Japanese Koi Fish: A Brief History
The history of the Japanese Koi fish is not commonly known to even the most dedicated Koi fish owner, and you wouldn’t believe how much they are missing out on! The history of Koi is very elaborate and gives you a new respect for these resilient fish.
This ancient, beautiful and long-lived fish continues to fascinate and intrigue. Millions of dollars are spent each year on a few of the very best Koi specimens, and many more millions are spent on the more common types.To understand why this fish is so popular, we need to understand its history and ancestry.
Record Breaking Sale Price
A Koi Carp fish has sold an auction in Japan for a record £1.4 million – £1 million than the previous highest bid.
The 3ft 3ins long red and white fish was bought by a collector from Taiwan after a fierce bidding war at the Saki Fish farm in the city of Hiroshima. The female Koi, which has the name S Legend, is of the Kohaku variety and the most recognisable among the many varieties of carp that can be bought.
Miss Yingying from Taiwan emerged the successful bidder, buying the fish from breeder Kentaro Sakai for 203 million Yen. She plans to leave the nine-year-old fish to compete in the All Japan Koi Show where it is expected to win for a second year running. The 3ft 3in long red and white Koi Carp was bought by a collector from Taiwan after a fierce bidding war at the Saki Fish farm in the city of Hiroshima The female Koi, which has the name S Legend, is of the Kohaku variety and the most recognisable among the many varieties of carp that can be bought.
Fans and collectors of Koi Carp will travel from all over the world to get a glimpse of the £1.4m fish.
The new owner will have the opportunity to breed the fish which has the potential produce up to 500, 000 eggs, of which no more than 5, 000 will be of the right quality to sell
While £1.4 million is a record sale collector of Koi collectors can fill their Folsom landscape ponds with other varieties that can cost as little as £12.50.
Larger Koi and with near perfect colouring can sell for up to £2, 000 with the higher quality going for £20, 000.
Japan remains the biggest producer of Koi with 90 per cent of production destined for export.
In 2016, Japan exported a record 295 tonnes of koi carp bringing in revenue of over £28 million.
Domestication of the Carp
The origins of these superb creatures are as murky as the muddy ponds their ancestors inhabited.
Several carp species are native to Central Europe and Asia; one of them, Cyprinus carpio, originating in the area of the Black, Caspian, and Aral seas, spread west to the Danube river in Europe and east to East Asia, was domesticated in both regions, and eventually gave rise to the koi.
Carp were breed in landscaping ponds for food at least 2400 years ago in China and during the Roman Empire in Europe.
Domesticated carp were long a mainstay food source for many people around the world, including in Europe.