Wakin Goldfish
  Origin - Japan Difficulty - Beginner
  Availability -
Uncommon to Rare
Adult Size - 9 to 11 inches
  Price - Expensive Scales - Metallic



  Wakin Courtship - Two beautiful Wakin engaged in breeding behavior.

  Wakin Goldfish - A bunch of great looking Wakins.

  Show Winning Wakin - Show quality adult Wakin.

  Medium Wakin - Several medium sized Wakin swimming in a tank with some other goldfish.

  Juvenile Watonai - Examples of some juvenile Watonia, the longer-tailed variant.


History and Origin of the Wakin

A traditional pond fish bred in Japan since the 1500s, the Wakin looks very similar to a Common Goldfish, but has a split tail. It is believed by many people that the Wakin was the proto-breed originally brought over from China, giving rise to the other Japanese breeds.

The Japanese use the term "Wakin" to describe all Common goldfish. This causes some confusion in the United States, because the word "Wakin" is used to denote single-tailed Common Goldfish in Japan as well...they use the word to refer to both types of fish. But in America, it specifically refers to the split-tailed fish shown here.

They look a lot like Fantailed versions of Koi, but have no barbels (whiskers). While Wakin are true goldfish, they can be in the same price ranges as Koi, with adult fish fetching hundreds of dollars. In Japan juveniles can be bought quite cheaply, but they are hard to find in America (and therefore more expensive), and usually have to be mail ordered.

Special Care for the Wakin

The Wakin requires no special care, and can survive in any environment that the Common Goldfish can survive in.

Wakin are intended as pond fish just as koi are. Unlike Koi however, they are not as demanding when it comes to water volume and can tolerate less water volume than Koi.

Ideal Characteristics for the Wakin

The body shape is similar to the Common Goldfish but more torpedo-shaped (wider). Wakins are intended to be viewed from the top, so they have a downward pointing tailbone sort of like a Ranchu. The tail is split, but much flatter than a Fantail. The size range described above is for typical specimens, but some Wakin have been measured as large as 18 inches.

Wakins have fins identical to a Common Goldfish. All fins are single, except the Caudal and Anal fins which are split. The Caudal fins are spread out horizontally similar to a Tosakin, but are rigid and short, about the same length as a Fantail.

The most common colorations are mottled red and white (Usually denoted by "dominant red" meaning the fish is mostly red, or "dominant white" meaning the fish is mostly white). Color patterns will sometimes be variegated. Ideally, wakin will be only red, white, or both. However other colors are occasionally seen, including yellow, orange, and calico versions.

Known Variants of the Wakin

Example of a Watonai
The Watonai is a Wakin variant with a flowing tail.






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