AquA AnimaniA is your #1 local source for Ryukin Goldfish. The Ryukin Goldfish are considered a Japanese version of the Fantail Goldfish. They were developed in from the common Fantail Goldfish and like their Fantail counterpart, they are one of the more rounded or egg-shaped fancy gold fish.
The Ryukin Fancy Goldfish differs from the Fantail in that they have an extremely high back, often described as a dorsal hump, that starts in the neck region giving them a more pointed appearance to the head, and they have a wider caudal fin than the Fantail. Like all the goldfish with this rounded body they can be susceptible to swim bladder problems.
The beautiful Ryukin goldfish is available in red, red and white, tri-color, calico, white, and chocolate. The distinguishing feature common to both the Ryukin Goldfish and the Fantail Goldfish are their split or double caudal (tail) fin. A long-tailed version of this fish has also been developed and is called the Fringe-tail or Ribbon-tail Ryukin.
Both Fantail Goldfish and Ryukin Goldfish are recommended for the beginner. Other good beginner fancy goldfish are Common Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, the Shubunkin, and the Black Moor. These fish can tolerate temperatures a few degrees above freezing, as long as the cooling drops only a few degrees a day. Their hardiness and ability to live at colder temperatures makes them ideal for outdoor ponds. The Black Moor is the only possible exception to this, not because it lacks hardiness but because of its telescopic eyes. These eyes cause it to have poor vision so it is not a good competitor for food, and they are subject to injury and infection.
Ryukin Goldfish are some of the hardier species of goldfish. They are very undemanding of water quality and temperature. They can do well in goldfish aquariums, a pond, or even a goldfish bowl when small, as long as the environment is safe and their tank mates are not competitive.
Many people will keep goldfish in small one or two gallon goldfish bowls with no heater or filtration. But for the best success in keeping goldfish, provide them the same filtration, especially biological filtration, that other aquarium residents enjoy.
Since they are omnivorous, the Ryukin Goldfish will generally eat all kinds of fresh, frozen, and flake foods. To care for your Ryukin goldfish, keep a good balance by giving them a high quality flake food everyday. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen), blood worms, Daphnia, or tubifex worms as a treat. It is usually better to feed freeze-dried foods as opposed to live foods to avoid parasites and bacterial infections that could be present in live foods.
Regular weekly water changes of 1/4 to 1/3 is strongly recommended to keep these fish healthy. Snails can be added as they reduce the algae in the tank, helping to keep it clean.
Goldfish are very social animals and thrive in a community. Not only are they a great community fish but they are great scavengers as well. It is really not necessary to add other scavengers or other bottom feeders to the aquarium when you have goldfish.
The Ryukin Goldfish, along with the Fantails, are some of the only egg-shaped goldfish that can readily compete for food with the elongated goldfish such as the Common or Shubunkin Goldfish, so can be housed with them. LIke most fancy goldfish, they will thrive in both freshwater and tropical aquariums as long as there are no aggressive or territorial fish in the tank.
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