Veiltail Goldfish

Veiltail Goldfish

The Veiltail Goldfish is a very gracious and beautiful fish, and it comes as no surprise that it is very popular among goldfish keepers and breeders. The Veiltail Goldfish probably originates from metallic fish imported to the United States from Japan in 1893. The Veiltail Goldfish appeared during the 1920s and was then called Philadelphia Veiltail Goldfish. The calico strains were developed by crossing the fish with calico coloured globe-eyed goldfish. The next steps in the history of the Veiltail Goldfish took place in Britain. In Asia, the Veiltail Goldfish is called the feather-dressed long finned Man-yu. A Veiltail Goldfish can grow older than 10 years, but is usually not used for breeding when it is older than five. The Veiltail Goldfish can be kept in ponds, but it is much weaker than those goldfish types typically kept in ponds. Most aquarists therefore keep their Veiltail Goldfish in indoor aquariums where the fish can be more looked after and pampered.

The Veiltail Goldfish is very hard to breed true to type; it is actually considered one of the hardest fancy goldfish types to breed. Many Veiltail Goldfish follow just a few of the standard requirements. A Veiltail Goldfish should have a short and rounded body with a smooth outline. The Veiltail Goldfish standard requires the trailing edge of the caudal fin to be free from forking or pointed lobes. The caudal fin should be divided, flowing and at least ¾ of the body length. The Veiltail Goldfish must also be at least 5.5 centimetres (2¼ inches) long and the depth of the body should be larger than 2/3 of the body length. A perfect Veiltail Goldfish must have one single dorsal fin and all other fins paired. In addition to this, the fish should be bright and alert and show off its dorsal fin high and erect. A Veiltail Goldfish of high quality sports a strong colour intensity that extends all the way out into the fins. The colouration can be calico or metallic (self-coloured or variegated).

Veiltail goldfish
Veiltail Goldfish. Copyright
The Veiltail Goldfish is not as tough as many other goldfish types. If you want to breed your Veiltail Goldfish you must perform gradual temperature changes to induce spawning. During the winter, the temperature should be kept quite low. If you live in a country north of the equator, it is recommended to gradually increase the water temperature up to 50° F in March. Clean the aquarium and feed your Veiltail Goldfish suitable food to get them into spawning condition. A combination of dry foods, such as pellets and flakes, and fresh or frozen foods, such as bloodworms and earthworms, is recommended. Many breeders also make sure that their Veiltail Goldfish is free from parasites before the spawning commences. You can treat your Veiltail Goldfish by placing it in a disinfectant bath during 30 seconds, and then put the fish into a special aquarium with salted water. A disinfectant bath can be created by pouring five mils of Dettol into four (imperial) gallons of water. Keep in mind that the saltwater aquarium should be just slightly salted, don’t kill your Veiltail Goldfish by giving it a salt-chock. During the following week you should carefully raise the water temperature even higher until it reaches 65° F.

Hopefully, your Veiltail Goldfish is now in breeding condition and the female Veiltail Goldfish will look larger and larger because of all the eggs they are carrying. The male Veiltail Goldfish will develop sex tubercles on its gill plates and at the edge of the pectoral fins. Most breeders prefer to separate the males from the females at the beginning of the breeding season to be able to control pairings. Some breeders will leave selected pairs in the aquarium and allow them to breed naturally, while other hand-strip selected fish. The number of fertilized eggs can be increased by placing one female with two or three males. You need to provide your Veiltail Goldfish with fresh aquatic plants to deposit the eggs on. After the eggs have been fertilized, you should move the whole plant to a clean aquarium and raise the water temperature of that aquarium to 70° F. Veiltail Goldfish eggs hatch after five to six days, and the fry will feed off their yolk sacs during the first 24 hours. After that, you can feed them infusoria during tree days and then switch to small daphnia, newly hatched brine shrimp or finely pulverized flake food.

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