These Koi carp are happier with a baby’s bottle than a sprinkling of fish food.
At a market in Ayutthaya, Thailand, tourists flock to the water’s edge to feed the fish in the bizarre fashion.
A baby’s milk bottle is filled with fish food and put on the end of a stick.
As soon as the fish see the rubber teat entering the water, they flock around the bottle in a battle to be the first for lunch.
Stephanie Amaudruz captured the fascinating event while she was on holiday in Thailand earlier this year.
Koi carp come in a variety of vibrant colours, patterns and prices and collecting these beautiful creatures is a serious business.
Koi is an abbreviation of Nishikigoi, the Japanese term for ‘brocaded carp’.
The record price paid by a UK collector is £100,000 for ‘Jessica Rose’, which won the All-Japan Koi Show in 2006.
More realistically, beginners can pay £5 for a tiddler, £20 for a 6in example and £2,000 for a three-footer that may be decades old.
When looking after a Koi Carp, costs can mount rapidly: a clay conditioner for the koi’s scales works out at £80 for two weeks’ supply and 10 days’ food for 20 carp is about £100.
Healthy fish can grow up to 4ft over decades and investors tend to go for examples with a broad, blunt-nosed head and a thick well-muscled tail. The skin should be even-textured.
There are 13 basic varieties with the Kohaku the most popular.
These are white with red ‘beni’ (spotted) patterns.
The most collectible have deep, uniform shading. However, find one with a Japanese ‘sun’ on its forehead and you might have a fish worth tens of thousands of pounds.
source: Dailymail UK