Single Tail Goldfish

SINGLE TAIL GOLDFISH (Carassius auratus)

ALIAS: Shubunkin, sarasa comet, comet goldfish

IDENTIFICATION:  There are over 100 varieties of fancy goldfish, with most originating from Asia.  This hardy species appears in a variety of colors including orange, black, white, blue and red.  

DIET:  Floating fish pellets are readily accepted.  Supplementing with shelled green peas, live red-worms or freeze dried shrimp will meet their nutritional needs. 

SPAWNING:  Usually occurs in the spring of the year after an abrupt temperature change.  Males use tubercles (a small, spur-like growth on the gill cover) to encourage females to release their eggs.  Goldfish are egg-scatterers, often dispersing their eggs onto submerged aquatic vegetation.

HUSBANDRY TIPS:  Goldfish thrive in ponds that have ample space, good water quality and proper nutrition.  Often considered winter-hardy, goldfish prefer water depths of at least 18”.

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