Carp – Fishy Survivor
Carp is the name of several fish in the carp family. One of the best-known carp is the common carp. The common carp is a fish that lives along the muddy bottoms of ponds, lakes, and rivers. It swallows plants, insects and fish eggs. It was first found in Asia but was later taken into Europe and North America. Sometimes carp can live 100 years and grow to weigh 35 kilograms or more. Goldfish and minnows also belong to the carp family.
The carp has a blunt nose and a small thick-lipped mouth. Most types of carp have feelers, called barbels, at the corners of the mouth. The barbels help the carp find food in dark, muddy water. Their food is mostly obtained by probing in the bottom mud of their aquatic habitat.
The scale carp has large scales all over its wide heavy body. Its back is olive green, its sides are gold-colored, and its belly is bright yellow. The mirror carp has only three or four rows of huge scales along its sides. The leather carp is almost without scales, but it has a very thick skin.
Carp can thrive even in dirty water and can also survive in very warm and very cold water.
In Asia and Europe carp are often raised in ponds because it is possible to grow many fish in a small amount of water. Koi is popular in backyard and garden ponds.
Carp live alone or in small groups. Female carp lay thousands of eggs each year. The eggs hatch within several days, and the baby carp grow quickly.
In their natural environment, carp are thought to live for as many as 15 years.
Carp for the Japanese is a symbol of prosperity, longevity, wisdom and courage, some kind of inner strength. For the Japanese watching carp in the water is a whole contemplative ritual, similar to meditation. Carp is very hardy, which made him a symbol of samurai power.
In feng shui carp is a sacred fish, a symbol of luck and spiritual achievements.