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Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I had a conversation with a young man yesterday that has been bitten by the Koi bug! 😊 I told him about my blog and he said he was going to look it up. So, here’s a repost from a Blog from last year – it’s all about the history of our modern day Koi. Enjoy 😉

– We have been looking at LOTS of different variants of Koi. Today I want to look at some of the bascic history behind our modern day Koi. Where did they come from? How long have they been around? Etc…

The modern day “Koi” fish has been traced to the species – Cyprinus rubrofuscus –
The word ‘Koi’ comes from The Japanese word for carp.

Basically a ‘Koi’, aka: nishikigoi are colorful varieties of the Amur Carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus). Carp are native to central Europe and Asia. They were bred as a food fish for many, many years (at least as far back as the fifth century BC in China). They are very hardy and survive in many/most climates and thrive even in poor water quality conditions. Natural color variances & mutations were noted and inspired selective breeding for color over a thousand years ago in China.

The Amur carp were first bred for color in Japan in the early 1800’s (just a little over 200 years ago) in Niigata Prefecture.
The Koi that were developed there weren’t shared with the rest of the world until 1914 in Tokyo Japan at an open exhibition. From there the love of Koi in Japan went viral! Now it’s the world over! I’m personally “KOI CRAZY” 🙂


Today the most popular Koi are the Gosanke ( Kohaku, Sanke & Showa).

The Kohaku is #1! Kohaku is a variety of ornamental koi. The Kohaku has a white body, with red markings, or ‘hi’, across the body. The Kohaku is one of the gosanke; the ‘Big Three’, consisting of Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa.

Cool Fact – In Japanese the word Koi is a homophone for another word that means affection and love… Koi are literally symbols of love and friendship! 🙂

So there’s a little history on our favorite ‘Finned Friend” the KOI! Enjoy your day and enjoy your Koi! 🙂

Happy Pondering…

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206



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