Sarasa Comet
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Scientific Name(s): Carassius auratus
Category: Coldwater
Maximum Size: 30cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 180 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 4ft
Water Temperature Range: 18-22°C
Water pH Range: 6.5-8.5
Water Hardness Range: 6-16 dGH

General Information: Comet Goldfish are basically the same as Common Goldfish except they tend to be more slender and their tails are longer; shaped like a scissor. You can get them in a variety of colours: orange, white, red, or a mixture also black/red/white/blue as in Comet Shubunkin and Sarasa which are white and red.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above, although this is recommended for young fish only. It is not true that they only grow to the size of their tank, they will become stunted and not live as long when kept in small tanks.
Diet Requirements: Usually their diet consists of goldfish flakes or pellets. As a treat, you might also like to offer some frozen foods such as daphnia, bloodworms or maybe a couple of squashed frozen peas.
Compatibility: Weather Loaches, Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, are a nice choice if you have at least a 4 foot tank. They're peaceful, a little unusual and very placid, and mix without problems.
Recommendations: Comets, like the Common Goldfish can grow pretty big so ideally are best kept in ponds.
Common Problems: Stunting due to being kept in small tanks and ponds.
Similar Species: Shubunkins, Common Goldfish,
Sexing: Males have white spots on their gill plates and front edge of pectoral fins: breeding tubercles. These should not be confused with the disease white spot. Females develop a deeper body and have a larger vent (just before the anal fin) than the males.
Breeding: Will breed readily during the late Spring and Summer months in a pond. Parents will eat their own eggs and fry so best removed if kept in a tank.
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