Friday, 5 March 2010

Comet Goldfish

The comet goldfish or comet-tailed goldfish is the most common variety of fancy goldfish. It is similar to the common goldfish, except slightly smaller and slimmer, and is mainly distinguished by its long deeply forked tail.

The comet goldfish variety is thought to have originated from the United States around the 1800s. It is a single-tail long bodied goldfish. This goldfish variety is an excellent choice for beginners. It is a hardy strain that can be kept in an outdoor pond or aquarium.

About Comet Goldfish

One thing can be distinguished comet goldfish and the common goldfish is long, single and deeply forked tail fin owned by a comet goldfish. The tails can grow up to 12 inches in length in the optimum conditions. Comets goldfish with yellow, orange, red, white, and red-and-white coloration are common.

 Orange Comet Goldfish 

Comet Goldfish

 White Comet Goldfish 

White Comet Goldfish - Picture by Roderick Santos

The Comet is more active than most other goldfish breeds. It is not unusual to see a Comet dashing back and forth in his tank, racing around in a playful manner. Due to the comet's hardy and active nature, and the relative ease in caring for them, they are the breed best suited to ponds and outdoor pools. They are often kept with koi in outdoor ponds. Comet goldfish have a natural life span of 7 to 14 years and may live even longer in optimum conditions.

Types of Comet Goldfish

Sarasa comets are the most popular variety of comet goldfish, which can be recognized by the white patterning and deep red extending over the fins and body. Although the Sarasa Comet is originally from China, the word 'sarasa' is of Japanese origin.

Sarasa Comet Goldfish - Picture by Humanfeather

The Tancho single-tail is similar to the comet-tail but it has a silver-colored body and fins with a single red patch on the head