Japanese Koi Carp
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
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.