The Gold Standard
Goldfish may be too ordinary for most people, but don't sell them short. They're extremely colorful, very social, active and visible. They're also very hardy and durable - able to withstand varying water conditions for those of us who don't have the time to check water all the time. And while they are indeed eating and pooping machines, limiting their diet and adding a bottom feeder or two will keep this in check.
While the larger fancy goldfish fetch pretty high prices now (over $30 each), it's often best to start with a smaller $5 fish and simply wait until they grow. It won't take long...
I've found that it's best to keep two fancy goldfish together as a pair. By themselves, they can become listless and any more, and cleaning/maintenance becomes an issue.
Goldfish will live for many years in the right environment and a tank heater is not required. In fact warmer tropical temperatures will shorten their lives. For some variety in a goldfish tank, you can add small Koi, Minnows and Catfish. They will all do well together.
When I pick a goldfish, I choose one that has a stocky build, straight spine, good fin margins and vibrant colors. I check carefully for mouth damage or kinked fins, which can indicate mishandling.
I have a beautiful calico telescope eye, which are very interesting to watch, however know that they actually cannot see that well, so make sure they get enough food, if there's other fish competing for the flakes.
Also change the filter and do partial water changes often to make sure they stay healthy and active for years. Goldfish are self-limiting and if bought small, will not outgrow the tank.
November 18, 2014
I love my fancy goldfish!! I bought an Oranda and Lionhead from Petsmart and it was the best decision. To begin, these fish have great active personalities, they recognize you and have great characters. In addition, they are HUGE. They last about 10 years if kept healthy. I would recommend these, they are worth the price! They're gorgeous.
As a side note: Although they are hardy fish, be sure to read up on the tank sizes for them. They will not grow or be the healthiest they can be if their environment is too small. Also, they are prone to swim bladder disease and other sicknesses if you're not careful.
July 2, 2014
I absolutely love my fancy goldfish. I have a ranchu and a crown pearlscale. Right now they are small, but they'll definitely grow.
These are my favorite ones in all of my tanks. They're so unique. The ranchu swims very funny, and I love it.
These fish are a great choice if you want a cold water tank, but you can find amazing ones for less money too. Mine did not cost the $32 that it says on here. They'll live a long time if you know what you're doing though! Fancy goldfish are very hardy fish. I've never had one die in my 4 years of fish keeping.
You do have to watch out for swim bladder though. These guys get it very easily. Make sure to buy sinking food, or soak their food before feeding it to them. Also you can feed them peas and other vegetables, which will also help to prevent swim bladder.
Overall these are amazing fish and I highly recommend them to anyone with a cold water tank large enough for them.
February 4, 2014
These two are my favorite goldfish
I have a calico oranda and a oranda-bubble eye hybrid. They are both very dear to me. I bought them both at Petsmart and very pleased that I did.
I have wanted a calico oranda for the past two years. Went to my local pet store, saw one, but opted not to get it. Luckily I was able to fine one at Petsmart. My calico was on the higher end of price, but worth every penny. He is so beautiful. I saw him the first time I went to Petsmart. I didn't have enough money and I was on a mission to buy something else that day. So I promised myself that if it was still there the next month I'd buy it. Sure enough it was, and I jumped at the chance. Well I debated with myself and my mom for a good half hour in the store. He is the crowning jewel in my tank, I love to watch him swim. He's just so beautiful.
My oranda/bubble hybrid is a shock to me. I bought what was labeled an oranda that had orange and black on it (black is fading btw). It wasn't until it started growing that I realized that something is off with it. I thought its eyes were just weird. But as it got bigger I recognized those as bubbles. I had a oranda-bubble eye fish on my hands. I honestly have never heard of those two breeding. As he gets bigger, I monitor him to make sure his eyes are doing fine. So far so good (I have next to no experience with bubble eye fish). I don't know how he'll fair as he gets older. I'm hoping for the best though.
Fancy goldfish need bare minimum 20 gallons. Add 10 gallons for each new fish. They're dirty/messy so expect a lot of cleaning. Double up on filtration.
They are worth it, if you are prepared.
July 20, 2013