Koi show at Kanapaha gardens


Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

The Gainesville Koi Club will be hosting a Koi show Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Admission to the gardens and show is $6 for adults and $3 for children between the ages of 6 to 13.

Spectators can watch the national fish of Japan swim in their characteristic meandering fashion.

At the show, more than 100 varieties of Koi will be judged competitively based on size, shape, symmetry, pattern, color depth and purity, elegance, grace and personality.

Exhibitors will be selling live fish and pond supplies in addition to providing more information about the fish.

Koi, called nishikigoi, which means colored carp in Japanese, can grow to a length of 3 feet depending on pond size and food and water quality.

Nicknamed "living jewels" because of their elegance, the fish range in price from a few dollars for fingerlings to several thousand dollars for a full-sized one.

Though their origin is unknown, they were introduced to Japan about 400 years ago where they were interbred to create hundreds of varieties based on color and pattern.

Koi are considered to be symbols of good luck and prosperity, and are depicted in Asian and Eastern paintings, pottery, sculptures and carvings.

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