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The varying types &

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Colors, Shapes and Sizes make for different types of Goldfish
Mark Sturge

The types of goldfish vary, and the characteristics that make
this diversity evident are recognized in their scale coloring,
the shape and size of the goldfish, the look of their tails, and
of course, by their different names. Nevertheless, regardless of
how one goldfish may look, or if it has a different title from
the next, all goldfish come from the same family, originating
from the gibel carp found in the streams of China.

The only reason why there are so many unique looking types of
goldfish is because they have been purposely bred to look

Why? It may or may not come as a surprise to you but appearance
matters to goldfish enthusiasts, and may be something you will
want to consider yourself when looking at the types of goldfish
that are available on the market.

For instance, did you know that goldfish are available in more
colors than just gold? In fact, there are goldfish that are
colored yellow, red, bronze, blue and even black! What’s more is
there are some goldfish that have a mixture of colors in their
scales. However, although goldfish scales can come in more than
one shade, hue, or splash of color, many types of goldfish are
also categorized by their tails.

There are four types of goldfish tail categories that you can
consider when selecting your goldfish. The four categories
include the single tailed, double tailed, double tailed without
dorsal fin, and the double tailed with dorsal fin. While each
type of goldfish in these categories has differences within their
own groups based on their color, body and fin size, the one
feature which remains constant within their grouping is their
shape. Take for example the single tailed goldfish, which has
three goldfish within its category: Comets, Commons and
Shubunkins. Although each of these types of goldfish has a
slender body shape, Comets generally have gold scales and a long
single fin tail, whereas the Shubunkins is bigger in size, and
has calico colored (a mix of violet, orange red and black)

Aside from these noted differences, you will discover that the
single tailed goldfish, as well as the double tailed goldfish,
share the same slender body shape characteristic; while both the
double tailed goldfish with the dorsal fin and those without,
feature an egg shaped body. Moreover, the double tailed with the
dorsal fin, and those double tailed without the dorsal fin are
unique types of goldfish that have exotic characteristics. Some
of these characteristics include a wen (head growth) seen in the
Oranda and Pearlscale goldfish, and telescope eyes, as seen in
the Telescope and Moors goldfish.

As you can see, there are many aspects to consider when it comes
to choosing from the different available types of goldfish. Just
remember, depending on the fish you want, certain care methods
will be required that are based on different characteristics for
each of the goldfish types.

Mark Sturge is webmaster of A site where
you can learn all about goldfish care and the different types of
goldfish to choose from.

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