About koi

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Also called Ja­panese carp or nishikigoi, koi are tem­per­ate fresh­wa­ter fish that can adapt to wa­ter tem­per­a­tures of 47 to 95 de­grees.

They are a do­mes­ti­cated va­ri­ety of the com­mon carp. Al­though both gold­fish and koi share a com­mon carp an­ces­tor, gold­fish are con­sid­ered a sep­a­rate species.

Male koi ma­ture at 2 years and fe­males at 4. Their av­er­age life­span is 70 years.

Koi is Ja­panese for ‘carp.’ It is a ho­mo­phone for the Ja­panese word for ‘af­fec­tion’ or ‘love,’ and the fish are sym­bols of love and friend­ship.

There are 80 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of koi, in­clud­ing vari­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Nishikigoi Pro­mo­tion Cen­ter, a Toky­obased group that is a re­source for koi breed­ers.

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