Are you a member of the “Fantail Fan Club?”
Sorry, I couldn’t resist 😉
If you are back from a recent trip to the pet store…
… Or have had one for a while now…
Or maybe just want to know more about that fascinating, shiny-scaled creature gliding gracefully through the water…
You’ve come to the right spot, so READ ON!
I Want To Learn About:
Breeding Fantail Goldfish!
Fun fact – they are one of the easiest kinds of goldfish to breed!
Of course, it’s still tricky business, but they can be helped along by giving them yummy treats like frozen blood worms or brine shrimp.
And when they do…
You’d better be prepared for a LOT of babies! (Goldfish can have over 1,000 at a time.)
This is How the Fantail Got its Tail!
All goldfish used to be slim-bodied goldfish like the Common – with one tail and one anal fin.
So how did the Fantail end up with 2 of each?
Goldfish fins of non-fancies are actually made of a double-layer. But during the Ming Dynasty 600 years ago, a strange genetic mutation appeared…
The double layer of their tail fin and anal fin started to split apart and grow separately!
Betcha didn’t know that one 😉
Early Fantails probably looked a lot like the Watonai goldfish before they were bred to have shorter bodies…
3 Surefire Ways to Know if Your Fish is Actually A Fantail
So, how do you know if your fish is a Fantail – not some other breed of goldfish?
1. Egg shaped body
Fantails fall into the category of “Fancy Goldfish,” which are known for their round, short bodies much deeper than their slim-bodied brothers.
They were bred to be this way to look nice.
But here’s the catch:
This actually gives their organs less space than their ancestors had, making them prone to swim bladder problems from their diet.
(More on that in a minute.)
2. Double tail fins
Fish like the common goldfish (those little guys sold in bulk as feeders in pet stores) have one straight tail fin with 2 lobes on the top and bottom.
Not this fish!
Fantails have 2 tails in one, split down the middle. This gives them 4 separate lobes… unless your fish is has a fused tail – lovingly known as “tripod.”
Quality specimens will have a good split down to the base of their tail.
3. Double anal fins
Granted, not all Fantails have them , but double anal fins are another clue that your fish is one.
(Anal fins are the fins closest to the tail underneath the fish).
4. No other fancy features
The Fantail is the “plain Jane” of the fancy goldfish category without all the showy characteristics other breeds have.
And this is exactly why some people love them – they like that down-to-earth look!
How to Take Care of Your Fantail Goldfish Properly
This might surprise you:
But Fantails are actually one of the best beginner fish.
Because they are so hardy, they are much more likely to survive any mistakes new goldfish owners will probably make.
You will also want to make sure you have the equipment needed to take proper care of your goldfish.
Which brings us to the first point…