1. Choosing the Right Tank Size
As we’ve already covered:
Orandas grow GINORMOUS compared to all the other fancies.
Thats why it’s really important they have enough room to grow to their full potential.
So if you’re thinking of using a fish bowl…
… that’s out of the question.
Bowls make bad goldfish homes for a ton of reasons.
This may be shocking:
But keeping your fish in a bowl can cause permanent damage.
You don’t want your beautiful Oranda to end up stunted for the rest of it’s life, now do you?
Plus, there’s no way you can can keep it clean enough.
The bottom line?
Set up a tank.
And shoot for one that’s 10-20 gallons large for each fish.
Bigger is always better.
2. Making Sure You Have the Correct Water Temperature
It just so happens that, (unlike lots of other species) goldfish adapt to their environment pretty well.
Chilly water is more likely to cause health problems as the fish’s immune system is weaker.
Of course, too hot is stressful also.
What is the best temperature for your finned friend?
For fancy goldfish, it’s actually on the warmer end (75-80 degrees F).
3. Understanding the Oranda’s Proper Diet
Diet plays a critical role in the well-being of an Oranda – and also their growth.
Orandas are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter for their food.
A balanced diet is really important to orandas, because with their rounder body shape they are prone to swim bladder trouble.
However, if they are floating upside down and the diet is fine…
… It can actually be due to an overgrown wen in some rare cases!
Diet is plays the biggest role though.
That’s why it’s really important to have a solid feeding plan.
You can read more about goldfish diet requirements in our feeding article.
4. Picking out the Best Tank Mates
Could it be that your pet is longing for a fishy friend?
If so, you’ll want to find out what other fish you can safely keep with your Oranda.
Because of their friendly personalities, they tend to do great with most other fancy types of goldfish, with maybe the best being other Orandas or fish with wens such as the Lionhead and Ranchu.
But here’s an important tip:
Only keep other goldfish in with goldfish.
They do best that way… TRUST ME.
Interesting to look at doesn’t matter nearly as much as having a peaceful tank.
The bottom line?
Please don’t make the mistake of putting other kinds of fish in there too, like tropical fish, as they don’t mix well and can hurt your goldfish.
Wrapping it All Up
We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to caring for your pet Oranda goldfish.
There just isn’t enough time to go into all the detail!
But don’t worry – I wrote a complete care guide called “The Truth About Goldfish.”
It contains ALL the information you will ever need to make sure your fish doesn’t just survive, but THRIVES.
I’m sure you want yours to reach its full potential, right? ?
You can take a peek at it here: