Animal Stories - Fantail Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Fantail Goldfish

The Fantail Goldfish is a show goldfish, its distinguishing feature being a split or double caudal (tail) fin!
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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 name...im 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
    Snowdrop
    Gobi
    Sunlight
    Moonshine
    Li'l Baby
    Sweetie Pie
    Desert
    Heatwave
  • 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:
    Flash
    Jumpy
    Zippity
    DooDa
    Robin
  • 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. :)
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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.
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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.
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Shirley - 2013-04-22
I have a question that I am not able to find an answer for. Jethro(my goldfish) flipped himself out of his tank onto the carpeted floor where he was found by my three Chihuahuas. I heard the commotion and hurried to see what was happening. Jethro was stretched out on the floor, not breathing, and minus part of the very top of his tail. I picked him up, saw that he was still alive, dusted him off and put him in his tank. He revived nicely, thank goodness, but he looks odd without that part of his tail. Any chance of it growing back? Please say yes!

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  • David Brough - 2013-04-22
    Ahah... good news! The fins will probably grow back unless it was nibbled back to far into the caudal penduncle. What a survivor, glad you found him in time.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-23
Hello, I have two goldfish with white spots on their tails and also some parts of their body. I have separated them in a hospital tank, but cannot determine if it is fungal or protozoan infection. It is like white grains on their body. Their eating habits are normal, but they are less active now after I have separated them. What should I do? Please help! Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    Sounds like Ich my friend.  Can be treated with aquarium salt and raising the temps.  Ich can also be treated with numerous Ich meds on the market.
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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?
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Rajesh - 2012-12-21
Hello, I have a fish tank, its dimensions are - length=3 ft, height = 2 & 1/2 ft, width = 1 ft. How many fan tail gold fish can i add in it ? Can it fit 4 of them ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    Sounds like about a 25 - 30 gallon tank? Adult goldfish really need a minimum of 20 gallons per fish, but as juveniles 4 could work. Just plan on getting a bigger tank as they grow.
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Soroush J Jozani - 2012-09-18
I moved my goldfish to a 100 gallon tank last week. They all are healthy and active, except for one of my calico fantails which started to swim slower and refuses to eat for the past 2 days; yet I don`t see any visible signs of disease on her. Any idea what could cause this?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-19
    Fish need to adjust to their new tanks.  May be swimming slower because it doesn't know the tanks boundries yest ans is mentally programed to swim in the smaller tank without thinking, now has more room.
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Tisha - 2012-08-03
I have a Fan tail Gold fish! Are fan tail gold fish supposed to swim slow then the regular common goldfish? And I also fed my fish gold fish dried flakes and he didnt eat it? What does that mean?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-04
    They do swim slower.  Try some pellets.
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Rene\' - 2012-09-28
My calico fantail developed a protozoan parasite problem which I have been treating with Quick Cure for almost a week now. It has been successful in ridding him of the 'gunk' on about a third of his body. Question: how long should I treat with this product and is it safe to try lightly rubbing with cotton tip to remove the gunk? I've been changing his treatment bowl...about a gallon...every night since it gets cloudy. Is this a good practice till he's well?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-28
    Most parasites have a life cycle, if you know what the parasite is, maybe you can find out what its cycle is. That would give you a good idea how long to treat. Also, maybe you can find out from the manufacturer suggestions for how long you can safely use their product.
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