Fun Facts about Koi Fish

Not only are koi fish tranquil and lovely, but they also have an interesting past and intriguing traits. To celebrate National Koi Fish Day on July 7, here are some interesting trivia about these incredible sea creatures that you may not know:

  1. Japan is the fish’s original home. Originally bred in Japan, koi fish are a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune. More than 200 years ago, rice growers observed their vivid hues and began selectively breeding them, which is how they were first introduced.

  2. Beautiful types: Koi come in more than a hundred different types, each with its own color patterns and scales. Among the most well-liked types are Showa Sanke (black with red and white patterns), Taisho Sanke (white with black and red spots), and Kohaku (white with red patches).

  3. Longevity: Koi fish have a long lifespan. Under the right circumstances, they may live for thirty to forty years, and some have been known to live beyond 200 years. Hanako, the oldest koi ever documented, lived to be 226 years old!
  1. Memory and Intelligence: Koi are noted for their memory and intelligence, and they can be trained to eat out of your hand. They can identify the person who feeds them thanks to their excellent memory, and they frequently come to the surface to say hello.

  2. Size Counts: Koi fish have a huge growth potential and can reach lengths of two to three feet. Their diet and surroundings affect their size. They can get much bigger in a large pond with plenty of food.

  3. Symbolism and Meaning: In Japanese culture, koi fish symbolize perseverance and strength. Their ability to swim upstream and against currents is seen as a metaphor for overcoming life’s difficulties and obstacles.
  1. Social Creatures: Koi like the company of other fish since they are social fish. They frequently appear swimming in groups and interacting with one another. They are a wonderful complement to a varied pond ecology since they can live in harmony with various species.

  2. Changing Colors: Koi’s diet and surroundings might cause them to change color. Their hue can be affected by temperature, food type, and water quality. Their ability to adapt makes them even more interesting to watch.

  3. Koi Kisses: Did you know that koi fish can “kiss”? Well, not really, but they do have a unique way of greeting each other and exploring their environment by bumping and nuzzling with their mouths. It’s their way of saying hello!

  4. Best Western De Anza Inn has a koi pond in the lobby! Guests can observe our koi as they swim about.


Located in Monterey, DeAnza Inn is an ideal place for visiting couples and families who want to explore  Monterey and other nearby attractions. At De Anza Inn, expect spacious rooms, affordable rates and service from a team of people who care.

2141 North Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940


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