Fantail (goldfish)

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Fantail goldfish
Fan tailed goldfish.jpg
Country of origin
China and Japan (Asia)
Breed standards

The Fantail is a goldfish that possesses an egg-shaped body, a high dorsal fin, a long quadruple caudal fin, and no shoulder hump.[1][2] It is similar to the Ryukin, and is relatively common in western countries.


A orange goldfish, with a long fancy tail, facing right
An orange fantail goldfish.

The Fantail goldfish may have either metallic or nacreous scales and normal or telescope eyes. Telescope eyes do not develop until the fish is 6 months old. Its fins are less developed than the Ryukin. It supports double anal and tail fins. The anal and caudal fins are well divided into two matching halves. Although generally considered a hardy goldfish, Fantails can be sensitive to prolonged exposure to low water temperatures. Keeping Fantails in an aquarium requires an ideal temperature of 73 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit [2]


Good-quality Fantails are produced by rigorous fry selection.[2] Fantails can be very easy to breed.


  1. ^ "Fancy Goldfish: A Complete Guide to Care and Collecting" by Dr. Erik L. Johnson, D.V.M. and Richard E. Hess, Weatherhill, Shambala Publications, Inc., 2006. – ISBN 0-8348-0448-4
  2. ^ a b c "An Interpet Guide to Fancy Goldfish" by Dr. Chris Andrews, Interpet Publishing, 2002. - ISBN 1-902389-64-6

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