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Feeding: Does very well
with a wide range of commercially prepared pellets and flake foods formulated
65 - 74°F.
pH: 6.5 - 7.2
dH: 4 - 10
Depending upon type, can get 6" - 8"
Sexing: Males get white
pimple like growths on their heads at mating time. Females tend to be
General Comments: Very easy and
forgiving fish. Does well in a small aquarium, but will eventually outgrow
it, to need one approximately 5 - 10 gallon.
Types of Goldfish:
The comet is generally the most common of
pond goldfish. It has a long slender body. This is often the typical
orange colored goldfish but can also be all white or white and red (known
The Shubunkin has an identical body shape
to the Comet. The difference is in the coloration. Shubunkins should have
a base color of light blue, which is covered with patterns of darker blue,
red, brown, white, or black.
Another common pond fish is the Fantail.
Fantails are shorter and more plump than comets. Their caudal fin (tail)
is split giving them the fantail name. Basic Fantails can be found in any
goldfish colors (calico, sarassa, etc.).
The Black Moor has the body of a fantail.
As the name would imply this fish is solid black in color. Its most
distinguishing characteristic is the bulging of the eyes.
Ryukins are very similar to the basic
fantail, the difference is in the slope of the back. The Ryukin has a
sharp slope between the head and the dorsal fin.
Orandas are also of fantail shape,
distinguishing feature is the headgrowth. The headgrowth is known as the
hood and has the appearance of being covered with warts.
The Lionhead is similar to the oranda in
that it has both the fantail shape and headgrowth. The difference in this
fish is that it completely lacks a dorsal fin.
Fantail with a distinguishing factor of he
liquid-filled sacs that balloon out from below the eye sockets. The eyes
of the bubble-eye are also pointed upward.
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