Beginner's Corner (an introduction)
|This 'Beginners Guide' is to try
to help the novice and beginner to be able to understand a
little more about these wonderful fish we call Koi ....
and we hope that is will help make the Hobby of Koi
Keeping and Koi Collecting a little easier to understand
First of all ... Koi are not just overgrown Goldfish
... far from it ... the Koi is a very special fish which
has been bred especially for the Ornamental ponds all
over the world ...
The Art of breeding Koi, and that is exactly what it
is, an 'Art'... has been mastered by the Japanese over
many hundreds of years, and of late, one or two other
Koi can be extremely expensive and sometimes the
prices need a lot of understanding by the novice to the
But what you have to bear in mind, that Koi
are, if you like, similar to that very rare Painting or pieces
of sculpture ... the higher the rating of the Artist, or in the
case of Koi, the Breeder, then the higher the price .. but the
name of the breeder alone does not completely govern the price,
the body shape of the fish, the patterns, depth of colour all
play a roll in determining the final price of that particular
How big, how old, how expensive?
The average Koi can grow to 24 - 36 inches, with some
varieties growing up to 52 inches - but that won't happen if the
conditions within the pond and if the pond is not large enough
... and to get a Koi to grow to those larger sizes is never
going to be an easy task to achieve ...
Where did Koi Originate from?
Initially it was the Chinese that first
perfected this art of introducing colour to what was then the
Common Carp - that happened perhaps as long ago as 2000 years
... and many early Koi, or coloured Carp can be seen on very old
paintings - porcelain and other pieces of art dating back many
hundreds of years ...
Today most of the Koi we import are from Japan
where the art of Koi breeding has been perfected to such
extremely high standards now for a great many years and although
Koi are now being bred once again in China, I feel sure that it
will be many many years before the Chinese can produce Koi with
such high bloodlines as the Japanese...
Where do we keep these fish?
Koi can be kept both indoors or outdoors - and
you may have seen examples of Koi being kept indoors and even in
the foyer of some of the worlds finest hotels ..
But you are never going to be able to keep Koi
unless the conditions are right .. and the most important part
of any Koi pond is without any doubt the filtration system that
is installed on that pond of a size that it can cope with the
copious amounts of waste
products produced by these Koi .. which is far greater than the
common Goldfish or similar pond fish which are available in most
There are many ways to have a pond - you may
just want to have a simple small pond with just a few Koi, and
perhaps a couple of Goldfish - or you may be thinking of
something on a more grand scale ... either way the principles
are the same .. and the same amount of care should go into
building a small garden pond as with the more elaborate ones ...
and before you even consider building a pond, or putting a spade
into the garden - then our advise would be for you to do a lot
of research into what is needed - what equipment you are going
to need and how much it is going to cost you .. those are all
important matters and we suggest that perhaps you may start by
taking a look at a few of the ideas we have placed on our
website under the heading of 'Pond Construction' ..
We are always available to give you the advice you need ..
and a big 'Golden Rule' is seek advice first before you try to
do the job if you are unsure .. mistakes are hard to rectify and
can cost you a lot of money and heartache ...
Do Koi Have any Teeth ?
That is one question we are very often asked ..
and the answer is YES ! If you have never seen any Koi
and we will show you
a few ..