The tranquility of watching fish swim through a body of water cannot be overstated; their gentle, swaying motions lend an air of grace to your pond. We carry a range of fish suitable for any environment; let us help you make the right choice!
We specialize in pure-blood Japanese Koi of the highest quality, boasting deep, pure colors, ensuring they appear vibrant in your pond! No two fish are alike, and these fish are of show-winning quality! Regardless of your show intentions, Japanese Koi make a wonderfully colorful addition to any pond! Click here to learn more!
We carry a wide assortment of LongFin Koi, distinguishable from the Japanese Koi by their long, flowing fins and tails. These long fins create a graceful, flowing visual that is most impressive! We stock premier LongFin Koi from the best breeders in the United States; click here to learn more!
If Koi don’t strike your fancy, don’t worry! We supply some of the highest-quality goldfish around, but these aren’t just goldfish. These are Sarassa Comets, Shubunkins, Cobalt Shubunkins, and Sunshine Comets! Deep red, pure whites, and vibrant yellows abound; click here to learn more!
We carry the widest selection of premier Fancy Goldfish in Texas, with over 20 varieties available! Ranging from small, 1″ fish to large, 7″ potentially-show-winning fish, we have something for everyone! Come out and take a look at what’s in stock; we’re always getting new fish! Click here to learn more!
The history of the Nishikigoi fish is fascinating. Nobody knows exactly where the Koi of today originated, but it is widely accepted that their ancestor, the common carp, originated somewhere near Persia and Western Asia. As a preface, it is important to realize that Koi are a form of Carp with a mutated color gene. We will begin with the history of Carp.
Carp were originally domesticated in Eastern Asia in the early 400’s as an important source of food. It is thought that the carp migrated into China either through trade or through natural waterways, and they quickly grew in popularity. It is not known exactly when the carp were introduced into Japan, but it is thought to have been through trade. Because Carp are an excellent source of protein, the rice farmers of the Niigata Prefecture began to keep them as a protein supplement to balance their rice-heavy diet. This practice ensured the wide spread of Carp throughout Japan as a functional staple.
In the mid-1800’s, the rice farmers began to notice small spots of color on the carp. The first colors to appear were red and white. Due to their unique nature, these carp were not used for food, but were kept as pets. The colorful Carp were selectively bred in an effort to expand the colors of the fish. This effort was successful, and in due time more colors began to emerge.
In the early 1900’s, Koi were crossbred with the scaleless Carp of Germany. This led to the creation of the “Doitsu” Koi (The Japanese word for German). Doitsu Koi have no scales, save for a pattern of small scales down their back (near the dorsal fin).
Koi keeping gained popularity in Japan when, in 1914, several Koi breeders brought samples of different varieties to an exposition in Tokyo. People from all over Japan saw these “Living Jewels,” and were smitten. This increase in popularity led to an increased demand for the fish, which caused the creation of new varieties to spike. Koi gained popularity not only in Japan, but around the world.
The Chinese believed that Koi brought “Ong,” meaning “luck.” Because of this belief, many people built small koi ponds outside of their houses in an attempt to bring prosperity to their lives. For others, having a koi pond became a fun and relaxing hobby. Regardless of their purpose, nothing can beat the charm and beauty of a gorgeous Koi pond.
Koi are a highly social and playful variety of fish. They are ideal for the water garden or a backyard pond as they are playful, hardy, beautiful, and love to be hand-fed. The more time you spend with your koi, the more you will be able to recognize their individual personalities, and the more your fish will become accustomed to your face and voice.
Centuries down the line, what began as an unusual color pattern on a source of food has blossomed into a worldwide hobby with millions of participants. We invite you to come out and see why this hobby has grown like it has; we know you’ll love it!