Comet goldfish

Comet goldfish

If you want an elegant goldfish that’s as tough as it is pretty, the Comet Goldfish is for you. Sort of a halfway house between the Common goldfish and the Fantail, the Comet has a sleek, elongated body that ends in a single scissor-like tail.

Indeed, it’s called the Swallowtail goldfish in the Far East, which we think really suits it.

Comets come in several different colours, with gold and metallic fish and the orange-and-red Sarasa Comet amongst the most popular. In prize-winning fish, the colour of the body extends right into the tail; even everyday specimens in the pet shop should show deep, rich colours over most of the body. All Comets start life silvery green, however, which makes buying very young fish rather hit-and-miss.

In ideal conditions Comets can reach nearly a foot in length. Although their growth will be restricted in smaller quarters, it’s only right to give them as much space as you can spare.

Comet goldfish tips:

  • As ever when buying goldfish, look for bright, clear-eyed specimens that take an interest in their surroundings.
  • The tail shouldn’t droop at all.
  • Comets are fast-moving fish that need a large indoor aquarium (ideally at least four-foot in length), or better yet a pond.
  • They are pretty hardy fellows, and will happily live outside in most regions, provided their pond is deep enough for over-wintering.
  • Comets love to shoal, so try to keep 4-6 fish together.

Comet goldfish seem to have been rather overshadowed in recent years by their fancier counterparts, which is a shame. Even purists who worry that man has tampered too much with some varieties of goldfish have to admit that the comet is a splendid creation.

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  5. I have 2 comet goldfishes they live outside in 55 Gal rain barrels one is in one and the other is in the other, they are growing fast because they are eating algi, and mosqitoe larva. My question is what will the winter bring, when the water freezes will they die or freeze and come back to life. How many can I keep in the barrel?

  6. I have a goldfish and comet they are like best friend’s

  7. I have a goldfish and comet they are like best friend’s they like to play races!

  8. I have a comet and goldfish they are like best friend’s they also like to play races! Lol😜

  9. They get big 4 to 6 inches

  10. I have a comet and,goldfish they play races and are buddies! Lol🙌

  11. I had 1 comet for about 1 month and I just got a new one. That is twice the size, my first one is picking on the new one, as in biteing

  12. Hi my tank is 12 /8 and 8 high I have one comet fish how many could I have in this tank?

  13. Hi😆 I have a shubinki and a sarsa comet fish in together.They have been in together for 1 year.I bought 4 new fish yesterday.They are small enough with big eyes.If I mix the old fish with my new fish will they fight eachother?

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  15. I have tetra fin gold flakes food. I have one comet about
    1 1/2 inches long. This is my 4th time comet fish that I
    bought. I don’t know what to do. I’ve got flake food but I’m not
    sure he’s eating the flakes. What’s wrong. My email address please let me know. Thank you Karie Martin

  16. I bought a comet and within a week it died. Then again I bought
    another comet and it died too. I have a 5 gal tank. One comet
    at a time in the tank. I bought a third it died too. Why is that.
    My email is

    Thank you Karie Martin

  17. I have one comet goldfish. Is a 2.5 gallon ok? I know I need a bigger tank but he is a baby so…

  18. Hi i have a Blagdon Affinity pond with 6 windows the biggest one u can buy, i have at the moment 2 red comets, 2 shubunkins, 5 gold fish is that enough or could i add more in the summer please Thank You x

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