Different Types of GOLDFISH

Goldfish is a very popular pet among the young children as well as adults. It is a favorite pet of many people as each has a different personality and can be easily trained to do different tricks. Goldfish was the first fish that was used as a pet and is the most commonly found pet fish all over.

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Species of Goldfish:

Goldfish belong to carp family. There are many species found due to selective breeding. The specie varies in traits, colour, fin, tail shapes, eyes, body shape etc but all look visually pleasing and lovely.

Types of Goldfish:

The types and species of goldfish differ in certain traits, shapes, sizes and colours. The different groups of goldfish are single tailed, double tailed with egg shape body and double tailed with egg shape but without dorsal fins. Following are the different types of goldfish:


Shubunkins are found in two different forms; London Shubunkins and Bristol Shubunkins. Theses fish show calico colours like yellow, red, orange, violet etc. It can be identified because of small black spots on its body. Shubunkins goldfish appears to be scale less and look very much like the common goldfish.


Comets Goldfish is the common goldfish found as a pet. Comets Goldfish have high tolerance for low temperature and low water. They can grow up to fifteen inches in length. They are very active and can have a life of up to thirty years.

Comets Goldfish can be identified due to their small slim body and long tails. It is found in a range of colors like orange and black, red and white, red and black and orange and red etc.


Oranda Goldfish have a characteristic head helmet and long split fins and tail. The true Oranda is rare and hard to find. It can grow up to five inches in length. Oranda Goldfish has an average life of sixteen years. This type of goldfish is found in blue, red, brown, yellow and black colors.


Ryukin Goldfish have a small hump at the back of their head. These fish can grow up to six inches in length and have an average life of fifteen years. Ryukin Goldfish is found in calico colour combinations like white and orange and red and white etc.

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Pearlscale Goldfish is also known as Chinshurin. This fish has scales that appear to be raised from the body. Pearlscale Goldfish is found in a range of colours. It has a round shape and has feature that make it look like a pearl. This type of goldfish is sensitive to temperature and water changes. Pearlscale Goldfish is found in different shiny colour combinations of yellow orange, brown, red orange. The colours can be in patches or on a blue background color.


Telescope Goldfish is a commonly found goldfish. It is found in a variety of colours and shapes. The true Telescope Goldfish has very long fins.

Black Moors:

Black Moors goldfish is an active and easy to train fish. It has an average life of seventeen years. This type of fish is only found in deep black colour. It is found in groups and is comfortable with other types of goldfish as well.


Veiltail goldfish has different variants and is found with different adaptations like Philadelphia veiltails, European veiltails and Chinese veiltails. They have a delicate body and need a lot of care. Veiltail goldfish is available in different colours and has long fins.

Bubble Eye:

Bubble Eye Goldfish has large bulging eyes and large delicate sacks blow the eyes. Bubble Eye Goldfish is found in black and orange colour and is without dorsal fins.

Phoenix Egg fish/Egg:

Phoenix Egg fish/Egg Goldfish is a very rare type of goldfish and not found easily. It has long fins but no dorsal fins.


Lionhead Goldfish has a straight back behind a large head. It is poor swimmer and is comfortable with other poor swimmer goldfish. It has a round body and is found in colours like yellow, orange, blue and black.

    By Matthew Kepnes
    Matt Kepnes has been learning and writing about Goldfish since he had his very own as a young child.

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