We are frequently asked if the Koi carp in the pond are doing well because they are lying so still on the surface. The Koi carp are fooling you, because they do this to catch a lot of sunlight. Actually, they are just sunbathing! This colorful Japanese fish is an extraordinary animal to see. Not only are they very large, but they swim in groups of sometimes as many as 15 fish along the waterfront. A splashing spectacle!

General information Koi

Scientific name: Cyprinus carpio

The Koi is the national fish of Japan. This graceful fish species was discovered in the rice fields and caught and bred due to its striking colors. After crossing different color types, the most extraordinary patterns emerged in the fish's scales. All over the world, Koi carp are kept in ornamental ponds. When Koi ponds are shut down, the animals are often released into the wild. They rarely survive this, as they need balanced water quality to survive.

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