Over many years the common goldfish has been bred to produce many different and attractive colours, we also have a variety of body and fin shapes. Unfortunately, in my opinion, many of the modern types go beyond what is acceptable and can actually be described as deformed. We have fish with huge "pop eyes" and bloated bodies. Fish with heads covered in what can only be described as abnormal growths. Fish with their eyes on the top of their heads. Can anyone realy say that the fish on the right above is an improvement to the species? I repeat, this is only my opinion, but breeding deformed fish (or any animal) for the novelty value is wrong.
I agree with you completely. I had a lovely goldfish "Dolly" with those lumps on her head. By the time she was 4 years old she could no longer see to eat. She starved to death, and I couldn't do a thing about it. Goldie, her tank mate is now 8 years old, and lives with Tapioca, his friend, who is only 2 years old. One is huge and the other is tiny, but they seem to enjoy each other's company, although feeding them is problematic.
Well, I tend to agree about the current breeding of the Gold Fish. As of late I unfortunately have not seen a real goldfish... (laughs) I still feel that just the resiliant color of gold alone was kind of a neat deal when it came to the goldfish. Now they have these goldfish that have ballooned mouths and puffy eyes that make them look like they got into a boxing match with a convict cichlid and lost. What happened to the original goldfish?
I do agree that goldfish have been bred for "grotesque value". However, what better chance to tell people about aquariums and fish keeping than when someone asks "what in the HECK is that?" I've kept fancy goldfish for almost 10 years, including lionheads, bubble eyes, telescopes, ryukins, you name it . . .and they never fail to get comments and questions! Even these fancies though, with care taken to decorate your aquarium in a way that won't hurt those eyes, are some of the hardiest fish I've ever kept. They adapt well to temperature changes, they help clean the bottom of the tank, and are fairly disease resistant. Fancy goldfish definitely get my seal of approval!
It's very common for goldfish, more often the younger ones, to change colors. Your fish living long enough and being healthy enough to change colors is something you should be proud of! My young common goldfish has just turned from his 'fry' grey coloring to yellow, and now he's going gold!
I don't know why people would say such terrible things about fancy goldfish. About the person who said their goldfish died because it couldn't see to eat...I don't think that was the cause, they can smell when there's food in the aquarium...mine even know that when the lid is opened that food is probably nearby. I LOVE goldfish and their unique shapes and "abnormalities", which don't hinder them if their water quality is good and they are kept with similarly "handicapped" breeds of goldfish. I only saw ONE nice comment about fancy goldfish and thought more people need to stick up for these wonderful, intelligent fish. I keep Bubble eyes, Pearlscales, Celestial eyes, Orandas, Ryukins, Fantails, Butterfly Moors, and, in the near future Ranchus and Pompoms.