My parents once told me that koi fish were lucky creatures.
They said that koi fish not only brought good fortune to the household but also absorbed the bad luck that you would otherwise encounter. Apparently, they once knew someone who had recovered from a major illness, only to find one of their koi fish dead. To put it simply, it is said that a koi fish dies when it has absorbed the bad luck that was meant for you.
Although koi fish are most widely known to be the national fish of Japan, the breed was actually imported from China as far back as 2,500 years ago. Unsurprisingly, this means that koi fish have long been integrated into Chinese history and culture.
There is one legend, in particular, that turned koi fish into symbols of strength, perseverance, and good fortune. According to myth, there was once a large school of golden koi swimming upward against the current of the Yellow River, glimmering in their struggles to reach the waterfall located at the end of their destination. Although some of the fish were deterred by the strong currents, several koi still endured, only to be mocked by the local beasts who continued to raise the height of the waterfall.
However, a hundred years later, one of the koi fish was able to leap to the very top. Rewarded by the gods for its constant strength and determination, the gods turned the koi into a golden dragon. Since then, koi fish have been prized for their positive fortune.
Because of this, koi fish have become popular fixtures in many Chinese households all around the world. For those interested in raising these beautiful creatures, you’re in luck!
In an interview with CHiNOY TV, Carter Lee of Koi Village Pet Mall shares great tips on how to choose and raise your own fortune-bringing koi fish:
1. Identify your preferred breed.
“Kohaku, Showa [Sanshoku], and [Taisho] Sanke are the three most famous [breeds of] koi fish,” stated Lee. “Actually, koi fish come in different colors, but they are all basically the same.”
Kohaku (紅白) literally translates to “red and white,” alluding to the fish’s white skin and red markings. Possessing similar characteristics, Taisho Sanke (大正三色), often abbreviated to just “Sanke,” is known not only for its distinctive red-and-white skin but also for its sumi (read: small, black markings). Lastly, the Showa Sanshoku is a variety of koi fish that are identified by their black skin marked with red and white pigments.
2. Make sure that the koi fish you raise are healthy from the get-go.
For those new to koi-raising, Lee suggests buying from legitimate and certified koi breeders in order to minimize any diseases or defects. That said, all of those interested in raising the breed must also know what to consider to choose a good koi.
According to Lee, there are three important factors to keep in mind when purchasing new koi fish: body structure, skin color, and pattern. To put it simply, he says, “A brightly colored koi is a good koi.”
3. Purchase a lucky number of koi fish.
Numbers are very important in Chinese culture, with some being luckier than others. Feng Shui dictates that the best way to maximize your koi-induced fortune is to make sure that you constantly have nine fish swimming in your pond — the luckiest combination is to have eight of them colored and one of them black!
4. Maintain a clean koi pond.
One of the most important things to remember when raising koi is to make sure that there is a suitable place for the fish to thrive. “Start with a proper koi pond with a good filtration system. Kailangan complete talaga ‘yung filtration system para maging okay ‘yung koi,” said Lee.
In order to preserve a good environment for the koi fish, Lee insists on the following advice: “Maintain good filtration, [practice] weekly cleaning, replace dirty water, then feed them adequate feeds.”
5. Stock up on nutritious feed.
If you want your fish to survive, then you better feed them something healthy! Generally, Lee suggests that the best feeds are those with high protein and nutrients that promote color vibrancy.
Yuri Koi Fish Feeds, for example, features a high-quality diet scientifically formulated with fish meal, feed oil, and grains that are essential for the overall energy, growth, and longevity of a healthy koi fish. Koi raisers will be pleased to know that Yuri Koi Fish pellets are also infused with spirulina, which provides the rich nutrients needed to effectively enhance your koi’s natural vibrant colors, as well as Vitamin C for a strong immune system.
Let your koi fish live their best lives by providing them with the nutrition to be both healthy and beautiful.
Available in 10 kg packs, Yuri Koi Fish Feeds will surely bring you one step closer to having a lucky home!
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