Fancy Goldfish Question

Madison1017

Member
Super random question just because I'm curious --

I have a 37 gallon tank that is currently a community tank, but was wondering if I could maybe keep fancy goldfish in it one day? Perhaps maybe one or two smaller breeds of fancy goldfish like ranchus? Or would it be too small for them? I see conflicting information about minimum tank sizes for fancies. Was just curious because I've kind of fallen in love with them. Thanks!
 

CrackerboxPalace

Member
On their own, I don’t see why not. Just avoid larger types such as orandas or commons.
 

Michael.j.gomez

Member
Hello, on some sites min tank size varied from 10-20gal for 1 & 10gal for each additional fish. Saw a pic of an oranda from a pond & decided to go w/20.
 

oldsalt777

Member
Madison1017 said:
Super random question just because I'm curious --

I have a 37 gallon tank that is currently a community tank, but was wondering if I could maybe keep fancy goldfish in it one day? Perhaps maybe one or two smaller breeds of fancy goldfish like ranchus? Or would it be too small for them? I see conflicting information about minimum tank sizes for fancies. Was just curious because I've kind of fallen in love with them. Thanks!
Hello Madi...

A Goldfish isn't a tropical fish. So, you shouldn't keep it with tropicals. Goldfish like their water much cooler than tropicals. Goldfish get much larger than tropicals and the tropicals could eventually end up as lunch even if you somehow found a water temperature that would be good for both. Goldfish really need larger tanks. 20 gallons for the first fish and 5 gallons for every one after that. 37 gallons would be fine for a few of the fancier, smaller species. If you keep Goldfish, keep the fancies together. They're slower swimmers. And, keep the Commons and Comets together, they're fast. That way, the faster ones don't eat all the food before the slow ones can get their share. But, keep Goldfish and tropical fish separate.

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Rtessy

Member
If you're keeping them with other fish, no.
If it's just goldfish, sure. Ranchu, lionheads, pearlscales, and Yuan Bao orandas rarely get over 6", so two would be fine.
 

Skavatar

Member
technically, goldfish are temperate fish. many of the fancy breeds are bred and raised in the tropics, like Hawaii, Florida, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brazil, etc.

goldfish can be kept in a community tank, just depends on what other fish you have in there. i'd definitely avoid the sucking fishes. small docile fish would make good tank mates for ranchus.
 
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Madison1017

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Sorry if my post wasn't clear -- my tank has community fish in it now but I was thinking of putting goldfish in it when the tropical community fish eventually die off (hopefully not for awhile though). It would then be a fancy goldfish only tank, kept at appropriate temps for them. I follow a goldfish group on facebook and just adore the ranchus and other types I see on there! I just wanted to make sure they'd be okay in that size before planning anything. Thanks everyone!
 

goldface

Member
Madison1017 said:
Sorry if my post wasn't clear -- my tank has community fish in it now but I was thinking of putting goldfish in it when the tropical community fish eventually die off (hopefully not for awhile though). It would then be a fancy goldfish only tank, kept at appropriate temps for them. I follow a goldfish group on facebook and just adore the ranchus and other types I see on there! I just wanted to make sure they'd be okay in that size before planning anything. Thanks everyone!
You could do 3-4.
 

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