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Celestial Eye Goldfish

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Celestial eye goldfish or Choten gan is a double-tailed breed of fancy goldfish that has a breed-defining pair of telescope eyes which are turned upwards, pupils gazing skyward. When the fry hatch, the eyes of young Celestials are normal but gradually protrude sideways, as in the Telescope eye goldfish, and then turn upwards within a period of six months.

Celestials first appeared as a direct mutation of the Telescope goldfish in the 18th century. Competing traditions lay claim as to exactly where this happened first, Korea or China.

The first documentation that Celestials existed appears on a Chinese scroll of 1772, where a goldfish lacking a dorsal fin and possessing protuberant upturned eyes is depicted. Celestials did not arrive in Japan until 1903 when thirty specimens arrived from China and became the foundation stock for Japanese breeders. Japan quickly became the leading producer of Celestials for export. This remained so until the outbreak of World War II.

Celestials arrived in the United States from Japan in the first decade of the twentieth century and were included in the first edition of William T. Innes's GOLDFISH VARIETIES AND TROPICAL AQUARIUM FISHES in 1917.

American fanciers successfully bred the fish and, in turn, exported foundation stock to Great Britain, where there is a small but devoted band of breeders propagating the fish to this day. After World War II, and ever since, the vast majority of Celestials exported from Asia are of Chinese origin. A Celestial goldfish is depicted on a postage stamp issued in 1960 by the People's Republic of China.

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Goldfish Varieties

Goldfish varieties can be regarded as the standard bearer of all ornamental pond fish. Initially prized by the wealthy rulers of China over 1,500 years ago, today the goldfish is the world's most widely kept pet.

Through the meticulous attention to detail associated with advanced Chinese civilization, goldfish were selevtively reared from the dull, brown native crucian carp to produce the simply beatuiful fish we have today.

Goldfish are available in a wide range of sizes from 1 inch to 16 inches long. It can be very rewarding to buy smaller speciment to nurture, which will grow to suit the size of your pond.

Goldfish have been kept in garden ponds for hundreds of years. Your first pond fish will probably be a goldfish.

There is no trick to keeping goldfish. They are very hardy and are ideally suited to life in the garden pond. Goldfish varieties are the easiest of the pond fish to keep. They are very pretty fish and will give you hours of enjoyment.

There are more than 100 goldfish varieties.. Some of them are so different that it is amazing that they are all variations of the same fish. Selective breeding over the ages has brought out some very distinctive traits.

Comet Goldfish

goldfish pictureThe goldfish that you are probably most familiar with is the Comet goldfish. Comets has lovely long fins and a body that is not as tall as the common goldfish. They have been bred for their long tail fins, which in larger specimens may be half the length of the body.

Comets are rarely one color but will regularly display white- and-red patterns that are more pronounced when viewed from the top. Furthermore, the comets color is usually more red than gold. As youngsters these fish may not look like much, but a full-grown comet with its long fins flowing behind it is a lovely sight in the pond.

Due to the comet's hardy and active nature, and the relative ease in caring for them, they are best suited to ponds and outdoor pools.

Comet-tails can grow up to 12 inches in length. The comet is always active and prefers a reasonably large swimming area. Look out for the elegant red-and-white sarassa comet. You probably will not be able to find Sarassa comets in the feeder bin. They are a white and red version of the standard comet, usually with red on the upper parts and white below. The fins are long and often bicolored as well.

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If you choose your Goldfish Varieties from the feeder fish tank here are some tips of what to look for:

  • If the tank looks disgusting, go to another store.
  • Do not feel shy; make the shopkeeper take out the specific fish that you want to have a closer look at.
  • When you have selected a fish, it will be transferred to a plastic bag, usually containing one-third water to two-thirds air. If you have a long return journey, insist on having oxygen added to the bag instead of air. Oxygen will sustain the fish for several hours on the journey home.

    When your fish is safely home, float the unopened bag on the surface of the quarantine pond for at least half an hour to allow the water temperature to equalize. Then open the bag and roll down the sides so that it floats on the water. Over the next half an hour, add water from your pond to the bag, Doing this reduces the stress caused by any differences in pH levels and water hardness. After this time, it is safe to release the fish from the bag.

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