The beauty and serenity of richly coloured koi gliding gracefully through the water have enchanted people for centuries.

These prized fish – exhibited regularly in competitions similar to dog shows – were originally raised by rice farmers in Japan in the 1800s.

They are bred for distinct colours and patterns, and in 2018, the grand champion of all Japanese koi sold for US$1.8 million.

The popularity of these fish, which are a type of carp, has spread far beyond Japan, as more and more people choose to incorporate a koi pond into their landscape design. Residents of Cayman are no exception.

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