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Japanese Koi Also Koi From Different Origins.

I want to purchase some more koi for my pond as I haven't bought any for a while. Normally I would go for Japanese koi but recently I've been wondering what the difference is between Japanese, Israeli and English koi?

  • Normally I would go for Japanese koi but recently I've been wondering what the difference is between Japanese, Israeli and English koi?
  • I have seen what I would describe as simply average (and at times below average) Japanese koi both in Japan and UK that I am sure would not have enjoyed a market following had they not be described as Japanese.
  • In fact, I have even heard on more than one occasion dealers trying to sell their koi on the fact that they were Japanese rather than their physical appearance (which at the time, in my opinion was nothing special), implying that their origin should be considered of greater significance to the koi keeper that the koi's quality.
  • And even though we can't make any hard and fast rules about the quality of Japanese koi compared to koi from other origins, we can make some generalisations by saying that Japanese koi do offer us a higher quality than those of other origins.
  • To achieve this relentless quest for better quality koi, koi breeders cross closely-related fish in an attempt to increase the frequency of the desirable and recessive genes, eventually leading to the creation of a bloodline with recognisable characteristics which may become the trademark of a specific breeder.
  • Furthermore, to improve the quest for quality, koi breeders in Japan will often specialise in one or two closely related varieties, whose genes, broodstock and bloodlines they can concentrate on for generations.

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