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    Thread: Curious about finnage and desirable traits

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      sk8r is offline Member
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      Curious about finnage and desirable traits

      ...I'm not a show person, definitely: I'm one of the large number of folk who buy and love the less-than-perfects for their prettiness anyway.

      I've gathered that on a platinum butterfly koi, orange fins would be a fault. Got one of those.
      Warped side fins, alas, one of mine.
      I have an orange butterfly with white edges on side fins.
      And a doitsu basically grey and white with gold to orange fins.
      And a coppery doitsu with a black section of tail.

      What's the scoop on fin coloration and breeding?

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      koi4u2c is online now Senior Member
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      Many butterfly koi have color in their fins. I think this makes them unique and adds to their beauty. After all I don't want my longfins to be like their non longfin relatives.

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      Many of the butterfly varietal koi that are available are from domestic breeders who don't try to aspire to the quality standards sought out for serious hobbyists as they are not considered for competition overall. Sure, most US shows have an entry classification for the, but only one or two placements just as a toke to get more people to enter fish to fill the tanks. As such, most breeders who breed these don't really try that much for a specific variety in the lower quality classes. They're volume mixed breed fish that are for the Petsmart type hobbyist who just want decorative colored fish for their ponds that get bigger than goldfish. I'm not bad mouthing or making fun of those of you who like these, just stating known facts of why most of them are what they are. Keep enjoying what you have as you're the only ones that really count in the court of public opinion about YOUR fish.

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