Comet

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Description of the Comet

The Comet is an ideal fish for the beginner and it is suitable for an indoor tank or an outdoor pond. It is very similar to the Common Goldfish but it has a longer tail. The Comet doesn't grow as fast or end up as large as the Common Goldfish.

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Popular Name: Comet
Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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Comet

Profile of the Comet
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Comet species.

  • Size: 18 to 25cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: Outdoor Pond or Coldwater Tank

  • Diet / Feeding: Commercial Dried Fish Food Flakes

  • Temperament: Social fish

  • Behaviour: Fast, Lively Swimmer that needs plenty of space

Scientific Classification of the Comet
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: Comet - Sarasa Comet

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

 

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Comet?
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 Comet slimy?
Comet secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Comet 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 Comet have gills?
Gills enable the Comet 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 Comet 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 Comet has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Comet

Comet

  • Interesting Information about Comet

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Comet slimy?

  • Why do the Comet have gills?

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

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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