Telescope Eye Goldfish - Tips and Characteristics

Quick Statistics - Telescope Eye
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: 6-8" (inches)
Lifespan: 10-15 years or more
Care Level: Easy - Medium
Temperament: Friendly and social

The Telescope Eye is one very curious goldfish and it seems like it wants to have a better look at you. Their rather unusual large eyes are set on top of long telescope stalks mounted on each side of its head. It's known that the very popular Black Moor is the black version of the Telescope Eye, but its eyes don't protrude quite as much.

It has a body and head very similar to the Fantail. It has an egg-shaped body and it's one of the Twin-tails. The body depth is ideally larger than 2/3 of its length. The tail fin comes in different variations. The broadtail, veiltail or butterfly tail.

The Telescope Eye is available in many color variations that include: orange, red, white, red-and-white, calico, tri-colored, blue and chocolate. Another very beautiful, but rare color variation is that black-and-white, also known as the Panda-Telescope-Eye.

It's very common for the Telescope Eye to reach a size of 4-6 inches and have a lifespan of 10-15 years when kept in well maintained goldfish aquariums.

The eyes don't start to protrude until these fish are about 6 months to 1 year old. They eat all kinds of fresh, flake or frozen foods.

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You also need to know...

This goldfish is not considered as a good beginner fish. It's a slow swimmer, not too competitive and has poor vision because of the large protruding eyes.

You will have to remove any sharp objects or decorations you have in your aquarium as these can hurt your fish. Also remove any fake plants that have a scratchy texture, known that the Telescope's eyes are very delicate.


The best tank mates for the Telescope Eye are similar slow swimming goldfish that also have some kind of handicap. These are the Black Moor, Bubble Eye, Celestial Eye and even other twin-tails like the Oranda, Fantail or Lionhead. Doing this, all your goldfish will have an even chance when food is served.

Please do not mix with single-tailed, fast swimming and competitive goldfish like the Common, Comet or Shubunkin.

Love to you,

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