A Short History for a Large Fish – In a pond, a Koi fish looks like a large goldfish, but there is really a rich history behind their breeding and why one can cost up to $60,000. The word Koi itself is derived from the Japanese word of Nishikigoi, which means brocaded carp. The term was meant to capture the ornamental design that is found on their bodies. The different varieties of Koi fish are determined by the patterns, scales and colors that they exhibit. The colors and patterns can range from singular colors or a combination of black, blue, cream, red, and yellow.
The Koi fish originated in Asia and some areas of Central Europe, but they were domesticated in East Asia where they were raised for food purposes. According to Chinese history of Koi fish, King Shoko of Ro gave a modified Koi fish, a black carp, to Confucius’s son as a gift. The gift was meant to represent good fortune, prosperity, and success, since the Koi fish has an energetic life force associated with it. The Chinese raised the fish originally for food and taught the Japanese to do so for impending harsh winters.
But the Japanese took the breeding of Koi fish further and began to breed them for their spectacular colors. Since the Japanese began to breed them specifically for their colors, they are given credit for the various breeds that exist today. Popularity of the Koi fish began to spread to other nations and soon Koi fish were sought after to breed as pets. And in 2014, the most expensive Koi Fish was purchased for $60,000, because she still possessed baby fish attributes but was actually eight-years old and 36-inches long.