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Koi as Japan's National Fish

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Koi as Japan's National Fish

Sanny Soedjatmiko Hartanto

I think all of you should know about Koi fish. “Koi” means Japanese carp. Koi is popular not only in Japan, but also among the world. As far back as, 2500 years, Koi was found in China and Eastern Asia. Japanese Koi fish, which is known as Nishikigoi in Japan is the National Fish of Japan. The color of this fish is the combination of white, red and yellow. It is so beautiful to see them in your pond. Not only that, but there is also a belief that these fishes can also bring you luck, if you raise them. So, let’s know more about these Japanese Koi Fish!


Photo: Eustaquio Santimano on Flickr
I think there are Koi breeders at your own country. There are so many Koi breeders too at my country. Koi are so beautiful because they have nice color as their attractions. I have raised Koi before when I was at my country, I love to see how they swim in my pond with their colorful bodies’ color.


Photo: Nick Chill on Flickr
As I said before, there is a belief that raising Koi in your pond can bring you luck. These are the characteristics associated with the koi:
  1. Good Fortune
  2. Prosperity
  3. Success
  4. Longevity
  5. Ambition
  6. Courage
  7. Perseverance


  1. Aesthetic appeal
As I said before, the aesthetic of these fish is so beautiful. Nobody can deny it. You can also decorate your own pond with some rocks, and plants too to make it more beautiful.


Photo: David on Flickr

  1. Normalizing your blood pressure
Having Koi pond in your garden is one of the stress relievers. Seeing these fishes swim in your pond can make you stay calm, and normalize your blood pressure too.

  1. Making money
Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr
Koi fishes are one of the most expensive fishes. One of the most paid of this fish costs around $850,000. Isn’t that insane?

  1. Symbol of style
If you raise these fishes in your garden, it symbolizes a new style and helps you to add a certain element of elegance to your garden.

  1. Owner friendly pets
Raising these fishes is not really difficult. If you want to have some pets at your home, I recommend you to raise these fishes.


Photo: Jonathon Colman on Flickr

  1. Easy to maintain the pond
As I said before, it is not difficult to raise these fishes. You can use some natural and easy methods to maintain and clean your Koi ponds. That method is adding barley straw extract to the pond.

  1. Get rid of insects and flies
Hate the insects or mosquitoes at your garden? You can get rid of them by raising these fishes.


Photo: jodi marr on Flickr
For the summary, I want to say that Koi fish can bring you luck into your life. So, how many fishes you should raise then? They believe that it is better to raise 8 or 9 Koi fishes in your pond. It is believed that with 8 or 9 Koi fishes in your pond, they can bring you good luck in your economy life, long life, and the happiness. What are you waiting for then? Raise them!