I could just KICK myself for not taking my camera on a trip to a local aquatics store the other day! Tons of beautiful demonstration ponds, plants up the wazoo....but the crowning glory, for me, was seeing this HUGE koi. They said he's about 20 yrs. old and 20 lbs. They had him in an above-ground tank with other koi priced at $250, but they said he's not for sale. :D
He actually came up and investigated my finger in the water, his nice juicy lips making sucking noises at the surface. Then, he let me pet him!! I'm in LOVE!! They only call him "Monster", but I prefer Casanova. *sigh*
I've never really been interested in keeping koi, but this guy won my heart!