Japanese Koi Carp
Cyprinus carpio

CLASS: Osteichthyes
ORDER: Cypriniformes
FAMILY: Cyprinidae

Up to 30 inches long

Native of China, introduced into Japan then worldwide

Wild - Water organisms and algae
Zoo - High protein catfish chow and algae

Bottom feeders

Variations of bright red, black and silver we find so attractive in the koi were produced by the skill and infinite patience of Chinese and Japanese breeders. Koi were carefully bred and selected to produce desired colorations which bring a high price. ($55,000 is the record amount paid for koi carp.)

If care of breeders stops, the koi will begin to produce young of the original dull hue.