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    Thread: Orange/Yellow Matsuba?

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      Orange/Yellow Matsuba?

      I bought an orange/yellow colored Matsuba a few months ago and now the head is the same color as my Yamabuki Ogon...Was this fish simply a Ki Matsuba that was fed a lot of color food?
      Even the black netting has faded quite a lot

      A Kin Ki Matsuba is a metallic version of the regular Ki Matsuba, that I know...but how do I tell the difference between a metallic fish and one that's not?

      Is there a difference between a Kin Matsuba and a Kin Ki Matsuba?

      What do you call the Matsuba's that stay yellow/orange without color food? There's one swimming in this video.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGDxCImBmDI

      Also what are the orange/red Matsuba's that aren't quite red enough to be called an Aka Matsuba?
      I see these from videos of the indoor tanks at Marusei Koi Farm.
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      It appears your fish has grown a bit and it wouldn't surprise me that the color change could be due to either water temp changes or color feed. If you do a Google search for "kin ki matsuba" you'll see pics of fish with both colors incorporated together. The word Kin refers to gold metallic and the word Gin would refer to silver metallic Ki is the color yellow and hi/beni/aka represent red/orange color. A standard, non-metallic matsuba would be an aka matsuba or ki matsuba for example. If they are metallic, the generalization would fall under the yellow/orange or combo thereof, or Gin for white base color. I've seen these varieties change rather quickly and most of my experience would be that it is environment/temperature based.
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