When you decided to keep Koi, commitment is the key to take care of this beautiful fish. Apart from its beauty, this animal is also famous for its lifespan. There are even some statements saying that this fish can live up to hundreds of years. But whether this is a fact that can be trusted?
When talking about the lifespan of the Koi itself, there are several factors that can influence it, ranging from the cleanliness of the pond, the temperature of the water, and the food. The question that often arises in the minds of many people, is there an age difference if this fish is kept in the mountains and cities? Before answering that question, it’s good to look at one of the interesting facts about the oldest Koi that has ever lived.
The argument about the lifespan of the Koi fish itself is certainly difficult to escape from the Hanako Koi, why? Because this fish is the oldest or oldest Koi that has ever lived on earth. Imagine, his age touched 226 years. Hanako Koi itself is a colored female Koi in Higoi, Japan.
Hanako is a name that means ‘flower girl’ in Japanese. This fish was born in 1751 and died on July 7, 1977. Age of Hanako can be ascertained from analyzing the ring on his body. This evidence was further strengthened by statements from Professor Hiro and Dr. Komei Koshihara is the last owner of Hanako and is a professor from Masayoshi Hiro of the Laboratory of Animal Science and Nagoya Women’s University.
It can be concluded that the Koi fish itself does have the potential to have a fairly long life in this world. But can you still get your pet Koi to that point? Back again, does the placement of the Koi itself both in the mountains (wild) and cities have a significant influence?
Comparison of Lifespan in the Mountains and Cities
Actually there is no significant difference when talking about the lifespan of the Koi itself, although these animals live in mountainous and urban areas. Because basically Koi have a long enough life span, so you don’t need to worry too much about this.
The most important thing to consider when talking about the lifespan of the Koi itself is how the condition of the pond where it lives, with ideal pond conditions, of course, Koi can have a great opportunity to be able to live long or have a long life.
Then by paying attention to the change of water, cleanliness from the pool to the volume of water is the main key to make your Koi always in top condition. For the food itself, don’t forget to pay attention to protein levels and the food must also be of high quality. The recommended protein content for Koi fish alone is around 38 to 44%.
Do not rule out the possibility that you can still find koi that live in the wild like in Japan. The difference that can be found may be from the water conditions and the temperature. When winter comes, usually the Koi fish that live in the wild will hibernate.
It is said that hibernation is able to provide a positive benefit to the fish, which is increasing lifespan. Hanako also lives in cold environmental conditions, no wonder if the animal can touch 226 years.
Various types of fish themselves are also quite influential on their lifespan. Take for example, the type of Utsurimotno which is a new type, has a lower lifespan than other types that have been around for a long time in the world such as Kohaku.
After all, the lifespan of the Koi fish itself really depends on how the owner takes care of it, the more thorough the fish will be happier.