These are used for guidelines only, certain restrictions/limitations may apply
Butterfly koi originated in the mid-20th century as a result of an effort to increase the hardiness of traditional koi. Japanese breeders interbred wild Indonesian longfin river carp with traditional koi. The resulting fish had longer fins, long barbells, pompom nostrils, and were hardier than koi. These were known in Japan as "onagaoi" or "hire naga goi", or translated in English "long tail carp". Randy LeFever, the son of Wyatt LeFever, a noted breeder of koi, is credited with suggesting they looked like butterflies, a trait for which the breed is named. They are also sometimes referred to as Dragon Koi.
For clarification, the word koi is wholly inaccurate for describing these fish; Koi are, as dictated by the Japanese breeders, Nishikigoi, these long-finned carp are Hirenagagoi. The word koi has been given to these fish to increase their resale value and popularity in garden centres and the like.
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Koi and Goldfish Delivery Shipping Information
All orders for fish are shipped via FedEx Overnight Air and are only available for delivery within the 50 US States. It is very important that someone be available at the delivery address to accept the delivery as soon as it arrives by FedEx. Once we receive your order we will contact you for a good day to deliver your purchase. Don't forget to add the FedEx shipping option above to your order before you check out.
MAKE SURE SOMEONE IS HOME TO ACCEPT THEM!
If your fish arrives dead: We will require a photo of the Koi so do not dispose of it. However distasteful it may be for you to do this, you will need to cut the tail section off of the Koi and lay it on the ground with the remainder of the Koi for the picture.
It is your responsibility to put the koi in water that is good for the health of fish. Do not put fish into a pond without making sure that the water has been treated with a water conditioner and tested for ammonia levels and nitrates. The koi you receive has lived a long time already, and if it dies in your pond quite honestly there is something wrong with your water.