Class Fish
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The Koi Carp is a big ornamental fish raised in Asia for more than 2000 years. This freshwater fish arises from the crossbreeding between Common Carps (Cyprinus carpio) which were initially found in the rice fields and reared as food. These days, Koi Carps are raised throughout the world and awaken passions within producers. Japan is a world leader in Koi production.

Diet and lifespan

Up to a meter in length, this omnivorous cold water fish has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. It’s a gregarious animal with a nice temperament which can be easily tamed. Koi Carp in Japanese culture is a symbol of love and friendship.


The varieties of carps are determined on the basis of the fishes’ colors and the type of marks found on their skin. For example, the Tanchō is a white-skinned Koi with a solitary red patch on its head. It is much loved by the Japenese as it resembles the Japanese Flag. Tanchō is also the Japanese name for the Red-crowned Crane, which has the same red patch.

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