goldfish changing color as it grows

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    bagsmom

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    This is really interesting to me! I have my first pond going and I'm really enjoying it! I have several goldfish that I rescued from the feeder tanks at Petsmart. They were all white and orange combos -- about 2" long when I got them.

    They are now about 6 to 7 inches long. While most look the same, just bigger, one of them has changed coloration a lot. It was mostly white with a lot of orange. Now it is almost completely white! I guess this is normal?

    Fascinating!
     
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    I have a red and white feeder. He is in a 10 gallon tank till I get pond cycled. I always make mistake and look in feeder tank
     
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    I love how they change color as they grow up. I've got some really neat black and white ones now, curious how they will look as they get bigger.
     
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    It is fascinating and super fun! I raised a few fry a couple of years ago and watched them go from olive green to.......well, I couldn't really tell which fish turned into which color from that point. But I was fortunate to have some Shubunkin fry mixed in -- I kept them in an inside tank until they overtaxed the system, so it was really easy to keep an eye on them. They started out TOTALLY different from the common/comet ones! They were a clearish pink color with big black eyes! Then, as they grew they started developing their Shuby colors -- now THAT transition could be tracked, unlike with the non-Shubies.
     
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    Sadly, black seems to always change to orange in my ponds, except in all calico goldfish and shubunkins in general. Some of my whites develop some black and orange.

    If you are orange... you're staying orange.
     
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    interesting yes its best part , white is the last colour lol nothing after it , orange dont come back as far as i have observed . hey u had fry too? where are they

    i want black too , i had few black ones or with black markings as they grow they loss black , very few have small markings hardly visible
     
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    We have a comet that goes from deep orange to whitish-orange back to deep orange a few times a year. He's the oldest fish in our pond.
     
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    He's that breed called the Exhibitionist Goldfish!
     
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    The little ones are fun to watch as well. I have four that are about an inch and half long. They are black. I have 4 that are orange and white, and a couple that are black and white speckled. I haven't seen any more tiny fry in a good while -- which is a good thing! I'm hoping that they are eating eggs. I don't want too many fish in there -- at least not in the first year!!!!!!
     
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