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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carla - 2010-08-19
I have had newly brought two fantails from the same tank from about a day ago. I have noticed that all the time they are swimming together side by side never separating. Is that normal, or do they just need time to settle in?
Also, how do you know if fantails are male or female?
Please help!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-02-12
    Male has white spots close to the gills and is usually big and thin and girl is small and fat and around spring the male chases the girl (if there is a girl in tank).
Jason Hamblett - 2011-02-21
Hi I am new to this. I have kept fish for 2 years, I have a 4 ft tank and got four shubunkins and a orlanda fancy.. Do you think they will attack him? ( I know this may seem a little strange but can a goldfish and a shubunkin mate or do they need to be the same sort of fish... can someone plz help me)

James - 2011-02-07
I have a 60 litre (13 gallons) tank and I have 5 fantails. Is this too small for them? They seem to be very happy and active, also very friendly! But after a little scare the other day (old tank cracked and leaked while I was at work, got to them in time. There was still water in the tank so put em in a washing up bowl temporarily and a bloody door later hit the bowl and they all fell out, again luckily I got to them in time and after a sleepless night they all seem fine 3 days later) After all this I just want to ensure I'm doing things correctly. I feed them flakes 3 times a day, use a 600 litre an hour filter and I have bubbles in the tank to provide oxygen in the water. Then the usual plants and items to mentally stimulate the fish. If anyone can give advice that would be fantastic. Thank you.

Taylor - 2010-12-30
I bought a fantail Goldfish probably a month ago (named Trey) and it's been in it's own 6 gallon tank for a month at least. Today my best friend bought a fantail Goldfish (name undecided lol) She bought it to put with my fish and we put them together in the tank today well (Trey) started to chase the new fantail around the tank for awhile and I thought that they weren't going to get along so we started to clean an old tank to put the new fantail in, but Trey isn't chasing the new fish around anymore.. Are they going to get along? And also is my tank big enough for the both of them?

Mike - 2004-04-23
When I first got my Fantail Goldfish, I read to them. The goldfish were still in the bag. Strangly, my fish were looking at me like they were listening!! :)

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-20
    That always happens to me! My fishes name is Dory! My they're such beautiful fish!
  • Marilyn - 2010-11-28
    Hello Mike. I loved reading your comment about your Fantail fish, that they really did seem to listen to you when you read to them. Yes, I totally agree with you, I have two fantail fish, for 5 years now, & they know me. When I have visitors they swim away & hide, & every time I come indoors they swim forward to greet me at the front of the tank. Their names are Dori & Nemo`s Dad. They are lovely company & I watch them for hours.
vicki - 2010-04-27
My fantails have been through a lot. Especially dotty. All her boyfriends died. She has moved house three times. She tried to have babies. She always gets poorly. She gets bullied by my other fantail, oscar. The amazing thing is that she's approaching five years old! She's massive. She always sleeps at the top of the water surface. Does that mean her time is coming? If so, how will this affect oscar?

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  • Marilyn - 2010-11-28
    My two Fan Tail Gold Fish constantly swim at the top of the tank, & I am worried that they can not breathe properly. Is there anything that I can do for them. I have filters in the tank & Oxygen filters, two big ones, they are five years old.
Charlotteee - 2010-09-04
I got two fantails a long while ago and they where called tango and fanta both with and orange spots :) sadly tango died and we replaced them with a large white orange and black one called poppy, then we got a small one called fanny (i know, i think my dad was drunk when naming this one hehee ) but the other two bullied her so she was removed and died. I suppose she was injured or lonely. ): but we still have fanta and poppy :d

Ian - 2007-03-21
i bought two fantails last month and they're so cute! they're only 2.5 cm long. one's orange all over and the other is spotted black and orange.
still not named them yet, but they love their new tank with 6 sides and roman pillars. Hopefully going to get another two and see if they win the best fish and fish tank competition. wish me luck!

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  • fantailfins - 2010-08-20
    Good luck!
Amber - 2008-07-23
I've got a goldfish, he or she is so cute. I had 2 but then nemo died, so I think smudge is sad and I dont no what to do, so if anyone can tell me about goldfish it would be most helpful. Thanx

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  • cat - 2010-08-20
    Buy another and see if that helps.
Jase - 2008-07-29
I have recently bought two fantail goldfish. I've had them for about 5 weeks now but 2 and a half weeks ago one sadly passed away. The other has been staring into his/her reflection ever since. I am wondering if someone could help me solve the reason why he/she is doing this. I Thought maybe it was because it was lonely. SO I wonder if I should I buy another fantail goldfish now, or wait until the other has finally come back to normal.

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  • fantailfan - 2010-08-20
    I think buy another fantail, but introduce it slowly.