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What is the lifespan of koi fish?

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Koi fish have a typical life span ranging from 50 to 70 years. There are authenticated cases, however, in which koi have lived over 200 years.

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While most koi do not reach the exceedingly long life span sometimes attributed to the species, the oldest koi fish lived to be 226 years old. This fish, named Hanako, died on July 7, 1977, according to Mother Nature Network. Koi typically grow to reach 2 to 3 feet long and weigh approximately 35 pounds. They are a species of common carp fish bred through the centuries by Japanese rice farmers to have the color variations they are known for today.

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    How long do koi live?

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    Koi live an average of 50 to 70 years, but can live over 200 years. The oldest koi on record is Hanako, a scarlet koi that died in 1977 at the age of 226.

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    What is a mongrel koi?

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    Koi fish are really a type of carp. The term "mongrel koi" refers to koi fish which have somehow become inbred with other types of fish. Koi fish are popular for their colors and sleek appearance in fish ponds.

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    What do baby koi look like?

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    According to Cuttlebrook Koi Farm, baby koi look similar to adult koi but much smaller. Baby koi also have variable color patterns compared to adults, and they may change in appearance significantly by the time they reach adulthood.

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    Where can you find pictures of Koi diseases?

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    Pictures of diseases among koi are available for viewing on KoiCrisis.com and Koi Pond Guide, as of 2015. Both websites are dedicated to koi and koi health and feature full-color photos of various diseases and parasites that are seen in koi fish.

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