In the 17th century in Japan, farmers started raising Magoi (carp) to supplement
Two hundred years ago a farmer saw a carp with some red color on it.
separating these fish with color and breeding them together.
One thing leads to another.
Interest grew and more color variations were developed.
In 1914 some of the mot beautiful varieties were shown in an exposition in Tokyo.
Some of these were presented to Crown Prince Hirohito. This is how it really got started.
Nishikigoi first became popular in the United States when they were introduced in California
in the mid 1950's.
Earliest written records of Koi were found in China in a book written during the Western
Chin Dynasty 265-316 AD.
Koi can reach lengths of 2 to 3 feet and
can live to be 200 Years or Older.