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What A Whopper!

Name that fish!

This Yamabuki Ogon Koi Carp at Squire’s in Badshot Lea is the biggest yet


Squire’s Garden Centres new season Koi Carp are now available, including the biggest they have ever had at Squire’s in Badshot Lea – a Yamabuki Ogon Koi, which is a whopping 71cm (or 28 inches) long and costs £1,550! However you could also stock your pond with much smaller and more affordable varieties, with 5cm Ghost Koi only setting you back around £6.

All of the Koi Carp at Squire’s are hand selected from Israel, with only the best quality fish being chosen, and great care is taken regarding their health and welfare.

Squire’s would like you to name this beautiful big fish. She’s female and a solid metallic gold-coloured koi. Yamabuki is a Japanese word with a range of translations, from “mountain blowing gold” to “yellow rose”, which parallels the spectrum of yellows that it can exhibit. Yamabuki are hardy, large, and generally the friendliest of Koi. Their reflective gold colour represents wealth and prosperity in Japanese culture, and they can appear to almost glow in the sunshine, which makes them a great addition to any pond.

So don’t be Koi! Email your name suggestions by Thursday 31st May to competitions@squiresgardencentres.co.uk. The prize is a £100 Squire’s gift card to spend in any of their 15 garden centres, including their Pets & Aquatics Departments, which can be found at Squire’s in Badshot Lea, Stanmore, Twickenham & Washington.


About Koi Carp

  • Varieties – There are over 22 varieties of Koi, each categorized by their colour, pattern and nature of their scales.
  • Value – Their value is determined in part by how closely its colour and patterns adhere to the ideal for its particular variety.
  • Symbolism – Koi represent love and friendship in Japanese culture.
  • Sunburn – Koi can actually get sunburnt, so make sure they have shade over their pond.
  • Diet – Koi are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. They eat insects, snails and worms, as well as enjoying plants, fruit, and even lettuce and peas!
  • Water Temperature – Koi are cold-water fish, but benefit from being kept in water between 15-25 degrees centigrade.
  • Winter – Koi, and many other fish, go into a sort of dormancy in the winter, using less oxygen and naturally settling to the bottom of the pond where the water is warmer.
  • Lifespan – They usually live between 30 and 60 years, but have been known to survive for more than 200 years!