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    Thread: Do koi build muscle?

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      Do koi build muscle?

      I've seen many say big female dont really build muscle and is mostly fat.what are you thoughts on this?

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      I've read and been told that deeper ponds are supposed to help build the pectoral muscles as they swim up and down from the lower depths. I doubt gender even plays into it at all. I don't think a Koi in a 4ft pond is going to be any bigger in that aspect with the *exact* same Koi in a 6 or maybe 8ft pond. There's typically more volume to deeper ponds so that's probably more of a factor than just swimming up and down.

      *shrug*

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      Yes, koi build muscle. If you look at carp anatomy, you can see the muscle layers that add to shape and conformation. A fat koi will look thick, but rarely smooth. A muscular fish will be broad and streamlined

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      Quote Originally Posted by inazuma28 View Post
      Yes, koi build muscle. If you look at carp anatomy, you can see the muscle layers that add to shape and conformation. A fat koi will look thick, but rarely smooth. A muscular fish will be broad and streamlined
      This is one of the best Kohaku in the world. It is 95% fat surrounded by a little bit of muscle and some skin and scales. When Koi 'bulk' up they are not building muscle, they are filling up with fat. I have asked many breeders this question and they all agree.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Russell Peters View Post
      This is one of the best Kohaku in the world. It is 95% fat surrounded by a little bit of muscle and some skin and scales. When Koi 'bulk' up they are not building muscle, they are filling up with fat. I have asked many breeders this question and they all agree.
      Interesting..that cant be to healthy long term have that much fat per muscle. 5 % of that koi is muscle and can still push itself around. Wow
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      Although a larger, deeper pond would be the ideal in terms of providing the opportunity for Koi to put their pectoral muscles to best use, in smaller ponds adding additional water movement via aeration may provide a similar benefit, swimming against currents IMO. That’s what I’ve done with my small indoor pond.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DarkStar View Post
      Although a larger, deeper pond would be the ideal in terms of providing the opportunity for Koi to put their pectoral muscles to best use, in smaller ponds adding additional water movement via aeration may provide a similar benefit, swimming against currents IMO. That’s what I’ve done with my small indoor pond.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Russell Peters View Post
      This is one of the best Kohaku in the world. It is 95% fat surrounded by a little bit of muscle and some skin and scales.
      Where did you get those numbers? I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure it's impossible for a fish to be made from 95% fats.
      Even Blue Whales(considered to be the "fattest" mammals) only have about 35% body fat.

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      Quote Originally Posted by koinoober View Post
      Where did you get those numbers? I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure it's impossible for a fish to be made from 95% fats.
      Even Blue Whales(considered to be the "fattest" mammals) only have about 35% body fat.
      I am not talking about the entire fish.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Russell Peters View Post
      I am not talking about the entire fish.
      Well it sure sounds like it lol!

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      Coming at it as a fisherman, river fish tend to be leaner and stronger than pond/ lake fish. Fish build muscle, but the biggest fish will be the fastest fish.

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      Quote Originally Posted by koinoober View Post
      Well it sure sounds like it lol!
      No, I just meant the part that does the bulking up, I should have been more specific. When Koi bulk up they are just storing fat.
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