Celestial Eye Goldfish - Tips and Characteristics

Quick Statistics - Celestial Eye
Country of Origin: China and/or Korea
Family: Cyprinidae
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
Environment: Freshwater fish
Temperature: 65° - 78°F
Type: Twin Tail
Diet: Omnivore
Food: Pellets, flakes, live food, veggies and fruit
Adult Size: 5-6" (inches)
Lifespan: 10-15 years or more
Care Level: Medium
Temperament: Friendly and social

Okay, you're probably wondering what's so celestial about this goldfish and why do the Chinese call it the Stargazer. It's quite obvious when you see that it has telescope eyes which are turned upwards, pupils gazing skyward.

With its eyes locked in an upward position, a rounded egg-shaped body and with no dorsal fin make this fish one of the most unusual of all goldfish varieties. In general form and size its very similar to the Lionhead, but does not develop its raspberry looking head growth.

The Celestial Eye goldfish is considered a rather delicate fish so it's not recommended for beginners. It's one of the small goldfish varieties that will generally reach about 5-6 inches in length. When young, Celestial Eye goldfish have normal eyes, but begin to protrude and the upturned visions develops.

The average lifespan of this goldfish is 10-15 years in well maintained goldfish aquariums. Available in colors include orange, white, black, red-and-white and calico. They eat all kinds of frozen, fresh and flake foods.

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The Celestial Eye goldfish is one of the delicate varieties and have a lower tolerance for pollution. Due to their upturned eyes, they have poor vision and a harder time seeing their food, so they need extra time to feed.

Despite their limited vision and lack of dorsal fin, they are active and agile swimmers. But, they are unable to compete with more vigorous goldfish for food, like the Common, Comet or Shubunkin. Sharp ornaments and objects in the aquarium are contraindicated.


Best tank mates for the Celestial Eye would be similarly handicapped Bubble Eye, Telescope Eye/Black Moor and Lionhead goldfish. When kept with other slow-moving goldfish it should get plenty of food and be very happy.

Do not mix with the single-tails because the competition for food can leave your Celestial Eye starving and stressed.

Love to you,

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