Fantail Goldfish - Tips and Characteristics

Quick Statistics - Fantail
Country of Origin: China and Japan
Family: Cyprinidae
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
Environment: Freshwater fish
Temperature: 55° - 78°F
Type: Twin Tail
Diet: Omnivore
Food: Pellets, flakes, live food, veggies and fruit
Adult Size: 6" or more (inches)
Lifespan: 10-15 years or more
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Friendly and social

Everyone knows that the Fantail goldfish is one of the hardy varieties. Very popular, the Fantail is the western version of the Japanese Ryukin goldfish.

This beautiful goldfish proudly positions itself amongst the twin-tailed varieties. It possesses an egg-shaped body, a high dorsal fin, a long quadruple caudal(tail) fin and double anal fins.

Fantail is an egg-shaped variety. The body is short and the head is very wide. The main feature is its split tail fin that is moderate in length and slightly forked. Like all goldfish, the Fantail eat all kinds of food. It prefers a varied diet consisting on veggies and fruit or frozen food as occasional treats.

It's known they have three types of scales: solid reddish orange which is metallic, nacreous which is speckled, and matt which is a whitish color.

Fantail can grow up to 6-10 inches and have an average lifespan of 10-15 years in well maintained goldfish aquariums or ponds.

If you're like me and want to own at least one or two Fantail goldfish, then welcome to the club of happy fish enthusiasts.

You also need to know...

Fantails are one for the hardiest of fancy goldfish and can be kept in outdoor ponds also. It's one of the easiest of the fancy goldfish to breed. Because of these aspects, Fantail becomes one of the highly recommended goldfish to all beginner aquarists.


Being a twin-tailed goldfish, it's best to keep them along with other similar varieties. They are not as competitive as the Common or Comet so the best tank mate are goldfish like Oranda, Black Moor, Ryukin, Tosakin, Lionhead, Ranchu or Veiltail.

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