Animal Stories - Fantail Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Fantail Goldfish

The Fantail is a show goldfish with one main distinguishing feature--a split, or double, tailfin!
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monica - 2015-11-26
Fantails are one of my fave fish to keep. I got two fantails in my 180 litre planted tank I notice they grow fast and they love their tank :)

Abbie - 2013-01-01
I got two fantail fish for Christmas but one died, I cleaned  the tank well but now the other one just sits out the bottom do you no why? Please help x

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    What size tank? Filtration?  You may want to have the water tested, a local pet shop will normally do it for you if a water sample if brought in.  Was the tank cycled before adding the fish?  Air stone in tank?
  • Christopher Pope - 2015-01-21
    Keep in mind, gold fish are mostly a community fish. They love having others. I had one that was simply depressed until I bought another and he piped right up.
  • Tyrone - 2015-02-15
    I recently got a female oranda goldfish and my male fantail and black moor have been chasing her all around(they do stop sometimes)is it a mating process because they're about 6 months old or are they just playing
  • Elspeth - 2015-02-19
    I've always found fantails slightly more difficult than other goldfish, they like very clean water and lots of company. Make sure you do a 1/4 water change once a week, that there are no major temperature variations, and add a plant or two - always perks them up. You may want to invest in a larger tank with a better filtration system, you still need to make the water changes but it'll make your fish very happy! Get a few platy or danios, they're very small but also very active. They can really liven up your tank and will live happily in the same temperature as a goldfish. If your fish has floaty poo's you may be feeding it too much, they don't have stomachs so are forever hungry but it doesn't mean they need constant food. They can go quite a long time without and will become much more active in their quest for it :) Good luck!
jody - 2015-04-03
y dids my fish sometime swims upside down and look like it is dying bout it not and somtime it just lay like that too y

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  • monica - 2015-05-19
    sounds like your fish has a issues of the swim bladder. make sure your water parameters stays ammonia 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates under 40ppm. also try to feed some peas 1/4 of the pea four times a day.
Terri Vickers - 2015-02-10
I have new fantail gold fish, what do I do when babies are born? Do I take them out of the tank? What do I do for them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-14
    Once the parents are done spawning and the eggs are laid, the parents will start to eat them, so you will need to separate the eggs from the parents. See more about this on the page, Breeding Freshwaterfish Fish: Goldfish.
Evelyn Cable - 2015-02-05
Interest in buying fanfail and veiltail goldfish

grace - 2013-09-16
I just got my goldfish and I don't know much about them! But I am wondering why they always are at the top of the water? They will swim to the top and sorta stick their mouths out and go 'pip pip' it almost looks like they are trying to get more oxygen but I dont know! I'm sure some of that is normal, but what about all the time?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-19
    Goldfish will often get oxygen by gulping air at the surface of the water. It sounds normal to me! Putting a bubbler in the water may help to create more oxygen and your goldfish may feel less like he needs to get it at the surface, so if you are worried he is doing it a bit excessively you could try a bubbler.
  • sally - 2014-10-06
    Fresh plants in the water also help as they produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide :) hope this also helps
Doe - 2014-06-07
I have been fish crazy for forty plus years. Today I bought my first Shubukins/goldfish to add to a 75g previously fresh planted tank. Haven't had a goldfish in many years. I have 2 marine tanks and a Betta tank going as I type. I LOVE fish, plain and simple. Hopefully my goldfish tank will do as well as the others. Here's swimming at ya.

beverly - 2012-05-01
i bought a fancy fin goldfish at the local pet store, bout 2 days ago. this morn when i went to feed her i noticed that there are long hair like stringey stuff hanging off her.under her body and from her fins, i have read alot bout fungs, but have not seen anything that looks like it ,, what do you think? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    A dip or bath in Mebromin. There are other dips out there depending on fungus.
  • beverly - 2012-05-01
    i put a littl drop of primafix in her tank,, i hope thats ok, its what the pet store recomended, i will get what you suggested,, thanks for you quick responce
  • G.B - 2012-05-20
    i think you'll find thts probly their own 'fish-mess' , also i was going to quickly ask seeing as you seem confident about ur messages, can fantail goldfish and Ryukin breed/mate together? because i was thinking about getting one of each of those for my goldfish bowl, as im a beginner on them. and they seem pretty easy to look after and i just love fish and animals! Please reply, thanks! G.B
  • Matt Anderson - 2014-05-17
    Hi G.B. Although there has been an unfortunate tradition of keeping goldfish in bowls, I highly suggest you don't keep the fish in a bowl. Not only are the fish very messy and need heavy filtration, but goldfish grow to a foot long when kept in proper conditions. Unless you can get a 30 gallon tank I suggest you don't get goldfish. No fish can be kept in a bowl.
Sarah - 2006-03-26
I just got my fantail goldfish. I wanted a calico one but my mom said get the smallest one. The smallest one was tiny compared to the other fish. I picked him out to the lady and she squished him against the aquarium wall when she was try to get him! I felt sorry for the little guy. I brought him home and put him in a 10 gallon. He looked like he was having a party! He was kinda slow and I saw that his scales were ripped off =( atleast i saved him =) He is living well right now, he has the whole tank to himself! He looks like a pebble hes so small! Hes all orange exept for the tip of his fins are white. I named him butterscotch yesterday and today....i dont know why in the heck i picked that going to change it today when i find a good one. Most of the people on here said the names of their fish and so i might copy them...i like the name bubbles, my neon tetras name is that, but im going to keep looking =)

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  • catz - 2010-08-20
    What about Cookie? That's the name of one of my fantail fish!
  • barry - 2011-03-29
    What about mr. wiggles?
  • Whoohoo - 2011-07-03
    Li'l Baby
    Sweetie Pie
  • April - 2011-07-08
    I had a cat named Butterscotch. I like it!! I called her Bud for short.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    Our once small fantail is named Princess. My 5 year old named her. Princess has doubled in size in the 2 months that we have had her.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    More suggestions:
  • Linda - 2014-03-17
    I think Butterscotch is a good name! But here are some of the names I have given my goldfish over the years.. at least the ones I kept a long time: Queenie (lived 8 years), Grumpy (lived 4.5 years), Freckle-Fish (is 2 yrs old), Klaus and Captain Kirk (both are 2), Duckie (is 2), Admimral Ackbar (my son's fish, is 2), my new babies are Shubunkin comets Necco and Smartie. I let my husband name one once and he called it Kurt Russell, lol... Enjoy your goldie... They are the only kind of fish I keep. :)
Mary - 2013-07-15
Hey I have a question about this type of fish... we normally have regular goldfish so it's still new. We just bought it but it seems to sit at the bottom of the tank. Just seems weird. We will feed the fish and it swims to the top to get food and sinks back to the bottom. Is this normal for this kind of fish?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Hmmm, well it if it eating and swimming normally then I wouldn't worry too much. Just watch and make sure no new disturbing signs arise.