Black Koi at Petsmart


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I was at Petsmart yesterday getting dog food (and of course had to look at the fish) I noticed they had black koi for sale (which they had listed seperate from the other koi) I dont recall ever seeing them before.

Im curious about it as I thought the black koi were actually a mix of a koi and a goldfish.
 
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We have two mostly black koi and one mostly black with some orange. At first I was annoyed by them - they're pond born and I thought "oh great. Two more fish THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE!!" But as they got bigger, they actually started to grow on me (ha!). They're our stealth koi. And the Japanese say you should always have one black koi in a pond to absorb all the bad luck - or something like that!
 
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Lisa, That's funny about being annoyed at first and then growing on you.

I'm going to have to look up the Japanese luck thing.

mrsclem, the black with white fins sounds beautiful. Do you have a photo?
 
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Definitely cool looking. I lost the other black koi I bought with this one when she jumped out of the pond during a spawn. Turned out she was a bronze chagoi as well. I was really hoping for a crow- pure black koi. Oh well-
 
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Matia like LisaK1 and mrsclem we have a black koi in our pond, you hardly until the sun hits it see it but there is this large black presence that suddenly appears at feeding time to snatch a mouthfull of food before diving down again into the deep
We love them they are really cool whhen the sunlight is on them they take on the clour of black velvet .
They can also be used as an early warning system to pick up on any early parasite attacks, why because they start to take on a milky hue

Dave
 
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The ones at PetSmart are Malaysian Black Koi. I got one last year, and she is AMAZING!!! She has remained such a deep, solid black, and looks almost like dark blue velvet in the water. It is said to be good luck to have one black koi in your pond. Not just for "luck," but they are a great first indicator of any fungus/bacteria/disease, which often present as white spots on fish. You'll notice anything right away on a black fish, but by the time you notice on other fish it may be too late!! I have no trouble viewing and enjoying my solid black fish (I guess it depends on your pond and lighting situation). She has grown beautifully over the past year! Here are some good photos of her:

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thanks for the pictures and the info C-Note :)

I have to admit there is something about the black fish that I like, yours looks great!

Love your buddha statue, he looks so happy sitting and watching over your koi :D
 
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I have a black shubunkin goldfish (pond born). I can almost never see it. I wouldn't purposely buy an all-black fish for a pond after my experience with this one. I certainly won't be getting rid of this one, since it's an established fish in my pond... But I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one either. The black fish blends in too much and makes for a boring viewing experience. YMMV though, of course!
 

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Great looking fish c-note. And great looking water.
 
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I have an 8", solid black goldfish in the display pond at the garden center, and it is truly amusing to watch people's reaction when it appears, seemingly out of no-where, to snatch a morsel of food from their fingers. (We let the kids feed the fish if they ask.) I also have two black youngsters from this fish in my own pond, and WILL have black fish as long as I have a pond!
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that's really neat that you let the kids feed the fish

I suppose if I want a black fish I am going to have to find a black goldfish (common or comet) because my pond isn't big enough for a Koi. I just never knew any goldfish to actually keep their black coloring as they mature. So it's nice to hear that they do exist.
 

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The one at work is a solid black, without any trace of copper. She seems to pass this trait on to some of her offspring every year, and the two in my pond, which are now two years old, are staying black so far. Most black goldfish I've had in the past had a coppery sheen to the belly, but that isn't obvious when seen from above. A lot of them are also not truly black, but a dark olive green.
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