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

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!


I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

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