Japanese Koi Pond

Solana Beach, California, United States

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The underwater koi camera is located in a pond located in San Diego, California. The pond is about 15 feet long, 4 feet wide and 3.5 feet deep. There are currently 12 colorful young koi fish in this pond as well as 2 goldfish.

Daily feedings happen between 4pm to 6pm Pacific Standard Time. Enjoy!

Koi Fish Origins:
Koi fish were originally brought to Japan as a food source
Koi fish are descendants of the hardy Carp, which is so adaptable it can be found all around the world
Koi fish were developed by farmers who first noticed the bright color patches on carp and then began to breed the carp to get the beautiful Koi we have today
Koi fish and Goldfish are distant cousins as they both decent from Carp, but goldfish came about long before the koi fish
Koi Fish Biology:
The largest koi fish ever recorded was 4 feet long and 91 pounds!
Koi fish are omnivores who will eat just about anything you feed them including lettuce and watermelon
Koi fish can get sun burns so they do need shade
Koi fish enjoy having other koi fish around but have also been known to bully non-koi pond mates
The oldest recorded koi fish was named Hanako. She was born in 1791 and lived to be 226 years old!
Miscellaneous Koi Fish Facts:
There are 24 koi fish varieties and counting. A new koi fish variety could be presented at any time but for now there are the Kohaku, Taisho Sanke, Showa Sanshoku, Tancho, Shiro Utsuri, Hi Utsuri, Ki Utsuri, Asagi, Shusui, Matsuba, Platinum Ogon, Yamabuki Ogon, Kujaku, Hariwake, Kikusui, Kumonryu, Beni Kumonryu, Chagoi, Soragoi, Ochiba Shigure,Goromo, Goshiki, Kikokuryu, and the Kin Kikokuryu
Koi fish are surprisingly intelligent. This allows koi parents to train their koi fish to eat from their hand and even ring a bell for a treat
Koi fish symbolize persistence, determination, wealth, success, and good fortune
Koi fish's brilliant colors make it harder for them to survive because it attracts predators such as cats, birds of prey, and raccoons
Female koi fish can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during one breeding season of which half will hatch if not tended to

The Chinese high-fin banded shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus) is a popular freshwater aquarium fish that belongs to the Catostomidae family. It grows to about 135 cm (53 in) long and is unsuitable for most home aquariums. It has declined drastically due to pollution, dams (preventing its natural breeding migration), overfishing, introduced speciesand collection for the aquarium trade. As a consequence it has been placed on the Chinese list of endangered speciesand is a state protected species.

Young Chinese high-fin banded sharks normally possess brown bodies bearing three dark-colored slanting bands. During the breeding season, adult males are distinguished from adult females by their red coloration. Adult females are of dark purple color with a broad and vertical reddish area along the body. Juveniles of the Chinese high-fin banded sharks are also characterized by high and triangular dorsal finnage that extends up to the rear of the anal fin. The adult appearance is far less distinctive, as they are elongated in shape without the very high dorsal fin. The thick and fleshy lips bear small papillae without barbels. They have a single row of pharyngeal teeth that have comb-like arrangements.

Through adulthood, Chinese high-fin banded sharks become darker in appearance. The characteristic pale bands found in young specimens disappear at a length of 30–36 cm (12–14 in), and the species has been referred to as an "ugly duckling in reverse". The growth is fast; it typically reaches a length of about 20 cm (8 in) in its first year and 50 cm (1 ft 8 in) by an age of three. Sexual maturity is reached when five to six years old and at least 60 cm (2 ft) long. The maximum size reached by this fish is 1.35 m (4 ft 5 in) in length and 40 kg (88 lb) in weight.

In its natural habitat, Chinese high-fin banded sharks live for more than 25 years and reaches sexual maturity when 5 to 6 years old.

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