Common goldfish are a long-time favorite as an easy first pet, which makes it extra surprising that they can’t actually be kept in the classic goldfish bowl. So what is a good home for our favorite orange friend? Keep reading for more info on how to keep goldfish, suitable pond mates, what to feed and how to breed them!
This is a caresheet for single tailed goldfish. If you were looking for more information on fancy (double tail) goldfish, check out the Fancy goldfish caresheet
For more specific info on why goldfish should not be kept in bowls and small tanks, check out Why goldfish bowls should be banned
||100 gal (380L) per fish
Carassius auratus, single tail goldfish. This includes common goldfish, comet goldfish, and shubunkin.
The goldfish as we know it does not naturally appear in the wild. Its ancestor, the Prussian carp, is mainly found in Asia.
Single tailed goldfish can be told apart from fancy goldfish by their tail (surprise, surprise), but also by their body shape. While some fancy goldfish types do have a single tail, they have a much rounder body than actual single tail goldfish.
Single tails come in almost all colors, including yellow, orange, green/brown, calico and white. They have a long, torpedo shaped body that is similar to that of the Prussian carp and can grow quite large; up to 12 inch (30 cm) is sometimes seen!
Determining the gender of a single tailed goldfish can be a challenge, especially when they’re kept in a pond. However, it’s not impossible! Most males Continue reading
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