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Old 01-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #1 
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What exactly IS Mushu?

I've looked at Marble bettas, and haven't seen any that look like my 'Shu. And I've Koi bettas, and I think he may be a low quality koi...
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Anyone know?
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:45 PM   #2 
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I would think he's marble. Nice fish though!
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:47 PM   #3 
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ok, now I have to ask "Why?"
Just because I would like to know the difference, and how I tell the two varieties apart. :)
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Honestly, I don't know much about koi, but that looks similar to every marble I've seen. Many colors, splotchy, presence of white. Also, marbles are more common especially in pet stores then kois.
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Thanks. Hopefully, someone can explain the exact difference though. lol
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I've never known there was a 'koi' type, but I imagine the difference would be marbles can change they're entire appearance over the course of a few weeks. It's a genetic code that's passed through breeding. My Seiya is a marble, was a full teal on one side, camouflage teal/white on the other, now both sides are camouflaged white/teal and he's developing black on his belly, anal and pelvis fins. Marbles will change color throughout their lives.

'Koi'....I don't know anything about them. Perhaps it's another name for marble? Or maybe it's a multi-color with a specific pattern. Or maybe 'koi' just describes the pattern.

Sorry, don't know much about the latter, but I did lots of research on marbles after I got Seiya.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:49 PM   #7 
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I did find this description of Koi:
Koi: Usually a type of marble with a cellophane white body and red and/or black spots.
(http://darkmoon17.deviantart.com/jou...lors-216750430)
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So "Marble" is still correct, it's just the red/black spots that make him a "Koi"
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Makes sense to me. Be so cool to find one on Thursday when I go back hunting for a pretty male!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #10 
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I actually found him at a fish store labeled as a Dragonscale! lol
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