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Brightly colored and patterned fish, distant relatives of carp, the koi in Colorado Belle Hotel Casino's moat are a popular attraction. Each year, thousands of visitors take time during their visits to watch the fish from the deck above the moat, believed to be the largest privately owned koi pond in the state of Nevada. Colorado Belle has been careful to provide a comfortable habitat for the fish-koi will live up to 60 years or more in a healthy environment.
In March, 2003, the moat underwent special maintenance to prepare for the breeding season. Plants were added to enhance the environment for the fish and special breeding mats are in place for female koi to deposit eggs. They are now spawning and the moat will soon be populated with koi fry.
CREATING A PLEASANT
OF KOI IN MOAT
Koi, or "Nishikigoi", have been bred and revered in Japan for several centuries, and breeders have developed several distinct varieties within the species. The fish's greatest appeal among breeders lies in the fact that there are no two exactly alike. In breeders' shows, they are judged for color and the unique patterns on their backs, including the color contrast, definition and location of markings.