Revered world-over for their deep colors and unabridged designs, origins of the Koi fish can be traced to fourth century Jin dynasty in China.
Koi gained prominence in Japan where the fish were bred for color in 1820s by farmers as pets. Their ability to survive and adapt to different climates and water conditions helped them gain patrons across the world.
Some keep them in water and aquatic gardens for decorative purposes. Many see them as symbols of affection and love. In Japan the fish is regarded as a symbol of luck and good prosperity.
The fish are easy to cultivate. They eat wide variety of foods, including algae, peas, and fruits such as watermelon. The acceptance of varied diet gives the patron the flexibility to alter the feeding schedules depending on the convenience.
The fish can outlast the traditional pets. Most live for 20-30 years. Many have lasted beyond 100 years. The legendary Hanako Koi was reported to have lived for more than 200 years. Good nutrition and filtered water takes the fish long way.
The long life helps the patron build bond with the fish. Similar to other pets, patrons gain confidence of the fish by spending time with them. Leisurely presence (sitting and reading) near them and feeding will help. Once comfortable, friendly variety Koi even nibbles food from the patron’s palm.
This makes the Koi a wonderful pet. We will help you understand the fish better by posting more blog posts and videos. Do reach out to us for personal tour of our facilities and the fish.