Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Varieties of the fantail Goldfish
The fantail Goldfish has an elliptical shaped body with a split tail. When they swim they kind of waddle through the water. They are not very fast swimmers so they are not very popular as pond fish but are great tank pets. There are many varieties of the fantail Goldfish. The longer finned versions are called veiltails. The fantail also comes in a variety of colors and scale types. There are many varieties of Goldfish that closely resemble the fantail and may have been bred originally from them to create new varieties.
After reading online about the average size of this fish I have come to the conclusion that not many people who write for the internet about Goldfish actually owned them. For example the articles I found mentioned the average size for a fantail was from 1-3 inches in diameter. My guess is that they have never seen a pond grown one like I owned. My fantail grew to a large 5" from nose to base of tail and she was only 10 years old when she died. Since fish keep growing until they die she would have gotten much larger given enough time. Goldfish live an average of 20 years and often more.