes due to skin irritation or playful behavior.

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Just Add Water is a locally-owned company that serves the state of Iowa for over 17 years. Our team is very enthusiastic about upgrading the yards and properties for all of our fellow Iowans, and we have the experienced crew to do so!

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