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Fancy Goldfish for Sale
Including Fantails, Orandas, & Telescopes
This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about Fancy Goldfish. Click here to go back to the first page in this discussion.

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Dear Fish people;
I quite enjoyed your site. I have been an aquarium friend myself for 25 years. I spent many years with the fresh water heated tank tropicals. Several years ago I went to cold water gold fish. Oranda's and comets. After much enjoyment in the house, we built an outside pond. They spent the summers out and the winters in. They usually double or triple in size over the summer and slow down their growth in the winter.
I would like to comment on floating food and sinking food. I've used both and learned in several months that sinking food is not a good thing. When the fish are out in the pond they eat bugs off the top of the water and grow wonderfully ...
I have been feeding floating pellet food and if I may say so, our fish children are beautiful, healthy and swimming upright. I enjoyed your educational insight on fish.
Best fishes to you,

Reply. Hello Susan. Thank you for your first hand comments about your goldfish. I agree with you. Thanks again.


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I just started a pond and I don't know anything about fish. I was hoping to get an answer from your website but I couldn't find the right place.
Two of my fish are supposed to be Fantail goldfish but they are kind of colored like the shubunkins. One of them is being chased around the pond (only sometimes) by what the pet store called feeder fish (comets??) and I was trying to find out why ... is this mating??
It does not look sick, and is not going to the top to suck air and I can't find any ick or parasites. Help me, please!!! It is too pretty to let something happen to it. What to do??

Reply. Hello Judy. Here is what I read in your email. You have two Calico Fantails, and one of them is being chased and annoyed part of the time by a Pond Comet.

There are some Fantails in one of the pictures above, but none of them is a calico. Fantails have two horizontal lobes on their tails. When a Fantail swims one lobe of its tail is behind and to the left, and the other lobe is behind and to the right.

Click here to see a picture of a Pond Comet. Pond Comets also have tails with two lobes, but one lobe is above and the other below. Maybe this sounds confusing, but when you look at the two kinds of tails, it is quite easy to see the difference.

This difference in their tails is important, because Goldfish with comet-tails will usually pick on Goldfish with fan-tails. These two types of Goldfish are the same species and can interbreed, but they are not really compatible. We recommend that they not be kept together in the same pond or aquarium.

So you need to separate these two types of Goldfish. Perhaps you could ask the fish store to take back the Comet.


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I read your section on keeping goldfish. In it you said that your regular goldfish might not be happy at all being kept with comets or koi. The article didn't however, explain why. I have a comet in my tank of goldfish and would like to know what that comment means.
Thank you.
Reply. Hello Joy. Thank you for your question. In my mind there are three Groups of Goldfish.
Red and White Pond Comets at   Group 1
Pond Comets which have so-called comet-tails with two lobes on their tails that are arranged with one lobe above the other. We sell Pond Comets like the one shown to the left at our website. Click here for more information about the Goldfish in this Group.
Red and White Oranda taken at Group 2
Fancy Goldfish with two lobes on their tail fins that are arranged horizontally with one lobe to the left and the other to the right of the fish. This Group includes Fantails, Black Moors, and Orandas, Click here for more about these Goldfish.
Red and White Ranchu taken at Group 3
Very Fancy Goldfish, like the Red and White Ranchu shown to the left, plus Lionheads, Bubble Eyes, and Celestials have very limited swimming ability. We do not have more information about this Group on our website.
Bubble Eye Fancy Goldfish. Picture by   This is a Bubble Eye.
Goldfish, which is also a member of Group 3. The bubbles, which are under the eyes, are actually enlarged tear ducts. Bubble Eyes will usually be nipped by the Goldfish in Group 1 and Group 2.
The Goldfish in Group 1 swim faster than fish in Groups 2 and 3, eat most of the food and will usually nip on fish in Groups 2 and 3.
The fish in Group 2 swim much faster than fish in Group 3, eat most of the food and usually nip on fish in Group 3.
So Goldfish from Groups 1, 2, and 3 should each be kept separately with Goldfish in their own Group and not be mixed with Goldfish from the other two Groups.
For example, keep the various types of Goldfish in Group 2 together but do not mix them with Goldfish from Group 1 or with Goldfish from Group 3.
All of the Goldfish in these three Groups are the same fish species, Carassius auratus, and could possibly interbreed.
Koi are a different fish species, Cyprinus carpio, and will certainly grow too big, swim too fast, eat all the food, and nip on all the types of Goldfish in Groups 2 and 3. But sometimes Koi and Goldfish from Group 1 get along for a while, but not always.
here now for more information about Koi.

Customer Comments

I'm thinking about buying 2 Red Orandas (Goldfish 2-2.5 in.) and 2 Red & White Orandas (Same as above) I know they eat plants so I was wondering what plants I should put in an aquarium if I want to have the goldfish eat them, also, how big an aquarium should I get?
Reply. Hello Andy. You are correct, when you say that Goldfish like Orandas like to eat plants. But you don't need to put live plants in your aquarium, because good flake food includes lots of plants.

If you feed your Goldfish the foods that are recommend, then you don't need to feed your goldfish any live plants. Click here now to read about feeding Orandas.

Live plants are very beautiful in an aquarium, but they make keeping an aquarium clean more difficult. It is difficult for me to decide whether to recommend live plants or not to recommend them. But Goldfish do not need to eat live plants, if you feed them good food.

You also wanted to know how big an aquarium to get. Four young Orandas that are about 2.5" long will each need at least 5-gallons of water. So you'd need 4 x 5 = 20-gallons of water.

But the Goldfish will grow and eventually need at least 15-gallons of water, and then they will need 4 x 15 = 60-gallons of water.

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