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American Goldfish Factoids

Origin American Fish Farms
Size 6 to 12 inches plus fins
Lifespan Easily 10 years
Temperature Prefers cooler waters
Water Type Very flexible
Breeding Breeds best in spring

LA
Calico telescope fantail.

LA
Ten-inch American "red" fantail.  Most sport longer fins (and noses).

LA
You bet we prefer the fantails with larger tails.

Fancy, but not as fancy as the oriental goldfish, our U.S. goldfish cost at least 75% less than imported goldfish.

U.S. Goldfish Varieties Usually Available

Variety

Color

Trait

Comments

Black Moor

Black

Buggy Eyes

Rarely stays black

Telescope

Assorted

Buggy Eyes

Eye-catchers

Fantail

Assorted

Big Tails

From Ryukins

Feeder

Assorted

Tasty

Grows big

Comet

Assorted

Long Tail

Pond fish

Shubunkin

Multi-colored

Attractive

Pond fish

Sarasa

Red & White

Attractive

Pond fish

LA
Lots of fantails are almost always available.

Great Starter Fishes.  Fish keepers frequently enter the hobby by starting with the economical U.S. goldfishes.  Goldfish live very well in unheated tanks.  They have huge spawns, so they stay moderately priced.  Even the biggies stay reasonably priced.

 

You Pay for Imports.  Freight from far-away Asian countries costs considerably more.  However, your biggest expense revolves around the “culling process.”  Goldfishes spawn thousands of eggs at a time.  Unfortunately, even the purest of purebreds produce relatively small percentages of offspring that are “true to type” -- at least for us.  Oriental goldfish breeders reduce their crop by as much as 90-99% in the culling process.

  LA
Calico fantails plus one "red."

Notes on Culling.  Mature adults spawn readily.  In fact, we often have (unwanted) spawns of the larger imported varieties at Aqualand.  Of the thousands of fry that were spawned, we never raised one adult that conformed to breed standards.  Still, if they spawned tomorrow, we’d probably try to raise them again.

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Females of this size usually look lop-sided from the top due to one ovary filling up at a time.

You Pay for Size.  Small oriental goldfish cost a fraction of the price of mature adults.  It costs much more to raise a goldfish to adult size than to sell it as a youngster.  Unfortunately, as they grow, fewer and fewer of the youngsters continue to conform to breed standards.  In the Orient, they join their brothers and sisters who were culled out earlier.  They send them here.

Notes on Size.  You can crowd goldfishes considerably.  They are among some of the hardiest fishes.  However, if you want yours to grow to their full potential, give them plenty of elbow room.

LA
Good-sized mouth on these guys.

LA Pic
Nice catch -- awfully crowded.  Great colors.  Note the "wild-colored" one in front.

LA
Nice place to fish whether the goldfish bite or not.

 

Notes on Color.  Sunlight greatly enhances the color of all goldfish varieties.  They show off like living jewels in “patio pools.”  Whiskey barrels sawed in half, fiberglass ponds, pond liners, and even hard rubber stock-watering tanks make outdoor miniature water gardens accessible to everyone.  Add a water plant and frame it with a couple of taller plants.  These mini-ponds make very nice additions to any outdoor area.  Avoid full sun.  One serious drawback: Raccoons (very thick in our area) love goldfishes as much or more than you do.  They work at night and are nearly unstoppable fish catchers.  Many goldfish will swim right up to the raccoons to find out, “What’s for dinner.”  They find out.

LA
At first glance a ryukin forerunner of our U.S. fantails.   Really closer to a Bristol shubunkin.

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American red cap oranda.  Not even close to Oriental standards.  It's a fantail.

Decorate for Goldfish.  Goldfish really stand out when swimming in tanks with darker colors.  Dark gravel and dark backgrounds make them literally “pop out” at you.  And always use the special fluorescent bulbs designed for aquaria -- not the cheapie garage fluorescent bulbs.  Aquarium fluorescent bulbs definitely bring out their red colors.

LA
Ryukin.  Obvious forerunner of our American fantails.

Last Words.  American fantails grow large enough to make a statement.  People like them because they need no magnifying glass to see them.  LA

For mature fantail pictures go to More Fantails

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