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Color Changes in Koi, and Other Species of Fish

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Koi and goldfish color changes are USUALLY genetic but sometimes you’ll see a koi or goldfish turning black. USUALLY this is from a crashed pH, chronic parasitism, or ammonia-burn. The following test kit, tests for EVERYTHING. It’s 16 bucks and takes 30 seconds to run.

Sometimes the blackening is INTENTIONAL by breeders in Asia who will blacken Sarassa goldfish to create “tricolors”. The black departs the fish within a month.

To intervene on blackening of a koi or goldfish you need to test the water and correct any problems found. And it isn’t a bad idea to SHOTGUN the tank for parasites once you’ve got your water right.