Dive into our latest blog to find out:

  • What are koi?
  • What do koi eat?
  • What is the history behind the koi breed of fish?

Nestled in the picturesque grounds of Fulton Steamboat Inn in Lancaster, PA, lies a tranquil pond that is home to many ducks and a mesmerizing collection of koi fish. The pond is the perfect setting to slow down, relax and take a deep exhale. The koi make the experience even more unique. 

What are Koi?

Koi, scientifically known as Cyprinus carpio, are a type of carp that have captured the hearts of fish enthusiasts worldwide. Although they may resemble their distant cousins, goldfish (Carassius auratus), koi are a distinct species. Both koi and goldfish belong to the cyprinidae family, a classification that showcases their shared lineage.

Feeding Our Finned Friends

As omnivores, koi have a diverse palate that includes both plant and animal matter. At Fulton Steamboat Inn, we take great care to ensure that our koi receive a well-balanced diet. Our dedicated staff provides them with specially formulated pellets that contain essential nutrients to maintain their health and enhance their vibrant colors. The amount of food given to our koi is carefully regulated, taking into account factors such as pond size, water temperature, and the number of fish in residence.

A Rich History

The story of koi dates back over 2,500 years, when black-colored carp were first brought to Japan from China. Historical records from the 2nd century A.D. reveal that Japanese emperors kept colored mutations of carp as cherished pets. However, it wasn’t until the 1800s that the Japanese began selectively breeding koi for their unique colors and patterns.

In 1914, a groundbreaking exhibition in Tokyo showcased new breeds and patterns of koi, including those adorned with three distinct colors. This event marked a significant milestone in the development of modern koi as we know them today.

Book Your Stay and Enjoy the Unique Amenities at Fulton Steamboat Inn

As you explore the serene surroundings of Fulton Steamboat Inn, take a moment to appreciate the exquisite koi swimming around our pond. Book a stay so you can find yourself strolling along our walking path, pause for a moment, and marvel at the enchanting world of koi that thrives right here in Lancaster, PA.