Take a nibble on my hook!Oh wait!
Scratch that, not fishing for supper here am I???
Oh my wise and wonderful Wizards, I am so happy you have such active imaginations and are using them to full capacity! We had some great conjectures regarding on what last weeks fuzzy (some called it) mystery was. And because some of you had actually guessed 2 different things you were twice as right! As my clue had a small piece of another critter in the face of the main clue. The answer to last weeks enigma was a Koi!
Here is a slightly larger version of the clue...
the arrow is pointing to the face of the Koi, the photo was turned up-side down, with just a part of the goldfish tail in view. Here is the complete picture:
Can you find the face of the selected Koi above?
Here is the list of the Wednesday Wizards that guessed either Koi or goldfish...
Larry over at CakeBlast! He wrote both answers!!
she had both answers as well!
You all now can grab the coveted Wednesday Wizard badge over there in the left side side, to proudly display your wonderful knowledge of all things, well at least all things here at GrammyMouseTails ☺ !
What do we know of these fishys called Koi? Well first off Koi and goldfish are two separate species. Goldfish were developed in China more than a thousand years ago by selectively breeding Prussian carp for color mutations. During the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), yellow, orange, white and red-and-white colorations had been developed. Goldfish and Prussian carp are now considered different species.
Goldfish were introduced to Japan in the 16th century and to Europe in the 17th century.Koi on the other hand, were developed from common carp in Japan in the 1820s. Koi are domesticated common carp that are culled for color, they are not a different species and will revert to the original coloration within a few generations if allowed to breed freely.
The word 'koi' comes from Japanese, simply meaning "carp." The Japanese name means "Carp like Beautiful textile." It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as 'koi' in English are referred to more specifically as 'nishikigoi' in Japan (literally meaning 'brocaded carp'). In Japanese, 'koi' is a homophone for another word that means 'affection' or 'love'; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan. An example of this is given in a short story by Mukoda Kuniko, "Koi-san". Koi tattoos have also become a popular trend in North America.
Many facts found and some linked to Wikipedia.
Today Koi are bred in every country and considered to be the most popular fresh-water ornamental pond fish and are often referred to as being "living jewels" or "swimming flowers".
Koi are actually little socialites ( they get along well with goldfish and other pond fish that are not aggressive or to small that the Koi think they are a snack) and can recognize their owner (or at least the person who feeds them) and will gather around the feeding area even before the food is dropped into the water. They can be trained to take food from one's hand. You can take full advantage of this by checking them out for parasites or signs of disease whenever you feed them. Give them food that floats to the surface of the water to get an even better look at them while they feed. Koi are an omnivorous fish and will often eat a wide variety of foods, including peas, lettuce, and watermelon. Special Koi pellets and even "koi cookies" are nutritionally balanced and also made to float as to encourage them to come to the surface. Once temperatures drop and winter arrives Koi digestive systems slows to a halt and they eat if even a nibble of algae from the bottom of the pond until spring warms up the pond again.
The Koi you have been enjoying are from my BFFs yard and have a beautiful habitat created for them by her DH. They are part of the "park" we visit when we need to find a bit more peace than in our own yard ☺!
Koi's bright colors put them at a severe disadvantage against predators; a white-skinned Kohaku is a visual dinner bell against the dark green of a pond. Herons, kingfishers, raccoons, cats, foxes, badgers and hedgehogs are all capable of emptying a pond of its fish. A well-designed outdoor pond will have areas too deep for herons to stand in, overhangs high enough above the water that mammals can't reach in, and shade trees overhead to block the view of aerial passers-by. It may prove necessary to string nets or wires above the surface. A pond usually includes a pump and filtration system to keep the water clear. As you can see in the photo above, Richard has seen to the everything for his Koi safety and so they can continue to sit and enjoy them and listen to the peaceful sounds of nature and water.
One last fun fact:
Koi can blush! Koi show stress by blushing red in their fins and on their bodies. When they are handled in a net you can see the red in their fins, between the spines. Also when they are in a stressful environment, such as bad water, they will often show a red blush on their bodies under the scales. Sometimes they almost look like they have varicose veins.
If you see this they are trying to tell you something is causing them stress. Take measures to relieve the stress or you will start to lose Koi.
This is similar to when we, humans blush from embarrassment or stress.
Before I leave you with next weeks puzzler I want to thank you again for visiting, commenting and playing along each week. Mr. Linky will be below as always for those who like to follow the mid-week memes (Wordless/ Wordful Wednesdays, Watery Wednesday ) and visit others to see what great things wait out there in the internet world.
Time to put on those creative thinking hats...
This weeks clue:
Until next time,
Keep your eyes openand your mind alert!