Floating Water Lettus
Long flowing purple roots make this plant an great spawning plant for your goldfish. This floating plant grows in rosettes and baby plants sprout from the sides. A whole colony may develop by summers end. Mature plants reach about 6 inches across. This floating plant makes a beautiful textural contrast to other aquatics. Develops best color in shade, but likes heat and humidity.
Mrs. Perry D Slocum
A beautiful water garden addition the lotus. This aquatic plant has large showy water lily-like flowers. These flowers are radiant above the waters. A very fragrant lotus with large double blossoms that open deep pink, change to pink and yellow the second day and creamy yellow on the third day. Stands 4' to 5' tall. For medium or large ponds.
Varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Today there are more than 100 different color types whites, creams, yellows, oranges, reds, lavenders, blues, greens and blacks. While possible variations are limitless, breeders have identified and named specific categories. The word Koi comes from Japanese, simply meaning carp. Both goldfish and carp belong to the same family. Koi grow much larger than goldfish. Koi like goldfish can be pond raised and easily be tamed and trained to eat out of your hand. Koi ponds are different from a water garden because Koi limit the amount of plant life available to be grown. Koi eat most pond plants but their dispositions are mellow and their mouths are toothless and soft. A large Koi can be safely be housed with smaller Koi and common goldfish.
The Oranda and other slower moving fancy goldfish would have problems competing for food. Koi can grow quite large two feet in three years. Koi require large ponds. It is not uncommon for a healthy Koi to live thirty years. Koi can live for decades. One famous scarlet Koi, named "Hanako" (c. 1751 – July 7, 1977) was owned by several individuals, the last of which was Dr. Komei Koshihara. Hanako was reportedly 226 years old upon her death. Her age was determined by removing one of her scales and examining it extensively in 1966. She is to date the longest-lived Koi fish ever recorded.