This fish may look great, but it’s dead. Ouch!
Not a great loss, because we have thousands of Koi, but when you walk into the hatchery and one the best young males you have in the room, is dead in it’s tank, your heart sinks a little bit. Rarely does a fish die in our hatchery where it’s not obvious why, but this one is a mystery. It was doing very well the day before, had no marks on it, no sign of disease, nothing, nada, zilch…
We did a quick necropsy on it and again, not a hair out of place – no surprise in our super quarantined hatchery, but still something got it. Did it get a piece of food lodged in the wrong place? Maybe a heart attack? Can a fish have a stroke? I don’t even know. This was a fish we would not have sold right away. We had a great pairing planned for it, and now it’s in the compost pile. 🙁
When you have as many fish as we do , you do not get attached to them personally, but any setback in your breeding program, leaves you in a bit of a funk for a few hours. Personally, I’ll probably waste more than a little time thinking about how it might have happened, with little chance of ever knowing. Sometimes, stuff just happens.