Fantail Goldfish
  Origin - China Difficulty - Beginner
  Availability - Common Adult Size - 6 to 8 inches
  Price - Cheap Scales - Any



  Raisin the Goldfish - This orange fantail is a good exampl;e of standard fantail finnage.

  Ribbontails - Video of many goldfish, including severalm nice Ribbontail Fantails.

  200 Gallon Aquarium - Lucky fantails get to live in a spacious 200 gallon aquarium.

  Red Fantail - Adult Fantail with deep red coloration.


History and Origin of Fantail Goldfish

A beautiful example of an ideal Common Goldfish

Technically, any goldfish with a split tail is considered a Fantail. But it is a separate breed and has it's own standards for appearance. Goldfish with split tails (the original Fantails) were first seen during the Ming Dynasty in the 1400s.

Fantails are the precursors from which all modern fancy varieties are derived.

Special Care for Fantail Goldfish

A cool looking mottled black and orange specimen

Most Fantails are fairly hardy and undemanding. While their split tails mean they cant swim as well as Common Goldfish, they do swim much better than other fancy varieties such as Bubble Eyes and Lionheads.

Though they are not as resiliant as Common (wild body) varieties, they are hardy enough to make good fish for beginners. Fantails are capable of living in almost any evironment that a Common Goldfish can live in, including ponds.

Ideal Characteristics for Fantail Goldfish

The body shoud be Tear Drop or Egg shaped, with a body depth between 3/5 the length of the body or more. Shorter body length in relation to the depth is preferred.

Fantails dont have any superfluous growths such as eye sacs, nasal bouquets, or headgrowth. The body outline should be smooth and contoured. Though this is ideal, a lot of Fantails have a minor Ryukin-like hump, which may be a residual trait from actual Ryukin ancestry (Ryukins have been bred into some Fantail lines for their color, and high backs are common among fantails now).

Fantails come in all the same color varieties as all other goldfish, and include all scale types as well. As with other breeds, color saturation of the fins is highly desired.

The default finnage is similar to a common goldfish...short (not longer than 1/2 the length of the body) rounded fins that are stiff. The Caudal fin should be high, fully divided, and not drooping. Caudal fins should be divided and forked in profile, with the lower lobe shorter than the upper lobe. All fins should be paired except for the Dorsal fin. Fantails tend toward larger-than-normal Dorsal fins, similar to a Ryukin.

Known Variants of Fantail Goldfish

There are no true variants for this breed, but they come in a variety of fin types (veiltail, butterfuly tail, ect..) and colors.





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