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Discussion in 'Goldfish and Koi' started by juicebox, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. juicebox

    juicebox Member

    Jul 28, 2006
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    Alabama, USA
    Common name: Oranda

    Scientific name: Carassius auratus

    Family: Cyprinidae

    Origin: China

    Size: 7 - 12 inches / 17.8 - 30.5 centimeters. * larger sizes are possible.

    Temperature: 65 - 78 °F / 18 - 25 °C. *orandas can survive higher and lower temperatures; however, they are most comfortable in this range. They do make good pond fish but if in Northern climates then summer and autumn only.

    Description: A deep-bodied fancy goldfish characterized by the wen/hood that grows on top of the head. At times, the wen/hood is liable to partially or completely cover the eyes. The wen/hood begins to grow around 3 or 4 months, but may take up to 2 years to fully develop.
    Different colours of fish exist from a deep all over red to black, blue, chocolate, red/white, tricolour and panda which is black and white. The redcap is also a popular type of Oranda with a pure white body and red head growth. You can also get calico Orandas and scale patterns can be matte or metallic. The head is square in shape unlike the fantail which is more pointed and mouse like.

    Care: Orandas are compatible with other fancy goldfish varieties, but should not be mixed with faster swimming varieties. Bad water quality may affect the growth of the wen/hood, and low protein may also affect the growth. In Southern states of America such as California and Florida they can be kept in outdoor ponds in mild winters

    Feeding: Orandas are omnivorous; they will benefit from a wide range of food, and will eat standard flakes, pellets, bloodworms, daphnia, and leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, cucumber, peas, and spinach.

    Comments: In my experience, orandas enjoy the company of other goldfish and are very social fish. This species is one of my favorite types of goldfish! :)

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    Pictures courtesy of aquariumfish.net


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