In ancient Asian cultures, Koi are considered to be good luck, or “ong.” Many people build Koi Gardens as a means to fill their life with “ong” and “feng shui.” Now, koi ponds are relatively common all over the world, and are built for beauty and entertainment as well as peace of mind. Koi ponds and gardens also attract all sorts of wildlife to the area, and unique insects and animals will undoubtedly be seen living in the new environment.
Koi, actually called Nishikigoi, are actually a type of carp, bred over the years to have bright colors and patterns. In Japanese, the word Nishikigoi means “brocaded carp.” The koi are especially hardy fish. They are also incredibly social and intelligent, and can be trained to be hand-fed. Koi have individual personalities, and can live longer than two hundred years.