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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Ethan Campbell Mcbarpbelliller - 2012-01-14
I had two 1.5 in. Fantails in a 3 gall. Tank. I recently put them in a 20 gallon tank then added a 4-5 in. Rykun a 1-2in. Lionhead goldfish , a 2.5 in rykun, and a 1 in. Albino cory cat I also have a 400 wat filter plants and a heater is this good for my fish????

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  • Ethan Campbell Mcbarpbelliller - 2012-01-14
    Ik this and I was planning to get a bigger tank in about 3-4 months but I'm concerned of how much to feed them
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-14
    You might want to do some reading on size of tanks required for your fish. The fantails as adults are going to go about 6 inches and would require something around 20 gallons for the two adult fantails. You have added a number of other fish that will get larger into a 20 gallon and that 20 gallon tank is just not going to be large enough to insure the health and growth of the fish you have added.
Rhiannon - 2008-07-28
I have two fantails called dick and dom, but dom just stays on the gravel of the aquarium. I wonder if this is normal behavior, it's as if he's sulking!

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  • fantailsfin - 2010-08-20
    He's probably looking for food or having a rest or something. Just feed him as normal and see if he gets back to normal.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    i think he is just resting, my goldfish does that, but after he sw
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-27
    Hard to tell but people say that it can be sick.
  • Arnab Dutta - 2011-12-03
    fantails don't generally behave that might be sick.see to it,watch if it eats healthy then generally its all righ.Also have a watch on the pH and water temp...often fishes becomes stressed due to these...
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-04
    How long has the fish done this? If it is a recent behavior, then the fish could have fallen ill; however, if this fish has done this for quite some time, it may be due to a swim bladder disorder, or another dysfunction.
Anonymous - 2011-11-27
One of my Fantail goldfish has black spots. I have no clue if it is bad or good. She/he looks okay. I looked everywhere on the internet if it is a disease. Will it be fine? PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM ONLY 11. I NEED HELP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. There are a couple that say black spots and see which one fits the best. Recommended treatment is listed.
Ralph Lauren - 2011-11-08
Is it ok if I feed my Oranda and Fantail Goldfish floating foods.?...
And sometimes my younger brother feeds my Goldies a bunch of Crackers is it ok?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-09
    Yes goldfish can eat floating foods - such as flakes and goldfish pellets. I would say that you generally would not want them eating crackers, though!
Anonymous - 2011-08-24
i have an orange and white five year old fantail, at the moment. I have plastic plants, but I wanna replace them, one by one, with real plants. I'm only 10 years old but, I've heard goldfish eat them... but I was wondering if there is any species of plants they dont eat. please reply!, PLEASE! i beg you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-25
    Goldfish eat just about anything - so it is difficult. Java Fern is supposed to be a real sturdy pkant that goldfish either can't or won't eat. There are also some mosses that are recommended. This is a link for a fella who has live plants in with his goldfish and what he went through to do it and how. Good luck.
  • sylvia clifton - 2011-09-23
    there isn't any that don't eat plants,and be careful because some plants can be poisonous. Here's something else you could do go to the internet and click on fantail goldfish and see if you can ask a question on that page,and you could find out what plants go with fantail goldfish,that should do it.
  • Shirley smith - 2011-10-08
    I am sill looking for a plant my fantails will NOT eat. If you find one I would love to know the name :(
cara schweitzer - 2011-09-20
I have two goldfish one a fan tail and the other a goldfish my daughter won at a festival. The (fair) goldfish has eaten the fins off of my fan tail! He is floating upside down. I have seperated them and now I am wondering if he will grow fins back or live at all! Any help would be great!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Attached article on Fish Diseases and Treatment. I'd look up the symptoms and see if corresponding treatment. Sounds like the one fish was ill and the other fish might have wanted to protect tank and enviornment. How big is your tank? Check out symptoms and see recommended treatment. Doesn't sound good that he is on his back like that so I don't know if much can be done. But we can learn so it doesn't happen again. OK?
Anonymous - 2009-03-01
I just got two goldfish and one's biting at one goldfish I've had for 4 months now and I don't want to take him back.

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  • carla - 2010-08-20
    Separate them into different tanks for a while.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    i got my fantail from petsmart in langley only 5 dollars i think
michael - 2010-01-24
I have a fantail "George" who we have had for the past two years, he is aprox 3 and a half inchs long in body without his tail how big will he grow? and long do they live for?

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  • fantails4eva! - 2010-08-20
    They grow up to six inches and they live to around 8-10 years if healthy. Hope this helps!
  • michael - 2010-09-03
    I dont know the size because it depends on the size of your tank, but they can live up to a huge age of 25 years, also I have 3 goldfish fantail and they're so KWL!
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    they grow to be 6 inches!!!... according to tank size, and they live normaly for 10 years

    hope i helped =3
Jazzy - 2011-01-03
I recently got 3 goldfishes today (fantail) and I feed them 2 times but they still look around for food like they didn't eat and they are sucking in rocks then taking them out. ARE they still hungry? I wanna know if they're males or female there's one that's bigger than another and it looks pregnant but the skinnier one that I think's a male isn't bumping or chasing the pregnant goldfish. Are they too hungry to play around? My other fantail is young and has big eyes lol and it does the same as them. I want more goldfishes I want to know what gender they are and why they are always hungry please...... I will send some pics of them they might be blurry bye please answer.

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  • Allyson .L. - 2011-01-06
    No matter what, Goldfish are ALWAYS acting hungry. I have have three fancy goldfish which I feed once a day. I use pellets instead of flakes because the pellets will make them more full than the flakes. However, I promise they will not show that they are full. Don't let them fool you! I suggest feeding them a pinch or two of pellets (3 pinches for flakes) once day because the extra fish food will dirty the water. Next, female goldfish are much more active than male goldfish and they usually have more color. Also, to my knowledge, males are fatter than females. Finally, to see if you have enough room for more goldfish is by multiplying 3 gallons by the total number of inches of all the goldfish combined. Hope that answered your questions!
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    picking up rocks is natural, this is called digging, they suck algae off of them. (that is natural too)
jessica - 2010-11-20
Well I have a goldfish fantail and I think it might be sick because it looks fat and has some kind of bumps on its scales I don't know how to figure it out?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    they could be anchor worms,my fish had five, but I put a disolving tablet and after I put three tablets in the dissapeared 1 by 1