Species group: Goldfish
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Scientific name: Carassius auratus (variety)
The Fantail Goldfish is one of the oldest and most popular varieties of fancy goldfish. They originated from China and Japan where they still breed them for new colors and shapes. Goldfish are some of the most commonly kept aquarium and pond fish because they are easy to care for and fun to have.
Fantail Goldfish are constantly foraging and begging for food; therefore, care should be taken not to overfeed them. This also makes them very easy to feed. They will accept flakes, pellets, and if outside will eat mosquito larva.
The only challenging part of having Fantail Goldfish is keeping them in a large enough tank with high quality filtration. Too often they are kept in bowls with no filter which shortens their life span considerably. Fantail Goldfish will live up to 20 years if cared for properly.
The Fantail is distinguished by its split tail fins. It has an egg-shaped body that can grow to be the size of a tennis ball (3" in diameter) with fins expanding even longer. Fantail Goldfish get their name because their two tails look like a fan when viewed from above. Common color varieties include red, orange, and calico.
Goldfish are peaceful fish that are very social. They go well with other cold water round bodied goldfish like Ryunkins, Orandas, and Moores. Although they get along with long bodied goldfish they can't compete for food and therefore shouldn't be housed with Comets, Koi, or other long bodied goldfish.
Fantails are cold water fish and need to be housed in unheated tanks or ponds with other cold water fish. Because they are always active and generate a lot of waste, a well-filtered, well-oxygenated tank is a must. Fantails will do well in an outdoor pond as long as they have some shade to avoid direct sun and the temperature doesn't get above 78 degrees.
6.8 - 8.0
perky disposition, responsible pet owner, beautiful tail fins, stunning red orange, great first pet
swim bladder disease, proper filtration, filthy, adequate-sized fish tank, regular water changes
best apartment animal, big appetite, low startup cost, feeding ring
Elegant Fantail Goldfish
This elegant fish is quite spectacular, depending on the age and design of the fan. Unfortunately, it takes an entire year for fantails to reach their maturity and gain their aspect. Even though I didn't manage to see them grow because I bought them as adults, I was very satisfied with the fantails, as they lived up to 3 years. They can live a lot longer, as far as I know their lifespan can reach up to 10 years! I had a pair of fantail goldfish in a large tank, which by the way is easier to maintain (Side note: I do not recommend bowls from my experience). The pair seemed distant at first but they soon became best friends and got along very well :) This species is perfect if you do not have a lot of time to invest in taking care of your pet, as they do not require extensive care or special requirements. Keep it minimal, all you have to do is make sure you offer them enough space and keep the water fresh. Find and install a good filter and clean their water. I used to clean the tank once every 5-7 days. They are easy to feed but offer them good quality food and also fiber vegetables. Find some high fat& protein pellets and you are good to go. Just remember to mind the remaining food at the bottom of the tank and make sure you remove it in time. Even though goldfish is a very common species for an aquarium, fantails are always really spectacular at a fair price. I cannot say they were devoted to me, but they enjoyed my presence and sometimes they were coming to the surface to greet and play. If you find it affordable and want to add some style to their home (and yours!), there are a lot of fancy decorated Led Illuminated Aquarium Kits which you can buy. By doing so, you do not have to think of how to decorate their environment, nor about the proper filter, air tubing, gravel &sand ;) I loved to have this species, as I could watch them from my work desk and take a break just by watching them. If you are new to taking care of an animal or simply don't have enough time, then fantail goldfish is perfect for your needs. You just have to enjoy their relaxing presence! Good luck :) .
From Michaela Feb 6 2017 4:30PM