Above: Shown above is a gorgeous Pearl White Oranda Goldfish.
This Oranda is a highly sought-after fish for its unique pearly coloration, but these fish are hard to find at most pet fish stores.
Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Goldfish like these in any of the live fish stores that we visit.
Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.
Origin: Oranda Goldfish is one of the most colorful and popular aquarium fish.
Their ancestors originally lived in East Asia, but Goldfish are now found living in aquariums throughout most of the world.
There are many color varieties for sale in this store.
Maximum Size: Oranda Goldfish can grow to be about 8″-12″ long in aquariums, including their tails. Sometimes very old Goldfish are even bigger. Sometimes much bigger.
Behaviors: Most Goldfish are active swimmers but are rarely too aggressive.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, other varieties of Goldfish.
Temperature: Goldfish can live pretty well from about 60 to 75 degrees F., but they’re probably most comfortable from about 68 to 72 degrees F.
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and Premium Pellet Food when larger.
Water Conditions: Goldfish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it’s probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities, the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, but more is better.
Keep at most one Goldfish per 3-gallon, when they’re small. Larger Goldfish need up to 10 gallons per Goldfish.
Giant Goldfish need even more water per fish.
Decor: Goldfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4″ thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality but will often be eaten by Goldfish.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 20 to 30 gallons of water is OK, but a Penguin 350B Filter is the right size for a 30 to 50-gallon aquarium.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
Life Span: Goldfish live for several years and perhaps even many years with good water and good food.
Gender: It’s not easy to tell the males from the females even as they mature.
Females are often plumper, but males are plump too!
Males get white specs on their gill covers when they’re ready to breed.
Breeding: Goldfish scatter many eggs on plants or special breeding mops made of nylon yarn..
Popularity: For a long-long time Goldfish have been one of the most popular aquarium fish.