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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Are Koi fry usually born black and change colour wih age? -Eileen

All Koi start out as tiny dark fry after they emerge from their eggs. They soon start to develop their colors. Most will have a dull brown or just a single color, like orange. The reputable breeders cull out these and leave only the select few that have the potential to grow out into a beautiful fish.

Different varieties will turn different colors when they are small. Kohakus will turn an orange color with a pattern, Showas will remain black, metallic Koi will have a sheen, ect. As Koi grow older, their colors and patterns come out.

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