The Japanese Koi Carp are domesticated, very graceful and will bring lots of colour to your pond; making it more vivid and interesting to look at, plus instilling a feeling of peace and goodwill. The original Koi Carp (Nishikigoi) were raised 200 years ago in Japan and were kept as a food source, in that time they were simple black and brown coloured.
Through time and cross-breeding the beautiful colours and patterns we recognise today developed. There are many varieties, and colours range from a pure white to the most complicated patterns and colours.
In Japan it is believed that keeping Koi brings good luck and prosperity to the home and many Japanese living in apartments hire a space in a pond to keep their Koi in and visit them regularly! A healthy Koi, with the right genes and bloodline, living in good conditions, can live up to 70 years and grow beyond 1 metre.
In Japan there are mud ponds former Paddy fields; these being high in mineral content, the Koi kept there between April and October can grow an extra 25 cm and the harvesting of the mud ponds just before winter is a must for Koi aficionados. Feelings run high when an owners fish is being displayed to see how it has developed during its stay.
If you do intend to keep Koi its best to bear in mind a few simple rules, like filtration, shade, flow and volume. It is best to seek the advice of an expert to avoid costly mistakes.
Hacienda Koi in Manilva supplies everything you will need to get started and they work hand in hand with Renaldo Landscaping. Keeping Koi and maintaining a beautiful pond in your garden is a very worthwhile and relaxing hobby, with the added benefit of low maintenance if done correctly from the start.