The pompom goldfish is actually correctly named the “pompon”. However, due to its appearance, it is much more commonly known by the name pompom. The pompom goldfish is distinctive due to the two bubble-like growths than develop on the nose of the fish from the time that they are around 18 weeks old, making the fish […]
The celestial goldfish gets its name from the position of its eyes, which look up towards the sky. The celestial goldfish is regularly confused with the bubble eye goldfish, as both have eyes that point upwards. The celestial goldfish originates from Korea and usually grows to around 6” long. They have paired caudal fins and anal fins, […]
Many different types of goldfish are mistakenly referred to as veiltails, as the distinctive tail of this fish has been reproduced in several goldfish varieties. However, the true veiltail is bred only for one specific tail, fin and body shape, and ideally, will have no fork in the tail. The caudal fins of the veiltail […]
Pearscale Goldfish originated in the early 1900s and are one of the more recent additions to the fancy goldfish family. The pearscale is characterized by uniquely-shaped scales, which are caused by calcium carbonate deposits, and have a pearly appearance. The pearlscale’s body is very compact and extremely rounded. Due to this body shape, and its […]
The fantail goldfish originated in the early 1400s, during the Ming Dynasty of China. Fantail goldfish are the ancestor from which all modern fancy goldfish breeds descended. The fantail goldfish has a rounded, egg-like body and is characterized by its split tail fin. While any goldfish with a split tail is considered a “fantail”, fantail […]
The lionhead goldfish is the oldest and arguably the most popular of the dorsal-less goldfish breeds. Bred in China to depict the image of the mythical lion-dog, the lionhead is characterized by the ‘wen’, or head growth, that covers its head.
The Ryukin goldfish is a Japanese strain of fan-tailed goldfish bred in the late 1700s. The Ryukin is characterized by the large dorsal hump that starts near its neck and makes its head look quite pointed. Ryukin breeders have sought to enhance this dorsal hump in order to make the fish seem particularly tall.
The Bubble Eye goldfish originated in the early 1900s in China and is thought to have been developed from a strain of Celestial Eye goldfish. The Bubble Eye is one of the most delicate breeds of fancy goldfish and is characterized by the two fluid filled sacs or ‘bladders’ underneath its eyes.
Oranda goldfish originated in the late 1500s and are one of the most popular varieties of fancy goldfish. Coined the “flower of the water” by the Chinese, the oranda is thought to be the first breed of goldfish to develop the ‘wen’ or hood.
Shubunkin goldfish were first developed in the early 1900s from strains of telescope goldfish in Japan. They are often referred to as “the poor man’s koi.” Similar in body shape to the comet goldfish, shubunkins are characterized by their nacreous scales and calico coloring , which contains shades of red, gold, purple, blue, black and […]