The whiskers or barbels on butterfly koi fish are also genetically mutated to grow longer than on regular koi. You also may have some fry that are koi goldie hybrid.
Here s what they are what they do and why the popular pond fish has them.
Koi fish with whiskers. Whiskers or barbels are one of the defining characteristics on a koi fish that make it easy to distinguish koi from their cousins the goldfish. Otherwise to the untrained eye young goldfish and koi are difficult to tell apart. However it s not feasible for an owner to house and care for so many fish.
A number of your koi will be eliminated naturally. They may have long fins butterfly or be well defined standard. Since they spawned together at the same time and in the same place this is very likely.
Koi goldie hybrids usually grow fast but are often really ugly as adults. Presidents even existed and died in the days of gerald ford. Rather than being used for tactile sensing however a fish s barbels are used for taste.
So a full grown butterfly koi looks like a long slinky dragon moving through the water. The body shapes and sizes of the two fish differ too. The ones with barbels are most likely koi since the hybrids usually are barbel free.
If you take a closer look at the koi you will find that it has whiskers like catfish it s tapered at either end has a pointy nose and a flat belly. The 3ft 3ins long red and white fish was bought by a collector from taiwan. Super sensing organ barbels are sensory organs not unlike whiskers in mammals.
Butterfly koi seem to lack some of the body size of regular koi but the overall fish can run as long as 36 to 40 inches in the right pond with plenty of food. Goldfish have noses that are blunt and rounded. Get some of your fry and look for whiskers.
Sometimes larger koi will eat smaller ones. Their barbels whiskers even grow long and can fork into elaborate designs. Koi have been growing trendy whiskers way before the hipsters made it cool.
As for the placement and quantity of scales this will vary from koi to koi. A koi fish will produce thousands of eggs when spawning. Those whiskers or barbels are a defining characteristic of the fish.
Koi have barbels around their mouths and chins feelers that resemble whiskers while goldfish have no barbels. Fully matured goldfish are typically 8 to 12 inches growing to 16 inches at their largest. In fish anatomy and turtle anatomy a barbel is a slender whiskerlike sensory organ near the mouth fish that have barbels include the catfish the carp the goatfish the hagfish the sturgeon the zebrafish the black dragonfish and some species of shark such as the sawshark barbels house the taste buds of such fish and are used to search for food in murky water.
A koi carp fish has sold an auction in japan for a record 1 4 million 1 million than the previous highest bid. Hanako was born in the days before u s. Size and growth vary from species to species so be aware of what koi are growing up together in the pond.