Help!  My Fish is Changing Color!!!
Both goldfish and koi WILL change color occasionally.  Not all koi and goldfish will do this, but some will, and there is no single
reason why.
Some color changes are genetic.  Some are inspired by diet.  Both sunlight and water quality also have a hand in the end
result.  Regardless of the reason, it's always interesting to see what a fish will turn into the longer you have it.
I have noticed that goldfish tend to develop more black on them the longer they are in our Gridley, IL water.  Sometimes fish
will lose color, and sometimes they will develop a color you didn't know they had in them.

There are some varieties of koi that are renouned for their color changing, specifically, the Kumonryu (pronounced
Coo-mon-roo) and the Shusui (pronounced Shoe-shwee), but the list goes on and on, and even solid colored koi (or Ogons) can
develop small patches of colored spots over time if they're not a real quality fish.  Typically, the higher quality of fish you
purchase, the less likely it is to do something unexpected with it's color, but this is not always the case.  Serious koi hobbiests
will often buy a young koi that has not yet fully developed it's color in anticipation of future glory.  However, this can be a
crap shoot, and that's why a lot of money is spent on koi that have already fully developed their colors.

When a fish starts to change color, it's important to keep an eye on it because bacterial infections may look like a pending
color change but actually be a developing sore.

If you have a fish that has changed color, I would love to see it.  I will even post it on this page, if you say I can.

Remember, just keep an eye on the progress, and don't give up on the fish as "ugly" until it's had a chance to complete it's
metamorphosis!
Write me at:  pondgal@gridcom.net
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