Types of Goldfish – Which Are Pond Fish?

fish for outdoor ponds
Comets and fantails – 2 of the varieties that live happily in ponds

There are so many types of goldfish it can be difficult to choose which goldfish to take home. You may like the most colorful or prettiest but it’s helpful to research the different varieties to understand the major differences.

If you’re planning a pond it’s important to know which varieties of goldfish make ideal pond fish.

The different varieties of goldfish each come with their own characteristics and challenges. Understanding the challenges can make a big difference in the final decision making process.

Fantail goldfish

  • It has a short body with a high dorsal fin
  • The color may vary
  • The fantail goldfish is perfect for an outdoor pond. It can survive year round as long as the water is deep enough to ensure a warm area is left at the bottom of the pond

Common goldfish

  • This fish is generally orange and yellow
  • The common goldfish is easy to take care of and is a very social pet
  • This fish is one of the most popular

Blackmoor goldfish

  • These were given their name because originally they were always black. Oher colors are now available
  • Some of the blackmoor goldfish have a telescopic eye that protrudes out of the head. Others have a normal eye
  • The blackmoor goldfish are not well suited for the outdoor pond or any fish tank with many decorations. They tend to have poor vision making it hard for them to see predators outdoors and sharp objects indoors
  • They also have difficulty finding their food and may not be the best goldfish for all aquariums

Comet goldfish

  • These are red-orange and yellow
  • They have a very long body and require plenty of room to swim
  • Comets make good pond fish

The lionhead goldfish

  • This fish has a short body with no dorsal fin
  • It is a very colorful goldfish
  • The lionhead is best for an indoor aquarium

The bubble eye goldfish

  • A small fancy variety of goldfish
  • The eyes on the fish are almost entirely surrounded by a fluid-filled sac. The eyes can easily become damaged, so it best to place the bubble eye in a tank of their own

There are so many more types of goldfish that can be excellent additions to any home. It really comes down to personal choice and if you are looking for aquarium or pond fish.

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