Fantail

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Description of the Fantail

The Fantail is one of the many varieties of fancy goldfish and is recognised by its slightly egg shaped body and double/split fins. It is the western form of the Japanese Ryukin goldfish and is a lot smaller than other fancy goldfish varieties. The fantail can be purchased in a variety of colors and is a great community fish, ideal for the beginner.

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Fantail

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Popular Name: Fantail
Species:
Carassius auratus auratus


Profile of the Fantail
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Fantail species. A video has also been included.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 13 to 21 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Commercial Dried Fish Food

  • Temperament: Sociable, good community fish

  • Habitat: Coldwater Aquariums and Outdoor Ponds

  • Behaviour: Good, needs plenty of space, ideally home in a large tank with plenty of planting

Scientific Classification of the Fantail
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

  • Popular Name: Fantail

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

 

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Fantail?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!



Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Fantail slimy?
Fantail secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Fantail to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Fantail have gills?
Gills enable the Fantail to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Fantail have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Fantail has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Fantail has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Fantail has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Fantail has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Fantail

Fantail

  • Interesting Information about Fantail

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Fantail slimy?

  • Why do the Fantail have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Fantail have fins?

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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