Koi and Shubunkin
Koi and Shubunkin sound like a rock band from the ‘70s, but don’t get too excited… the two are actually ornamental pond fish — very colorful, hardy, graceful and easy to raise. And both are a great choice for water gardens throughout all four seasons in our area.
Fish are a natural complement to having a water garden and provide a valuable and necessary balance in your pond’s ecosystem. Natural Water Gardens ponds are normally three to four feet deep, which allow the fish to live and hibernate throughout an icy upper Midwest winter. Here’s more Koi and Shubunkin fun fish facts…
Koi — A distant cousin of the common coldwater carp, koi were domesticated in China and Japan for thousands of years, although ornamental breeding for color was fairly recent. In the 1800s koi became popular in Europe and eventually were introduced to North American garden ponds during the 20th century. Properly cared for, koi can live for over 70 years.
Shubunkin Goldfish — Breeding goldfish began in China over 1,000 years ago. The hardy Shubunkin breed was developed in Japan during the early 1900s. American Shubunkin goldfish have slender bodies and a lengthy flowing single tail. Their coloration is a calico pattern with vibrant patches of black, violet, orange and red, with a predominant blue background color.