Animal Stories - Lionhead Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Lionhead Goldfish

The Lionhead Goldfish develops a fleshy growth that looks somewhat like a lion's mane... hence the name "Lionhead"!
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Joeye - 2011-04-04
Hi, I had a pair of lionhead goldfish. I bought them on sunday and early morning on monday, they died. The water is still clear, I did pour some non-chlorine liquid, some weed and I feed them. I don't know what happened to both of them. Do they require an oxygen tank? Because I had one before this pair and she was with me for one year without oxygen tank and weed. What happened? I want to keep some more but I'm afraid they will die.

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  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    You need to cycle your tank. Completely set up your tank and for about a week, keep it empty and feed your empty tank a little bit every day. The rotting food will cause colonies of good bacteria to grow. They in turn break down amonia. After a week, your fully established tank will be fit for some fish.
Elana - 2011-01-18
I have two fishes and they are so active but it's been two
Days one of them looks like she lost her balance, always
Stays at the bottom ..! She was never like that ..! Can
Anybody tell me what to do? I don't her to die.

paula - 2010-10-31
I got my lionhead and ranchu when they were about 1 inch long almost 2 years ago, but they haven't grown as much as I think they should have. I have them in a 50 gal aquarium with 2 cory cats. How can I get them to grow bigger, faster?

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  • marisa - 2011-01-04
    Take the cory cats out they may be eating the food for the lion heads so they are not getting all the nutrients they need. And maybe out them in a smaller tank. If the growths are covering their eyes you may have to hand feed them so they are eating properly.
ekroo - 2010-11-04
Can I put 2 lion head goldfish in 20 gallon fish tank high?

kirsten - 2010-08-07
I was in my local pet shop today, buying a new pearlscale goldfish and I noticed for the first time how cute lionheads are, and now I really want one! However I was wondering, what are good tank mates for them? From what I can gather from other comments, they seem like pretty aggressive fish! Any replies would be great :)

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  • ash - 2010-09-25
    Fishes such as koi, comet goldfishes etc which are fast moving are not good companions for the lion the way lion heads are not aggressive..... :)
  • Bao - 2010-10-03
    They are the most gentle goldfish of the three types (I kept Ruykin, Lion Head and Oranda before). Don't be intimidated by their active-ness. If I have a choice I would keep only 2 types: Lion Head and oranda. Ruykin is the most aggressive of the three.
DebTim - 2008-08-12
I have two Lion Heads, Einstein and Frills. Einstein is getting huge. He is so amusing to watch. Sometimes I think he's dead. He will lay on the bottom upside down, always in the same position and always in the same place in the tank. I think it's his bedroom. Sometimes Einy just floats around the tank and yes sometimes on his back. I wonder if that is reason for concern. He's about 6 inches long now. Frills is only about 4 inches. When it's feeding time I tap the food container on the rim of the tank and poof they are both there instantly. They share their tank with a bubble-eyed black goldfish - Azeem. I have had loads of fish tanks, usually two going at once, but I have to say my lion heads are by far my favorite!

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  • lindsay - 2010-09-26
    How hard are lionheads to take care of? I mean I want one but is a 10gal tank ok?
Mike - 2010-03-23
I have 2 Lion Heads in a 40 gallon breeder tank and they love it. They are about 2 inches.

ben - 2009-02-01
I have 2 lionhead goldfish, Azeem and Dorama. They are the most interesting fish. I got them at wal-mart. After falling in love with them I went to get them on thanksgiving day. They are now living in a 10 gal tank and I am getting a 20 gallon for them. They live with 2 snails, Zeus and Hades. I love this website and goldfish.

Heather - 2008-03-14
I have had a lionhead goldfish now for about 6 years. When I got her she was two inches long and brown, now she is 8 inches long and a gold-orange. She also developed what looked like telescope eye and everybody was telling me she was sick with pop-eye... but both of her eyes are popped out now for 4 years and she seems very healthy and she seems to just keep growing! Also, now that she's big, I have to be careful what I put in with her. If it's not bigger than her mouth, she will eat it. The only thing that can live with her is a comet goldfish that survived being eaten out of 15. The comet is now about 4-5 inches long. I've been thinking about selling my lionhead but can't seem to find a place that has a pricing scale.

Emily - 2007-12-07
I have two lionheads. They live with 2 orandas, a telescope, a black moor, 2 pearlscales, and a ryukin in a 90 gallon tank. They are really sweet fish and are full of personality.
Kim Parker: Lionheads with dorsal fins are called orandas.
Animal-World: Lionheads and ranchu are 2 seperate breeds.