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    Thread: Black butterfly koi, white patches are appearing more and more see pictures.

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      foothill999 is offline Senior Member
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      Black butterfly koi, white patches are appearing more and more see pictures.

      We have owned this guy for 4 months, he did come to us with a few battle wounds here and there and also I noticed he has a greenish "cloudy eye" It seems every day or two I see new white marks on him. He has the heaviest appetite in the pond and will beach himself on the shelfs trying to get food stuck to side. Is he getting scrapped from the rocks or could it be a fungus or disease. What does it look like to you?
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      Those appear to be scales that have been removed. It happens when the koi rubs against any rocks, nets, plumbing fittings, or other hard surfaces, and will grow back over time. If you haven't tried to catch the fish with a net other than a true koi net, you should look for hard objects that it could be scratching against. If it is scratching, how often, as scratching is often associated with parasites, or water quality issues.

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