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Three Groups of Goldfish
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This page describes three groups of goldfish: (1) Pond Comets, (2) Fancy Goldfish including Orandas and Fantails, and (3) Very Fancy Goldfish including Bubble Eyes.
 
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Customer Comments

 
I read your section on keeping goldfish. In it you said that your regular goldfish might not be happy at all being kept with comets or koi. The article didn't however, explain why. I have a comet in my tank of goldfish and would like to know what that comment means.
 
Thank you.
Joy
 
 
Reply. Hello Joy. Thank you for your question. In my mind there are three Groups of Goldfish.
 
Red and White Pond Comets at AquariumFish.net.   Group 1
Pond Comets which have so-called comet-tails with two lobes on their tails that are arranged with one lobe above the other. We sell Pond Comets like the one shown to the left at our website. Click here for more information about the Goldfish in this Group.
 
Red and White Oranda taken at AquariumFish.net. Group 2
Fancy Goldfish with two lobes on their tail fins that are arranged horizontally with one lobe to the left and the other to the right of the fish. This Group includes Fantails, Black Moors, and Orandas, Click here for more about these Goldfish.
 
Red and White Ranchu taken at AquariumFish.net. Group 3
Very Fancy Goldfish, like the Red and White Ranchu shown to the left, plus Lionheads, Bubble Eyes, and Celestials have very limited swimming ability. We do not have more information about this Group on our website.
   
Bubble Eye Fancy Goldfish. Picture by AquariumFish.net.   This is a Bubble Eye.
Goldfish, which is also a member of Group 3. The bubbles, which are under the eyes, are actually enlarged tear ducts. Bubble Eyes will usually be nipped by the Goldfish in Group 1 and Group 2.
 
The Goldfish in Group 1 swim faster than fish in Groups 2 and 3, eat most of the food and will usually nip on fish in Groups 2 and 3.
 
The fish in Group 2 swim much faster than fish in Group 3, eat most of the food and usually nip on fish in Group 3.
 
So Goldfish from Groups 1, 2, and 3 should each be kept separately with Goldfish in their own Group and not be mixed with Goldfish from the other two Groups.
 
For example, keep the various types of Goldfish in Group 2 together but do not mix them with Goldfish from Group 1 or with Goldfish from Group 3.
 
All of the Goldfish in these three Groups are the same fish species, Carassius auratus, and could possibly interbreed.
 
Koi are a different fish species, Cyprinus carpio, and will certainly grow too big, swim too fast, eat all the food, and nip on all the types of Goldfish in Groups 2 and 3. But sometimes Koi and Goldfish from Group 1 get along for a while, but not always.
 
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Customer Comments

 
I HAVE A 5,000 GALLON KOI POND IN WHICH I HAVE 3 LARGE KOI AND 12 6-8" BABY KOI.  I HAVE ONE RED-CAP  ORANDA THAT IS ABOUT 5" AND SHE IS DOING GREAT.  I HAD AN ORANGE ORANDA BUT HE DIDN'T MAKE IT THROUGH THE WINTER.
 
MY ORANDA SWIMS WITH THE KOI AND EATS WITH THEM AND NO ONE pictureKS ON HER.  I WANT TO ADD ABOUT A DOZEN MORE ASSORTED ORANDAS TO THE POND.  DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE ANY PROBLEM WITH THE KOI pictureKING ON THEM ?
 
SINCE THEY HAVE SUCH A LARGE POND AREA THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH OVERCROWDING.  WOULD YOU SUGGEST I PURCHASE THE LARGER ORANDAS?  I HAVE HAD THE LARGE KOI ABOUT 9 YEARS AND THE ORANDA  ABOUT 6 MONTHS.
 
SHE IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE.  SHE IS ALSO THE FIRST TO EAT AND THE BABY KOI HOLD BACK AND FOLLOW HER.  SHE IS THE MOST CURIOUS TOO.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello. Your Oranda reminds me of the character by Dustin Hoffman in a movie, where he blindly walks through a battle and says later he must have been invisible!
 
Your Oranda has been exceptionally lucky to survive. Somehow invisible to the Koi! I suggest that you move the Oranda soon.
 
 
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