Fantail Goldfish

Fantail Goldfish

The fantail goldfish is a good choice for beginners since they are very hardy and due to the fact that Fantail goldfish can be kept in temperatures close to the freezing point. Fantail goldfish are also an ideal choice if you want to keep some type of fancy goldfish in garden ponds due to the earlier mentioned reasons.

Fantail Goldfish are recognized by their medium sized double/split tail fins. You can judge the breeding quality of a Fantail goldfish by looking at how far their fins are split. The tailfin of a high quality Fantail goldfish is almost completely split down to the root.

You can find Fantail goldfish in a number of different coloration and with metallic, matt scale or nacreous types.

Fantail goldfish doesn’t grow as large as many other gold fish types and seldom reach a size of more then 16 cm / 6 inches which is small in comparison with other goldfish types such as comets goldfish that can reach over twice that length.

They are best kept in cold water and a fantail goldfish aquarium tank or garden pond should be decorated with open areas for the fish to swim on as well as heavily planted areas. The bottom should be covered with a large grained substrate if you want to give any eggs that might be laid a small chance to survive with their parents. (Which is better then no chance)

The fact that Fantail goldfish wants to be kept in cold water narrows down the number of (in the aquarium trade commonly available) plants that are suitable to be used in an aquarium with Fantail Goldfish. Pond plants and aquatic plants found in garden centres are often better choices. There is however a number of commonly available plants that are suitable to be kept in an aquarium tank with Fantail goldfish such as Crinum, Elodea (Egeria) and Anubias species. Java moss is another suitable plant to be used that also help give fry a chance to survive in your garden pond without extra help. Fantail goldfish should never be kept alone and always in groups.

Fantail Goldfish accept most food sources and can without problem be kept on a diet of flake food and pellets as long as you make sure that the food you use contains vegetables. It is important to adjust the amount of food given to the temperature in the aquarium/pond at any given time.

Fantail Goldfish is one of the easiest of the fancy goldfishes to breed. Make sure that you keep your fish well feed on a varied diet to get them in spawning condition. You will also need to lower the temperature in the pond or aquarium for a period of time to simulate seasons to get them to breed. Once the fishes have been kept in colder water for about a month or so you should slowly begin to raise the temperature and this process will trigger well feed, mature Fantail goldfish to spawn.

You will have to protect the egg and fry from the parents or the parents will eat them if they get the chance. Some fry might survive and grow up in a well planted pond or aquarium. Large balls of java moss increase the chances for the young Fantail goldfish to avoid being eaten by other larger goldfish.

Fantail goldfish can in other aspects be treated as the regular goldfish and we recommend that you read our articles about how to care for regular goldfish if this short article didn’t answer your questions about Fantail goldfish and how to care for them.

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