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Goldfish Types

Goldfish types can be regarded as the standard bearer of all ornamental pond fish. Goldfish have been kept in garden ponds for hundreds of years. Goldfish remain the most popular type of pond fish and are often the first ones to be added to a new pond. There are more than 100 goldfish types. 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 to 16 inches long. It can be very rewarding to buy smaller specimens to nurture, which will grow to suit the size of your pond.

Buy approximately six at a time, as goldfish are quite gregarious. Common goldfish, comets, and shubunkins are awesome pond fish. They do not consume the pond plants in large quantities. They are colorful and grow large enough to look dramatic. You will not pay a lot for these fish, either. They are an all around great pond fish.

Goldfish are extremely hardy and will survive a wide range of temperatures and types of water.

There are many strains of goldfish available today. The most common is the gold or red variety, often with black or white patches. Varieties of goldfish can be divided into two groups: those that will live and thrive in a garden pond, including overwintering, and those that are best kept in an aquarium full time or brought in from the pond to overwinter inside. Goldfish can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and conditions. To recognize whether a variety is suitable for a pond, check that it resembles the typical shape, even if it shows differences in color or fin length, then it is likely to tolerate icy winters and be fast enough to compete for food.

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Shubukins goldfish for sale

The Koi Pond Is Proud To Announce We Are Now Selling Goldfish and Shubukins. This Picture Is Of The Actual Shubukin That Comes From Blue Ridge. If You Have Never Purchased Fish Or Koi From Us Read Over Our Buying Process for Live Fish.

The Shubunkins are extremely distinctive in their coloration, with much variation between individual fish. They are essentially goldfish in different clothing. Rather than being gold, they are blue, with color appearing to come from beneath the scales rather then from above, as is the case with traditional goldfish.

Shubunkins lack the silvery reflective scales, giving them a nonmetallic sheen. They have a black, red, and orange mottling set on a bluish "mother-of-pearl" background. The colors can appear as patches or as small speckles.

Shubunkins (translated literally as "red brocade") are a hardy, single-tailed fancy goldfish with nacreous scales, and a pattern known as calico.

Shubunkins are excellent pond fish because they reach a length of 9 to 16 inches at adulthood. A shubunkin goldfish is considered an adult at 2 to 3 years of age. The shubunkin is a popular goldfish types.

Shubunkins are a straight-tailed variety of goldfish that Blue Ridge produce. Our shubunkins are bred to bring out the intense blues and reds characteristic of this variety.

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Comet Goldfish

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Comet goldfish are very similar to the common goldfish. They are simply a variation of the same species. The only goldfish variety to originate in America, the comet goldfish, has a slim body and longer fins than the common goldfish.

The Sarassa comet is usually red on the upper parts of its body and white below. The fins are long and often red and white as well. Many retailers are now selling Sarassa comets, which are often more expensive than common red comets.

Comets 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. They are predominantly deep red in color.

As youngsters these fish may not look like much, but a full-grown comet with its long fins flowing behind 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. Comet-tails can grow up to 12 inches in length.

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Sarasa Comet Goldfish for Sale

Sarasa Comets have long flowing fins and are very hardy fish. They can be kept with koi in an outdoor pond.These comet goldfish have a natural life of approximately 7 to 14 years and there are chances to live much longer in excellent conditions.

Blue Ridge has developed a very popular bloodline of Sarasa comets that have deep "cherry" red markings against a snow white background.

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Celestial Eye Goldfish

celestial eye goldfish

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. The celestial was bred so that it is always looking up. They were bred to gaze upon the emperor of China when he looked down at them.

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.

Feeder Goldfish

You have probably noticed the large aquarium full of small goldfish at your local pet retailer. This mix of common and comet goldfish (and the occasional shubunkin or two) is usually labeled as "feeder fish", and most of these fish will probably end up as lunch for a large fish or reptile. The tanks are overcrowded and the water might be very cloudy, which can mean the fish won't be healthy. But if you want to add these fish to your pond, shop around to find the cleanest feeder tank that you can. They are usually very inexpensive and usually do well in their new home.

You may get lucky and find a Shubunkin or Sarassa comet mixed in. But not all red and white comets are Sarassa comets, as some young comets may have patches of white on them, but they often lose the white and become all red as they mature. Look for the red and white fish in the feeder bins. You may get lucky and some will keep the white color. Also look for black or a dark gold color. They will usually turn orange as they mature.

Fancy Goldfish

There are many types of fancy goldfish, the products of over 1,700 years of selective breeding.

Fancy goldfish varieties come in many different body shapes and colors and display differnces in their heads, eyes, gills, faces, fins, and tails, Each fancy variety has some particular physical traits that have been developed over generations until finally the fish displays exaggerated versions of the original traits.


Fantails are another popular goldfish types. Fantail goldfish have rounded bodies. Fantails have a large double tail and come in many colors. The calico- which is white, red, and black, is one of the most popular fantails.

Because of the fantails short, squat body they are slow swimmers, they prefer being kept with fish of a similar size and speed.

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Golden and green tench are a commonly available water garden fish. They are instantly identifiable by their extremely slimy skin, which is covered in a thick layer of protective mucus. They prefer quieter waters, with less flow than many other species. They do well in small garden ponds.

Tench are extremely adaptable to most backyard ponds conditions and grow quickly. Green tench can reach 18in in length. These excellent scavengers generally feed from the bottom of the small garden ponds and are often not seen for weeks at a time, while they pick up insects and other food deep down in the water.

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