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How Many Different Types of Fancy Goldfish are There?

Updated on April 8, 2016

A Variety of Colors

When people decide to set up new fish aquariums, or when children ask their parents if they can have their first pet to learn responsibility by caring for an animal, goldfish are usually the kind of fish they get. They are very common, popular, and the Comets are easy to care for. This is a picture of my two Comets and one of my albino Danios.

Types and Colors

They are available in many different types, such as Fantails, Orandas, Comets, Shubunkins, Lionhead, Blackmoors, Celestial, and Bubble eye. They are also available in many different colors, such as orange, red, red and white, black, and calico. These pictures are my Comet goldfish that I had for seven years.

My Aquarium

In 1992, I set up my first fish aquarium and I got one large orange Oranda goldfish and one large orange Fantail goldfish. After I had them for awhile, I got two red and white Orandas. A few years later, I got some more orange and calico colored fantails and some orange, red, red and white, and white Comets. I also had male Bettas, Paradise Fish, and Danios. I currently only have two orange Comet goldfish and two white albino Danios.

Goldfish Books - From Amazon

Some children's books to teach younger kids more about their first pet.

Orange Fantail

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice pictures! I know there are different types of goldfish because i saw them at my uncle's house :)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I plan to get another aquarium set up very soon. Have not had one for awhile. I sure enjoy the fish. Didn't realize there were so many varieties of goldfish. Always love learning more. Thank you!

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      PippiDust 5 years ago

      I had no idea there are so many different types of goldfish. Great photos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. We once had a salt water aquarium, was a lot of fun. Now we have a pond with goldfish, love to watch them :)

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Very nice photos. I didn't realize there were different types.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      I know a girl that has a fish just like the one in the picture.

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      r2fish 7 years ago

      This is a very useful information...thank you

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      That pearlscale one is pretty! I had no idea there were so many different types of goldfish. thanks for the education.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love how you use your "family pictures". I sure didn't know that there are so many different kinds of goldfish, you are a fountain of information.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      We kept goldfish for many years as well as a 50 gallon tropical tank. Fish are a lot of fun and so peaceful to watch.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We can easily snorkel to see these lovely fish but we miss them when we get back to North America. Just can't have an aquarium as we go away for some time but it is very relaxing to have in the house.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i had a pond in the garden teaming with golfish and golden orfs till one of my boys fell in i guess i panicked and filled it in but now they are older i would love to start up again or maybe have an aquarium in the house i love watching fish.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Beautiful ... makes me want an aquarium again, but it wouldn't be fair with 6 cats. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      You made me miss having an aquarium so badly! For years we had gold-fish and other fish, it is so peaceful to watch them.

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Comet "feeders" are my favorites!

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      SnoopyGirl1 7 years ago

      I love the black moors with their big buggy eyes! They are sweet. We have had those and goldfish. But my favorite fish to keep are angelfish. They are smart and so graceful. Thanks for sharing all this helpful info about goldfish. Thumbs up!

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I love aquariums. Goldfish are probably my favorite fresh water fish. I've not had much experience keeping my own, although I did have a Betta fish for a while.

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      Amelia7410 7 years ago

      GOsh, I didnt know that there are so many names in Gold fish. When I was young my parents and I had about 20. I called one the Lion Head because it looked like a lion's mane abit. I had pearl scales and comets too. THe Oranda, Ryukin and Black moors were the biggest like fist size. Because we had only one black more...and the rest are gold colored, do you know what happened? Black moore became Gold moore! We didnt know it can do that. we just thought it was dying because the scales are turning pale. Thanks for writing about them.

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      QuirkySue 7 years ago

      I had a tank full of assorted goldfish 10 years ago. Beautiful fish to watch.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great lens!

      I have learned a lot from this one.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      I love the beautiful goldfish photos!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love aquarium but haven't had the patience and time to have one. Very informative lens on goldfish.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love this lens. Having three Persian cats would make goldfish in a tank an adventure too far but I do have a pond with comets and shubunkins and ghost koi! :)

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      termit_bronx 7 years ago

      Lovely lens, Goldfishes are cute :)

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      fish_problems 7 years ago

      I loved your pictures and most of the information -- interesting lens! However, I disagree with your statement that goldfish are easy to keep - they are definitely popular, but many are quite demanding care-wise.

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      fish_problems 7 years ago

      @Jack2205: That isn't necessarily true! Many of the fancy varieties really should not be kept with any other breeds, especially movement and sight impaired ones such as telescopes, bubble eyes and pearlscales.

      And most of the fancies with the egg shaped bodies and longer fins simply cannot compete with the faster single-tail varieties when it comes to food.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      I loved our goldfish when we had them. Loved the pictures of all the different types. Blessed by an angel.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      It's funny how much personality a fish can have! Nice page.

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      ZazzleEnchante 7 years ago

      Good selection of articles & all the main goldfish types featured! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      An attractive and informative lens. Thank you.

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Love fishes. The golds are nice and the clowns. Something about the bright order that is so attractive. Nice lens. *****.

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      Jack 8 years ago

      [in reply to JaguarJulie]

      Thanks for your comments. All of the different types of goldfish can be kept together.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Isn't it truly amazing how many remarkable goldfish you can see in an aquarium? Are there a recommended list of which fish thrive 'well' with each other?