Interesting Facts about Nishikigoi
The Guinness Book of Records have the Nishikigoi as the most expensive fish ever sold.
The most expensive Nishikigoi ever sold was the Sakai Bred 'Alexandria' for $2.2 million US dollars.
The oldest Koi on record is said to be 'Hanako' having reached the age of 226 ; 1751-1977
http://www.diyaquaponics.com/aquaponics-aquatic-animals/aquaponics-japanese-koi/ // Confirmed through scientific testing in 1966
Two of his fellow pond dwellers were 180 and 156 years old. It was merely out of curiosity and not with significant expectation that their ages were tested.
The pond passed through so many generations that the owners of the pond could not recall their original ancestors who started it.
Japanese Legend- Any Koi who has the strength and perseverance to complete the journey to the Dragon's Gate will become a Heavenly Dragon.
It is said that if a koi is caught, it would await the cut of the knife without a quiver. This is also how Samurai warriors are said to face the sword in battle.
ShowaKoi with red and black markings on the white ground
KohakuKoi keeping begins and ends with the Kohaku
SankeCreated during the era of Taisho in Japan
Shiro UtsuriThis beautiful Koi's variety comprises of Red, Yellow and Black
Tancho KohakusKoi with only red pattern appears as a single red dot on the head
AsagiThe Asagi is one of the oldest breeds of Koi
Everything About Koi
Nishikigoi or "Koi" as they are more commonly known are a popular ornamental variety of the Common Carp (Cyprinus carpic) that are bred and kept for decorative purposes in ponds and aquariums all over the world. Koi has developed into one of the most beautiful and expensive ornamental fishes in the world, with virtually endless colour possibilities, it is remarkable to think that the elaborate specimens we see today developed from the lowly Common Carp, which was originally kept as a food fish.
Useful Guidelines For Beginners
KOI FOR BEGINNERS
Koi keeping is an ongoing and sometimes life-long hobby, and can prove to be quite a pleasurable and rewarding experience that you and your entire family can enjoy. However, there is a lot of information out there about Koi keeping, and for newcomers the notion of getting started can be a bit1 confusing. Not sure where to start? Here are a few guidelines to assist you in getting started, as well as a few tips and tricks for keeping healthy, happy Koi that will bring you and your family years of enjoyment.
Keep Your Koi Healthy
Koi are no different to humans when it comes to illness and diseases. Although Koi are generally tough and hardy creatures, they too are susceptible to illness if the ideal conditions are not maintained. These are some guidelines on how to recognize the symptoms and how to go about diagnosing and treating your fish.
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Leading Nishikigoi Breeders
In Living Jewels' journey to provide the highest quality Nishikigoi, much of the listed Koi has been acquired from the most prominent breeders in Japan. These include: Dainichi, Sakai, Isa, Omosako. We have also been able to acquire the direct offspring of at least two Grand Champions; the Dainichi Sakura & Satsuki, & other prize winning bloodlines to add to our existing broodstock.
Dainichi Koi Farm
Dainichi is one of the biggest and most famous names in Koi. Run by the sons of the deceased high-end Koi breeder Minoru Mano, Dainichi Koi Farm thrives as one of the busiest and most professional Koi outlets in the Japan with 3 state of the art facilities in Niigata, the home of the Nishikigoi. Dainichi concentrates heavily on body shape, and the original Dainichi was quite huge and impressive. Dainichi Koi Farm still uses parent Koi left to them by their father, breeding prize winning Kohaku, Sanke and Showa varieties. Dainichi Koi have been champions in the All Japan, ZNA and Nogyosai Koi shows over the years.
Sakai Fish Farm
Sakai Fish Farm in Hiroshima has been in the business of breeding some of the highest quality Koi in Japan for over 100 years. Sakai is considered to be a pioneer in Koi production, adopting various new technologies such as Koi breeding in heated water and artificial field ponds. The Sakai Fish Farm has produced several Grand Champions in numerous Koi shows such as the the All Japan Shinkokai and All Japan ZNA shows, just to name a few.
Isa Koi Farm
Isa Koi Farm was established in 1970 by Mr. Hajime Isa, a well-known authority in the business of Koi production and the Chairman of the International Nishikigoi Promotion Association. Isa Koi Farm has been producing excellent quality Koi for over 40 years, including Kohaku and Taisho Sanshoku (Sanke) varieties, but they are most famous for their champion-class Showa Sanshoku.
Omosako Koi Farm
The Omosako Koi Farm has been breeding and selling Koi since 1974, and is regarded as Japan's number one breeder for high quality Shiro Utsuri. The Omosako family is responsible for developing the Shiro Utsuri as a serious Koi type, being the first breeder ever to produce a show-quality Shiro Utsuri over 40 inches in size. Shiro Utsuri produced by Omosako has won numerous awards at the All Japan Koi Show over the years.
Marudo Koi Farm
The Marudo Koi Farm was established by Mr. Hisashi Hirasawa, one of the first employees to be trained at Dainichi Koi farms from its inception. Mr. Hirasawa played an important role in establishing the Dainichi brand and is now a well established Koi breeder in his own right, having benefitted from the knowledge and experience of the former generations of Dainichi. Marudo Koi Farm produces a wide variety of Koi including Kohaku, Showa Sanshoku, Taisho Sanshoku, Ginrin Kohaku, Chagoi, Shiro Utsuri, Kujaku, Ogon, Asagi, and Kinmatsuba.
Hoshikin Koi Farm
Hoshikin Koi Farm specializes in the production of Kohaku and has been working persistently towards perfecting their Kohaku bloodlines. Although Dainichi is recognized as the number one breeder for Kohaku, Hoshikin Kohaku is considered by many to be on par and is now an established, representative Kohaku bloodline. Kohaku produced by Hoshikin have won 6 grand champions at Koi shows of the last fall only.