- Diet: Flake, Pellets
- Maximum size: 6"
- Water temperature: 64-75° F
- Swimming level: Middle
- Experience level: Beginner
- Tank Setup: 29+ gallons, lightly planted
Thinking about adding a goldfish to your family? You're not alone! Every year millions of people enter the wonderful world of Pet Parenting by starting with one of many species of goldfish. Goldfish are hardy, fascinating fish that are fairly easy to care for, which makes them one of the first choices for kids and classroom pets.
Unlike tropical fish, goldfish will live in a wide range of water temperatures. Most goldfish are peaceful and schooling fish that mix well with other goldfish. They come in a variety of striking colors with fascinating features like telescoping eyes and a veiltail. They are best suited for a larger aquarium with lots of filtration (e.g., outside power filter). The minimum aquarium size for two adult goldfish should be 29 gallons.
Learn about Fantail Goldfish
Fantail goldfish will eat both plants and tiny, living creatures like small aquatic crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae.
You will see these fish swimming in the middle of your aquarium.
Aquarium fish only
Never put fantail goldfish into a pond environment. They are at a distinct disadvantage with predators as well as other types of goldfish and koi.
Choose vegetable-based flake and pellet foods. Sinking foods are recommended to prevent gulping air during eating. Feed according to the directions on the packaging.
To boost the overall health of fantail goldfish, supplement their diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, such as zucchini, romaine lettuce and peas.
Decorate their aquarium sparsely with driftwood or rockwork, but be sure to leave a large, open area in the center of the aquarium for swimming. Since goldfish will eat live plants, opt for plastic plants instead.
These fish prefer fine gravel or sand substrate on the bottom of the aquarium. Since goldfish sift through the sand in search of food, larger grains of gravel may become lodged in their throats and can be difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Visit our Fish Care Center to find products, care information and bright ideas to enhance your underwater world.
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