When we talk about the beautiful pets it comes to end at butterfly koi. It is very popular in all over the world and sometimes referred as the American koi. It’s a hybrid and not regarded as the true koi by the purists. The butterfly koi have fins which are long, flowing and almost the featherlike in appearance. It is reputed to be a hardy breed and also better able to handle cold temperatures. However this breed finds little acceptance in Japan and traditional breeders of koi normally not breed them. In Europe and Asia, the butterfly koi is largely unpopular for some reasons, and lots of Japan’s famous and prestigious breeders do not choose to breed the butterfly koi today. but in the United States where they are more readily available and popular. For the popularity of butterfly koi in the United States, thay are just be named American Koi.
In breeding program that led to emergence of the butterfly koi the plan was to breed to increase in hardiness of the fish. It’s thought that koi were interbred by the wild longfin river carp. The offspring be hardier but had long fins. The traditional perfect body shape of the koi is oval but this butterfly koi is more slender. The lengthy slender fins also compromised the traditional koi values. All koi breeders in Japan, avoid to have and do not have the butterfly koi in the range of koi since it is disliked and not allowed by the koi competitions.
Though in spite of this entire breed is extremely admired all over the world and there is no argument on whether or not the breed is a part of the world of koi. The Koi Club Association of America has sets up its own values as well as criteria to judge these beautiful fish. However even those standards are in process of development and there are several people who feel that criteria to judge traditional koi should not be misplaced sight of in judging butterfly koi. There are still pressures between the purists, who favor the short fins while the market for long tail is far more dominant.
Butterfly koi, also recognized as Longfin Kois and Dragon Carps are familiar by their slender bodies as well as long flowing fins and barbells. They are often white, yellow and orange in color and comes in most of traditional Nishikigoi patterns just like the Aka Bekko, Shiro Bekko, Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa to name a few.
Butterfly koi likes spare water and do not grow well in an aquarium. They could grow to become a larger fish. You may not consider keeping butterfly koi except you have a large pond holding at least the thousand gallons or more water. All criteria required for keeping koi apply equally to this koi. Butterfly koi are ravenous eater and grows very quickly and need space to do so. Indeed the butterfly koi growth is one of its most inspiring features. As much as it will be older the fish will got the longer fins and barbell whiskers. If they have given adequate water, they could grow up to forty inches. The gene for long-finned feature of koi are said to be the dominant since 80% of fry result from the interbreeding in between long finned butterflies and Japanese koi outcome in long finned fish.