Long Island Aquarium’s Koi Pond – a summer 2007 addition to the Aquarium – showcases several varieties of koi, Japan’s national fish, also known as “Nishikigoi,” which is Japanese for “ornamental” or “colorful carp.”
Bred and cultivated for generations to produce the many different colors and vibrant markings for which they are prized, koi (Cyprinus carpio) are closely related to goldfish. Reaching lengths of up to three feet, these fish can live for up to 50 years, though there have been reports of some specimens living for as long as 200 years!
These hardy fish live in cold waters and survive on a diet of shrimps, worms, insects, and plant life. Visitors to Long Island Aquarium can feed these beautiful fish for a nominal fee.
In addition to koi, Long Island Aquarium’s Koi Pond contains a variety of aquatic plant species, including water hyacinth, water lilies, water lettuce, papyrus and canna.