Fancy Goldfish Fry Changing Colors

  1. Fishaholic58

    Fishaholic58 Valued Member Member

    Hey, I recently picked up a juvenile fancy goldfish. (Oranda) I’ve noticed that the black on her is clearly fading away now after looking at the pictures I took of her last week. Pretty dumb question, but do you think it will all go away and would she change completely? Just call me out if the questions dumb... it can be unpredictable and know most of us aren’t wizards that can see into the future but any help is appreciated. I’m new to goldfish keeping. Can fancy goldfish go through major color changes as they grow? Thanks. (I have attached some pictures. The first one is when I first got her and the second was taken today. Her little “eyebrow” and “mustache” has faded. The top portion is fading also, and the black on her tail is now a grey.) I didn’t realize how black and gorgeous she was back then. I wish she stayed that way... but I still love her the same! I’m hoping that she won’t turn all orange like her big brother. Oh well.

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  2. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDude Well Known Member Member

    Its rather common for goldies to change colour as they mature.

    That black/olive colouration is rather common in young goldies and as they mature, will change colour (reds, whites or oranges for example) after a couple of weeks from birth.
  3. GoldFiska

    GoldFiska Well Known Member Member

    To be honest, I am fairly confident that she will lose all her black coloration. The black pigment on goldfish is fairly unstable—I’ve had a few goldfish gain black color, but it goes away completely as most goldfish mature.
  4. OP

    Fishaholic58 Valued Member Member

    Do you think that she will keep her more yellowish orange color, or change to the most common color in goldfish? (Dark orange or red)
  5. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    You’ll have to wait and see. Depends on the parents colors. Unless the fry is a black moor or a calico, the Black usually disappears as it is a juvenile color. I have a solid orange one that had a black tail and fins as a juvenile. I also have one that is turning white. You just never know. Enjoy them and have fun.