Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Fish / pet store
Georgia, United States
Posted Feb 23, 2013
I owned and worked with many of the varieties of Koi. I even had the opportunity of working with the Ghost Koi, which is considered by some not to be a true nishikikoi.
I loved the koi that I owned and those that I worked with. They can be and enjoy being hand fed. I often "pet" the fish as they took food from my hand, and they enjoyed the gentle touch. Although the care of these fish is not something I would pass on to a young person, I think anyone of any age would love to watch and engage with these fish. My two favorite Koi were the golden butterfly and the Asagi. The tamest of the fish is a copper colored Chagoi. "Copper" would eat from my hand and eventually taught the other Koi that I was a safe hand out. Even the shyer Showa Sanshoku to come and eat from my hand. I loved the Koi and the quiet enjoyment of their colors dancing in the sunlight.
My first experience with Koi came when I was bedridden with 2 blood clots in my leg, one of which broke away a piece and passed an embolism to my lung. My dear friend drove to my house and brought me to her home, where she had the most magnificent Koi pond with live waterfall I had ever seen. I spent hours watching the fish entertain me, while I was unable to walk. It was wonderfully relaxing. During my recovery, my friend took me to several Koi breeders and I purchased several fish of my own. I was hooked!
These are fish that provide entertainment, enjoyment and simple relaxation! ENJOY!