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Living jewels brighten the Japanese Garden pond.

Koi

Posted August 7, 2013. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

Known in Japan as nishikigoi, or “brocaded carp,” these vibrantly colored koi are actually varieties of the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that have been domesticated and selectively bred for their beauty.

Common carp are native to Europe and Asia. Japanese farmers began breeding carp based on coloration during the nineteenth century. Thanks to them beautiful koi fish have become a common sight in ponds worldwide. Koi can grow to be five feet long and weigh as much as 100 lbs.

The Sasebo Japanese Garden at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden would not be complete without these living jewels inhabiting its tranquil pond. Enjoy the koi, waterfall and winding trails one Thursday evening at a Summer Nights concert this month.

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