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Scientific Name(s): Carassius auratus
Category: Coldwater
Maximum Size: 20cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 140 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 3ft
Water Temperature Range: 20-24°C
Water pH Range: 6.5-8.5
Water Hardness Range: 6-16 dGH

General Information: Fantails are from the Fancy Goldfish group. They have a deep, rounded body with a double tail. Good specimens will also have a double anal fin and they come in a variety of colours: orange, orange and white and calico which describes Goldfish with red, black, blue, white and orange markings. Some have orange with brown markings too, although they tend to lose the brown as they grow.
Tank Requirements: Fancy Goldfish, given correct conditions can grow very large. See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above.
Diet Requirements: Goldfish are omnivorous - they will eat pellets/flake, green foods and most live foods such as bloodworm.
Recommendations: Best to keep Fancy Goldfish with other coldwater fish that will not nip their fins and fish that will be comfortable living in the slightly warmer temperatures that Fancy Goldfish prefer.
Common Problems: Swim bladder problems due to their body shape.
Similar Species: Very similar to the Ryukin although this fish has more of a humped back.
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: If they are well cared for Goldfish will breed readily when they are about 2 years old regardless of their size. Parents will eat their own eggs and fry so best removed to a separate tank.
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