Oranda Goldfish - Tips and Characteristics

Quick Statistics - Oranda
Country of Origin: China
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: 6-10" (inches)
Lifespan: 10-15 years or more
Care Level: Easy - Medium
Temperament: Friendly and social

Don't believe me, but Oranda is one of the most popular goldfish in the world. It's favored for its hood(wen), that grows on top of its head. Goldfish owners around the world simply love this twin-tailed cute variety.

This is a beautiful fish with a large round shape body with a flowing pair of caudal(tail) fins. Very similar to the Lionhead, the Oranda's head has a raspberry like appearance. It usually grows when the fish is 1-2 years old.

Orandas are available in a variety of colors: orange, red, yellow, red-and-white, red-and-black, black, blue, chocolate, bronze, white or silver, black-and-white, red-black-and-white, yellow-red or calico.

High quality Oranda goldfish don't have forked fins, but similar forked-fin goldfish are seen as Oranda, only of lower quality. It's possible to breed the Oranda but only a low percent of the fry will become high quality.

Oranda can generally reach about 6-10 inches and can live up to 10-15 years in well maintained goldfish aquariums.

You also need to know...

It's one of the slow swimming goldfish and not very competitive when food is served. Since they are omnivores, Oranda will eat all kinds of fresh, flake or frozen foods.

They are very sensitive to cold temperatures, preferably in the range of 65o-75o F. Special attention must be given to the wen because it's prone to bacterial infections. Sometimes the wen grows enormously, covering its eyes, which means finding food ca become a problem.

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Due to its eyesight and being one of the delicate goldfish species, Oranda need to be kept with other slow moving twin-tailed goldfish. Popular and best tank mates for the Oranda are: Fantail, Black Moor, Veiltail, Ranchu, Ryukin, Lionhead and Pearlscale.

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