Fantail goldfish

Fantail goldfish

The Fantail is the most robust of all the twin-tailed goldfish. Indeed, despite its high dorsal fin and flamboyant caudal (tail) fin, the Fantail Goldfish has no problem swimming at at all, even in moderate currents.

As you watch these fish moving about your dealer’s tanks, you’ll soon appreciate how the Fantail Goldfish got its name. From behind, its tail really does look like a fan. The tail should be evenly divided and proudly held. The body of the Fantail should be short, almost egg-like, rather than elongated like the body of the Comet Goldfish. With good care, they typically grow to about six inches long.

Fantail goldfish come in a great many colours; a mottled mix of orange, white, black, silver and gold are most common in the shops. Pure metallic red Fantails are popular, too, as are the more blue-black calico variety.

Fantail Goldfish tips:

  • You want to choose bright and alert specimens. No drooping fins or tail.
  • Some shops sell Fantails with very long fins, but enthusiasts prefer a more balanced fish.
  • Fantails are the hardiest twin-tailed goldfish, and can live outside all year in ponds.
  • If over-wintering outdoors, ensure the pond has a deep area to provide protection from freezing conditions.
  • Fantail goldfish are sociable fish, so please keep them in shoals of at least three specimens.

Fantails can live for well over a decade in good conditions, so it makes sense to choose carefully before you buy your new pets.

67 Responses to “Fantail goldfish”

  1. Hello, my name is Charlotte. 5years ago my husband went to the Middle East I bought 15 little gold fish and put them in my pond to control bugs, there were no other fish in it when we bought the house because the pond was dry. Now 5 years later the pond has gotten very low and we took the fish out, they are overy 12in long and beautiful. I have now made a 600gallon pond with a liner. Two of them look very fat in the tummy area. When do they spawn and what will I need to have in the pond for them to hatch the eggs on? I am lost never had gold fish( or monster fish as my son and husband call them) my e-mail is if you can help me. Thank You

  2. Hey, I have two fantail goldfish and they wont stop sucking the air from the opening at the top of the bowl ,why are they doing this and is it dangeris for them to do that?

  3. It is not a good idea any sort of goldfish in a bowl and they are doing that because there is not enough oxygen in the bowl.

  4. I have 3 fancy goldfish, a fantail, a ranchu and a lion head. They are in a 75 gallon tank, with 2 aerators, 2 205 fluval filters.they are fed chopped lettuce, shrimp pellets, freeze dried meal worms, dandelions (in the summer), pond pellets, cichlid pellets, flake (very rarely gums up the filters), algea wafers, etc…I mix it up. the fantail is about 11 inches from tail to mouth, the ranchu is about 4 inches and the lion head about 6 inches. I change 1/3rd of their water every 2 weeks and also add one tablespoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons. they are thriving.

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  8. I keep 3 fantails and some golden White Cloud Mt minnows in a 40gal tub in the courtyard for the summer months. We leave for the 6 Colorado winter months and so far a friend has taken them to her house. If I move the tub to an inside basement location by a sliding door, (house temperature is set for 55) will they be content to “sleep” through the winter
    in this tub (air hose/stone in place)? We do have a koi pond where we winter the koi with no problem but it is not netted over and I have some concern about neighborhood cats and coons fishing in the shallows.

  9. I am confused as to what happened to my orange and white fantail goldfish I Miss Piggy. A couple of days ago I woke up and turned on the tank light and she was dead. She was pure white when the day before she looked like her normal orange and white self. Only symptom I can think of is she seemed to be laying in the bottom corner a little more than normally. Has anyone heard of a fishe turning ghostly white and dying overnight like that?

  10. My Fantail is not eating. But mostly lieying on the ground ocasionaly swiming around. His little friend Comet, passed away recently because her mouth was to small and couldn’t eat so she starved. We think it was mouth rot.But we don’t want Bubbles to die to. Is there a cure?

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  12. I just got 3 fish a black moor, cali fantail and gold fantail i have them in a 10 gal tank I wasnt told that i needed a bigger tank. Will they be ok for a year or so in this tank?

  13. I’ve had some devastating experiences with my fancy tailed goldfish. They started dying radically over the last 3 months. I’ve had them for at least 3 to 4 years. Either in the pond or an 75 gal aquarium. One day they would be swimming around healthy and full of energy. Then I would find one floating on the top. I clean the tank regularly and have good carbon/filter system. I cleaned the tank with a water vacuum with about 40 gals still in the tank. Refilled it with fresh water. I live in Arizona, so the water is hard but still runs through city resevoirs. The ones in the pond also started dying. I keep the temp at best abt 75 deg. Especially when it’s so hot here (3 digits) I have them shaded over the pond. 3ft deep and 6 ft long. Also have large pond filter. I do miss cleaning it sometimes, but the water is circulated and has water fall also. They weren’t sick. They just died. I read that also you can’t mix koi fish with gold fish. Is this true?

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  16. Hi! Can i keep my fantail goldfish in a pond during the winter? Temeratures here tend to be low, but i have 500 gallon pond, 35 inches deep. Thanks in advance

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