Monday, March 14, 2011
Japanese Koi a Fish Formerly Known as Carp (Photo Essay)
Sure enough, one day someone noticed every now and then a carp would show up with some different colors. So, they start doing selective breeding, just fish among fish, I mean. The guy probably watched.
Next thing you know, everybody wants to get in on the act and create designer fish. This was way before TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were even a twinkle in some person's eyes.
Joke about it, as I may, raising Japanese Koi is serious business. When I researched this critter I found out the regular, old fashioned Carp is a Cyprinus carpio.
And the carp from Prussia, called a Carassius gibelio got selective breeding giving the world goldfish.
But, if you try and figure out what the scientists call the different Japanese Koi for a Latin name, you're in for a full day's work. Then, you'd be getting into DNA and who done what so, I said the heck with that and decided I'd go check to see how much these critters are really worth.
Well, you can find pages and pages of reputable (I think) online dealers trying to get your credit card number. And that was enough to change my mind.
It's not like I was trying to order some French perfume or anything. So, I slammed the laptop shut and took a break.
Not to leave my readers hanging, I went back to see what else I could find that might interest you. Look what I found. There's a lot of free stuff, like articles to read but, if you really want to become an authority, you can enroll in a Ten Week Course at the KOI FISH SCHOOL . Yup.
Now, they've got me wondering. Like, if I was sure they'd put "Japanese Koi a fish formerly known as Carp" on my diploma, I could go for that ! Wouldn't you ?
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