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When Buying Koi Is
Who and Where
They Come From… Period!
Here are some other tips to help your fish become more friendly:
The Friendly Chagoi
Chagoi are uniform brown Koi. The word "Chat", derived from the Chinese/Japanese word for tea, describes the color of this breed. They are noted for two distinct qualities: their capacity to grow very large Chagoi and their extreme friendliness. Introducing a Chagoi to a pond full of nervous Koi has a calming effect, speeding up the hand-
Over the past few years we have had many calls from people who are trying to get their fish to be more tame. We have found that various varieties of Koi have different demeanors, just like people. Some people are friendly, inquisitive and like to be social while other people are bit more reserved and would rather be by themselves.
One of the most rewarding experiences in Koi keeping is having your prized fish greet you every morning or night eagerly waiting at the pond side for a handful of Koi food or a Koi Treat. In some situations the fish naturally associate your footsteps with the addition of food to the pond and learn very quickly to adapt in order to get the biggest mouthful. In other situations it seems as though the fish never quite get used to the footsteps and always wait until the activity around the pond edge ceases before they come up to get a bite to eat.
One of the most tried and true methods of calming your fish and teaching them to respond positively to your presence is to add a fish variety that's is by nature very very friendly. We have found that the most friendly fish that will eat out of your hand after just a short while come from the Chagoi, Soragoi, and Ochiba Shigure varieties.
These fish can be related to Labrador retrievers of the dog world. Always happy to see you and very friendly and inquisitive. These fish can grow very large and typically are stronger health wise than other varieties. By adding one to two of these fish to your collection, they can quickly teach the other fish that it is OK to greet you at the pond side in order to get a snack.
Good luck and if anybody has any pictures of their favorite fish eating from their hands, sucking out of a bottle, or other crazy things, please share them on our Facebook Page we would love to see them!