Telescope Goldfish

Telescope Goldfish

The Telescope Goldfish derives its name form its large and protruding eyes. The Telescope Goldfish is known by several other names as well, such as Globe Eye Goldfish, Dragon Eye Goldfish and the Japanese word Demekin. There are three acceptable eye-shapes for the Telescope Goldfish. The dome shaped eye, the flat eye and the simple, round eye. The round eyes can be found in various degrees of attachment to the head of the fish. Some Telescope Goldfish have round eyes that look like they are about to float away from the fish, while others have more than half of the eye attached to the head. The dome shaped eyes are wider at the base of the eye and becomes narrower at the top. Just like the name suggest, flat eyes are somewhat flattened at the top. Regardless of the shape of the eyes, they should always be equal in size and protrude outwards.

A Telescope Goldfish has an egg-shaped body with a double caudal fin. The body depth of a Telescope Goldfish should ideally be larger than 2/3 of the body length. The fish should have long and flowing fins, and the caudal fin comes in several variations: normal Oranda tail, broadtail, veiltail and butterfly. The Telescope Goldfish comes in many different colours and sizes, but all Telescope Goldfish have the protruding eyes and the long and flowing fins in common. Today you can find red, white, red/white, black/white, calico coloured, tri-coloured, chocolate and bluescale Telescope Goldfish. The black and white combination is often referred to as Panda Telescope Goldfish. There is also a beautiful, but rare, Telescope Goldfish variation that is chocolate coloured with orange pompons.

Just like other types of goldfish, the Telescope Goldfish produces quite a lot of waste products and should not be kept in less than 10 gallons of water. 10 gallons should be viewed as an absolute minimum, and the more room you can provide your Telescope Goldfish with, the better. The Telescope Goldfish in not one of the largest goldfish variants, but it still requires plenty of space to do well. You can keep your Telescope Goldfish in a pond, be remember that they might be caught by birds of prey or other predators since their telescope eyes limit their eye sight. Some aquarists keep Telescope Goldfish in ponds at patio areas, where birds are unlikely to venture. Others use pond netting to keep cats and birds away from the fish. The bad eye sight also limits the number of suitable companions for a Telescope Goldfish. Fast fish, such a Comet Goldfish, Oranda Goldfish and Koi, will eat all the food before the Telescope Goldfish get a chance to find it. It is therefore more advisable to keep your Telescope Goldfish with others of the same kind, or with other fish with equally poor eyesight such as Bubble Eye Goldfish and Celestial Goldfish. Avoid placing plants or ornaments with sharp edges in the aquarium or pond, since the Telescope Goldfish can easily damage its eyes on such objects. Filter intake tubes should ideally be covered in aquarium sponge or similar.

Getting you Telescope Goldfish to accept different kinds of food; such as flakes, pellets, frozen food and vegetables, is not a problem. The hard part is to get your Telescope Goldfish to actually find the food. Due to its visual handicap, it is very hard for a Telescope Goldfish to chase food or even noticing it. Fortunately, there are several methods that you can try in order to help your Telescope Goldfish. One of the best methods is to get the fish used to your hand, since this allows you to control exactly how much food your Telescope Goldfish gets and prevent other fish from stealing it from him or her. One other method is to use sinking pellets, and always place them at the same spot in the aquarium or pond. Your Telescope Goldfish will eventually understand that food can be found on the bottom and will spend his time carefully searching that area in his own pace. When you feed your Telescope Goldfish vegetables like cucumber and lettuce you can use a feeding clip. Always place the feeding clip at the same spot. Floating food like bloodworms should be placed in a feeding cone, and the feeding cone should of course always be placed at the same feeding spot.

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