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Koi History

Koi  History

Koi (Cyprinus carpio), known in Japan as nishikigoi, are a descendent of the common carp. Nishikigoi, literally translated means "brocaded carp". Koi were originally bred for color in Japan in the 1820's but were not known to the world until the early 1900's. Over the years, selective breeding and culling has added limitless color varieties.

Koi are considered to be some of the longest living vertebrates, with some koi living to be over 200 years old. In fact, the oldest koi on record, Hanako, died in 1977 at the age of 226!

Ozark Fisheries has been raising koi fish since the early 1970's when our original broodstock was purchased in Japan. Since those original koi brooders, we have culled through each year's fry, saving the very best back to use as future broodstock.

Ozark Fisheries now offers a full line of koi and butterfly koi for sale.