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Koi Fish, History Bits

Koi fish are an every changing fish, from breed to breed and with the ever changing generations, the Koi fish varies. If you are looking for the highest quality and the purest breeds of Koi, you will be happy to know that they do still exist but these pure breeds are more expensive. Most of the purest Koi fish are still found in Japan where the Koi originally was ‘found’, but in some fish breeding stations around the world, they still try very hard to keep their Koi blood lines in tact but it is difficult. Most Koi are cross bred and interbred so that the colors of the Koi and the hardiness of certain fish are ‘brought’ out for the amazing displays that are seen in the water gardens around the world.

Most all modern Koi fish keepers are happy with the lesser pure breeds of Koi because these fish keepers are looking for the colors, the habits and the hardiness of certain fish. Pedigree Koi are more difficult to raise in some areas of the world which is the main reason behind the interbreeding to begin with. While the quality of the ‘pure’ bred Koi is reduced, the quality of the overall fish that are still named Koi fish are better for fish keepers everywhere, but be sure you know what you are looking for so you don’t pay for expensive pure bred fish when you don’t live in an area that can support this need.

The wild Koi fish, the Carp, will grow to be almost three feet long with some Koi measuring just about two feet long. The Koi that measure the largest over three feet long are often called Jumbo Koi, as fish that are over three feet long really are long! The purest Koi bred fish were found to originate in the rivers of the Black Sea but as the sea changes, the fish are also found in the purest forms in other areas around Europe as well.

The Koi fish are known to like the stillest waters, the water that is a little sluggish and have a lot of plants growing in them. The vegetation is what the Koi are going to feed off of, and the stillest waters allow many types of plants to grow. Koi will thrive in the waters that are warm; anywhere from sixty to ninety degrees is the best temperatures for the Koi fish.

If you have a water garden that is not growing plants very well at the moment, your Koi fish will also eat other types of vegetables such as lettuce, brown bread, peas (not the skins), and other green lettuce like vegetables or tops from your vegetable gardens.

The basic colors of the Koi fish were known as red, yellow and white, but as the fish were bred with other types of carp and other goldfish, you see the end results of mixed colors, the blacks, the yellows, and the palest of all colors in between those listed.

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