Ghost Koi ... Low Cost Beautiful Resilient Pond Fish
A new variety of koi appeared in the trade in the
early 1980's under the intriguing name of ghost koi.
Nearly two decades later, the range of fish available to
the trade under this description is almost as diverse as
the number of outlets that sell them.
- Nearly two decades later, the range of fish
available to the trade under this description is
almost as diverse as the number of outlets that sell
- The popularity of the ghost koi in the UK is so
great that in a recent survey, pondkeepers voted
ghost koi as the nation's favourite koi variety,
surprisingly head and shoulders above any of the
more conventional and more colourful koi varieties.
- Indeed, the ghost koi is not recognised by koi
enthusiasts as a koi variety and would certainly not
be found in the pond of a koi purest.
- No wonder therefore that the unprecedented rise
of the ghost's popularity has not been widely or
'officially' acknowledged over the past few years
and that its poor coverage in pond and koi
publications does not correspond to its popularity
in the UK.
- Over the last decade, ghost carp (notice the
subtle change in the name) or 'ghosties' have also
shot to the top of the list of most carp anglers.
- Recognising that koi are the same species as
carp (Cyprinus carpio) and it is through man's
selective breeding that koi occur in an infinite
array of colours and patterns, it is not surprising
that a cross between metallic koi and common carp
produces viable offspring - ghost koi.
- This range of crosses may explain to some extent
the diverse range of ghosts on the market, from the
duller 'charcoal' ghosts through to 'gun-metal' and
the very conspicuous 'titanium' ghosts.
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